Oliver Thambo once said: “We have a vision of South Africa in which all of its people shall live and work together as equals in conditions of peace and prosperity.” South Africa was brought to a halt on Monday, 30 October, in various cities, highways, roads, towns as communities were participated in Black Monday, a peaceful awareness protest organised for South Africans to have the opportunity to say: “Enough is enough”.
It was a black Monday in Mkhondo as more than 1 500 farmers, farm workers, community members, business owners and church leaders came together on their knees, with opening prayer by Reverend Roelf van Niekerk.
The aim of the protest was to create awareness for the brutal manner in which our South African farmers and workers are being murdered. The protestors gathered at the NG Church and made their way from there to the corner of De Wet – and Church Street where Mr Paul addressed the crowd. He said that South Africans can no longer ignore the impact that these senseless crimes have on our country.
He also said that farmers and farm workers need to become aware of their safety and take the necessary precautions by joining the various organisations who stand against these nonsensical murders. Mr Mathebula, from Insika Yesizwe of South Africa, an organisation that focuses on peace and prosperity and who represents farmers and workers in South Africa, addressed the audience and thanked all the various attendants for participating in large numbers. He stated that everyone who joined is planting their voices, emotions and attitude towards the brutal killing and attacks on farmers.
Every South African ought to know that farmers are the core to our country’s survival. If you had anything to eat today, you need to thank a farmer. Mr Mathebula directed an invitation to the justice system to contact Insika Yesizwe and rethink the strategies pertaining to how we as a nation, need to combat these crimes. In 2017 alone, more than 500 farm attacks and over 70 murders have been reported and this is completely unacceptable. South African ci-tizens are feeling that the country’s justice system is failing them.
A farm murderer is often ruthless and he will not be stopped by anyone or anything. In return, this farm murderer is not only killing the farmer, he is in fact robbing children of a father, a wife of her husband and even an employer of providing an income to his workers. We as a community of Mkhondo will not accept farm attacks and murders anymore. It was mentioned that we need to start within the boundaries of Mkhondo and make sure that farm attacks and murders do not happen and will not be accepted here in our midst.
The protest ended with a beautiful message and prayer from Mr N. Sima-mane, Secretary of Insika Yesizwe of South Africa, who quoted 2 Chronicles 7:14: “If my people, which are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and I will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” Before everyone left, Mr Krynauw, a farmer who was recently attacked on his farm, situated on the Bothashoop road, addressed the crowd to thank each and every person who attended to his emergency.
Mr Krynauw added that he is most greatful to the Lord for sparing him. The organisers thanked Mkhondo Local Municipality, the local SAPS and the Court for their co-operation in organising this march. The community would like to thank the organisers for arranging this peaceful march, for each and every person who made the time to participate.