Pretoria – Protesters at the #BlackMonday protests staged in Pretoria to raise awareness on farm murders urged South African farmers to take control of their own safety.
"I come from a farming community where we do have a lot of issues with farm attacks and farm murders. It is friends and family on farms, and currently they are not safe. I am here in support of them," Pretoria resident Dirk Willem Nel told the African News Agency (ANA) during the protest at Voortrekker Monument.
"All the farmers need to, from their own finances and power, try and get their own families safe. We do not have a lot of support from police, and also farms are far from police stations. There isn't always quick response from the police. The minister of police is currently not engaging in any way. So people need to come forth on their own and try and bring safety to themselves and their neighbours on the farms."
Nel said if the current trend on farm attacks continues unabated, South Africa could experience food shortages as producing the food has become a life and death business.
"The end result in not protecting farmers is going to be food shortages, there's not going to be maize [mealie meal] on the shelves. We will need to import if the farmers aren't protected. Import costs are very high so it will bring shortages, and it will negatively affect the whole country."