Pretoria – Police Minister Fikile Mbalula is part of the problem in solving the ongoing scourge of farm attacks and murders which have left South African farmers fearing for their lives, civil rights group AfriForum on Monday.
"We do not get feedback from the minister, so we believe that the minister is part of the problem at this stage. We will continue to put pressure on government but we are not going to align our campaign in such a way that the solution will, at the end of the day, depend on the minister," AfriForum deputy CEO Ernst Roets told African News Agency (ANA) in Pretoria.
He was speaking at a farm murder protest at Voortrekker Monument, south Pretoria, where protesters dressed in black gathered.
"We are going to continue. We are going to look at our own safety better. We are going to continue with international awareness campaigns. We are going to continue with all of these protest gatherings but we not going to wait for the minister. Fikile Mbalula has made it quite clear that he is not prepared to do something about this."
Thousands of people took to the streets in different parts of South Africa, in a protest dubbed #BlackMonday, raising international awareness on the attacks and killings of farmers in the country.
Several major roads were blockaded in Cape Town and in Pretoria.