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Political parties, civil society groups to march against farm attacks

Cope's Mosiuoa Lekota, who has endorsed this weekend's march, says the Constitution is clear that all people of South Africa should be protected.

Cope leader Mosiuoa Lekota. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Several organisations will be marching to the Union Buildings on Saturday to call on government to act against farm attacks.

Civil organisations standing with AfriForum include Solidarity, agriculture union TAU South Africa and political parties such as the Democratic Alliance (DA), Freedom Front Plus and Congress of the People (Cope).

DA shadow deputy police minister Dianne Kohler-Barnard says government does not prioritise the safety of farmers and workers.

“We’re talking about one farmer feeding about 2,000 people. Every time a farmer is murdered, that’s another 2,000 people looking for food elsewhere.”

Cope's Mosiuoa Lekota, who has endorsed the march, says the Constitution is clear that all people of South Africa should be protected.

“Some people think we are saying this for sweetness of words. We are here to underline that this South Africa belongs to all of us, black and white.”

Saturday's march will begin at the Pretoria Art Museum and will end at the Union Buildings, where a memorandum will be handed to the Presidency.

Earlier this month, thousands of farmers and supporters, including farm workers, participated in the national Black Monday campaign aimed at highlighting the number of attacks and killings involving farmers.

WATCH: #BlackMonday: Protests against farm murders

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

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