Wearing Black for our Farmers


Klapmuts, near Stellenbosch, where Joubert Conradie was killed. Photo: FB/Jeanine Tonkin Lotz

by Steuart Pennington

Although I’m dressed in black, as is my wife and daughter, and although I live in an agricultural community in the KZN Midlands I feel, on this perfect summer’s day, somewhat removed from the agony of many of my compatriots as they gather to demonstrate the terrible violence perpetrated on our farming community.

But I am proud, very proud of those South Africans who are standing up – in black – to crime… as seen in these photos and videos from #BlackMonday, https://www.sapeople.com/2017/10/30/blackmonday-solidarity-south-africa-photos-videos/ as citizens mourn together – wearing black – in memory of all those who have died in violent crimes, including farmers. The suggestion to wear black today was made by a devastated farm manager on Tuesday after Joubert Conradie was murdered on his farm near Stellenbosch in the latest spate of farm murder attacks to haunt the country. 70 people have died in farm attacks since the start of the year. Every day an average of 52 people are murdered. South Africans have had enough…

Gatherings are being held around the country. In Vereeniging, the R59 highway has been blocked by trucks and cars. Similar scenes are being seen around Gauteng, near Pretoria; in Bloemfontein in the Free State and in Klapmuts, near Stellenbosch, in the Western Cape, where Conradie was killed.

Louwrens Kniep, organiser of Pretoria’s go-slow, told Jacarandafm News that this is “not only for all the farmers, this is for all the people of South Africa that lost people due to violent crime“.

Source: FB/Jacques Hough

Some hope the Government will listen and take the murders seriously. Others hope the world will listen and intervene. And others hope South Africans will stand in solidarity and make the country safer together.

My meagre contribution was to post on Facebook

  • I support farmers
  • I support a transparent land audit
  • I support orderly land reform
  • I support prioritizing food security

I support unreservedly those who are out there making their presence felt for this important cause.