Cape Town - A convoy of several thousand people protesting against the killing on farms has arrived at the Cape Town stadium.
The #BlackMonday protest started at Kanonkop in Stellenbosch on Monday morning and then proceeded on the R44 and the R101, from where it travelled along the key transport corridor of Voortrekker Road into the city centre.
Vehicles, mainly bakkies and SUVs, entered the stadium precinct at around midday after the slow drive from Stellenbosch and surrounding areas. Vehicles hooted as they arrived, dropping protesters clad in black. The protesters carried placards saying "Stop farm murders" and "Stand up against farm murders", while many said "criminals today have more rights than those that are being victimised".
Many also carried little crosses to symbolise what they said were the continued murders committed against the country's farming community.
By lunchtime the parking area around Cape Town stadium had filled with protesters while a heavy contingent of police, traffic authorities and emergency services were on standby on a day when the temperature in the city was set to reach around 35 degrees Celsius.
Organisers were initially expecting a convoy of around 500 vehicles and 2 000 people at the main protest in Cape Town although authorities said close to 10 000 had gathered at the starting point in Klapmuts. There were other smaller protests around the country, most notably in the capital Pretoria, at the Voortrekker monument.
Farmer Joubert Conradie was shot dead on his farm in Klapmuts, near Stellenbosch, last week, sparking the idea for the protest.