Bikers from across South Africa are expected to roar on the lawns of Union buildings on Saturday to highlight farm murders in the country, although they did not obtain permission from the authorities for their protest action.
The so-called ‘on the way’ protest is organized by the Stop Farm Murders movement along with various other organizations, with Gauteng’s convoy planning to pick up bikers at collection points in Springs, Brakpan, Benoni and Boksburg along the R21 road. .
“The government is doing nothing to have our farmers murdered.”
Debbie Els, Stop Farm Murders Attacks Movement.
“The flowers and crosses are meant to draw the government’s attention to strengthening the farm killings law,” added Tommie Blignaut, another organizer.
“ Restore the death penalty ” among the demands
The Stop Farm Murders Attacks movement is also calling for the reinstatement of the death penalty for those convicted of farm murders.
Blignaut said current laws allow perpetrators to obtain bail with no real repercussions once they have been found guilty.
“Farmers are being killed. It’s ridiculous that people die like this. It is about sending a message that the acts of violence that are happening in our country cannot be tolerated, ”he said.
“We hope that the president and the government as a whole will take these crimes seriously.”
‘Gatvol ‘and take a stand
Blignaut said several requests for permission for their passage from authorities had failed, but the protest would continue nonetheless.
“We will observe all the rules of Covid-19. Everyone must have a mask. Because we will not stop to gather, social distancing will be respected. ”
“Our food basket is being killed and we cannot sit and watch. We strongly believe in our cause and will move forward on Saturday. “
“During this protest action, we will ask the Minister of Safety and Security or the Minister of Police to provide within a reasonable timeframe concrete measures to stem the scourge of agricultural massacres,” said the KZN Motorcycling Alliance in a statement.
Agricultural organization TLU SA said there had been 26 farm murders up to July 7 and that between January and March of this year TLU SA said it recorded 71 farm attacks and 14 murders. Since then, he adds, violent crime has started to increase to levels comparable to pre-lockdown, and between April and June, 68 attacks and 12 murders took place.
““ Analysis of murder victims undoubtedly shows that white farmers, families and farm workers account for two-thirds of murder victims. The particularly high levels of violence and torture indicate a high level of racial hatred, which concerns us deeply, ”said Chris Van Zyl of the ULT.