The rural community of Gatvol in Limpopo took a very public stance on Tuesday, following reports from another murder on the farm in South Africa. Alwyn van Zyl was 78 when he was murdered by armed thieves last week, sparking large-scale protests. The suspects are due to appear in court near Naboomspruit at some point today.
RT‼ ️ if you support those farmers and farm workers who occupy the streets of Naboomspruit today as they stand up against #FarmAttack/#FarmMurder ‘peach #South Africa. The suspects accused of the murder of Alwyn Van Zyl are appearing there today. pic.twitter.com/Am3iE1cUTF
– Ian Cameron (@ IanCameron23) Aug 18, 2020
South Africa’s farm killings trigger ‘slowdown’ protests
Amazing aerial images and snapshots show the true scale of this demonstration. An organized “slowdown” – where traffic is deliberately slowed down by vehicles blocking the roads and crawling at a long snail pace – has caused queues for miles. Heavy agricultural vehicles, from harvesters to tractors, have also been deployed:
Demonstration against the killings on the farm: Modimolle Limpopo. Photos: Johan Abrie pic.twitter.com/OcuOp2D8n3
– Yusuf Abramjee (@Abramjee) Aug 18, 2020
Limpopo farming community fights back
The go-slow approaches the Magistrates’ Court where the suspects in the Alwyn van Zyl case will be formally dealt with on Tuesday. There has been an escalation in killings and farm attacks in 2020, despite months of forced lockdowns and a stronger police presence on the streets.
Rural crime, however, continues to rampage. Farmers of all stripes and creeds, including workers and landowners, were victims of these brutal attacks. Today, the agricultural industry refuses to remain silent on the issue:
Watch: Protests against farm killings engulf roads in Limpopo
– MadameG (@senoraaG) Aug 18, 2020
Boere en ander gemeenskapslede is in vreedsame betoging op pad na die Landdroshof in Mookgophong (Naboomspruit) waar die verdagtes in die moordsaak van Alwyn van Zyl (78) verskyn. #Limpopo pic.twitter.com/k9SmgsvZQh
– Polokwane Review (@PolokwaneReview) Aug 18, 2020