Satuarday the 2nd of June 2012 at the annual white cross monument "Witkruismonument" in Ysterberg just outside Polokwane. Each cross represents a farmer that has been killed in a farm murder in South Africa. Picture. Adrian de Kock

Adrian de Kock

FAMILY members of murdered farmers came together in Ysterberg just outside Polokwane, Limpopo, to plant a white cross for each loved one killed in a farm attack.

Event organiser Lita Fourie, who lost her parents on April 16, 2000, on a farm in Phalaborwa, Limpopo, said the white crosses started in 2003 when farmers started putting crosses on the side of the road in remembrance.

Fourie, who put up her family’s crosses in 2009, said the crosses started to fall over and the whole thing looked untidy.

A farmer in the area dedicated a section of his farm to the cause, which is now known as the White Crosses Monument. The organisers say they are in the process of applying for the place to be made a permanent monument.

Former AWB leader Eugene Terre’Blanche, who was murdered on his farm outside Ventersdorp on April 3, 2010, had a cross planted on the top of the hill by the “Ware Boere Weerstandsbeweging and Geloftevolk Republikeine”.

To date, more than 4 000 crosses have been planted on the hill. Many of the crosses have been left unmarked, waiting for family members to come forward.