- Bikers led a protest in Cape Town which ended at the parliamentary buildings where they demanded urgent action against farm attacks
- The group ended the protest with Debbie Els of the Stop Farm Murders Attacks Movement reading out a memorandum
- South Africans are aware of the need for farmers and the important function they play in society
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A group of bikers led a protest in Cape Town in response to the recent increases in farm attacks in South Africa.
The group eventually gathered outside the Parliamentary buildings, carrying signs reading “Stop farm killings” and “No farms, no food”.
“The government is not doing anything about our farmers being murdered” said Debbie Els of the Stop Farm Murders Attacks Movement.
She proceeded to read a memorandum to the crowd:
"Without farmers we are facing hunger,” she said.
Els said that farmers are easy targets for criminals and the government should do more to help protect farmers by assisting farmers in getting security equipment and training.
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“We need to ensure that we secure our bread basket,” she said.
Afriforum estimated last year that there were 57 farm murders.
Sihle Ngobese, whose social media handle is Big Daddy Liberty, said that South Africa needs to unite regardless of race.
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“In this country, it is the politicians who try and divide us,” he said. Ngobese said that he was proud to see South Africans standing up for the farming community.
“I love our flag. I love our family and I call for freedom!” he said. ”It is time for us to draw the line in the sand and say enough is enough.”
“People are killing the people that feed us,” said Vanessa Minnie. “We need to support our farmers and save their lives”. She said that the government needs to acknowledge that there is a problem and have forums in place to deal with the issues. “Farmers desperately need security,” she said.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that the ANC and DA have said they will work together to fight farm attacks and increase farm security.
On Wednesday, Cameron Dugmore, the ANC leader in the Western Cape provincial legislature, said that his party would not "make crime a party political issue".
He said he would urgently set up a meeting with Premier Alan Winde and Police Minister Bheki Cele regarding the issue of farm murders.
In other news, Briefly.co.za reported that the Democratic Alliance has confirmed that they are about to take farm murders all the way to Parliament.
With numerous crimes reported during lockdown, Member of Parliament Dianne Barnard has taken a firm stance against the issue.
The opposition party pointed out that any crime motivated by prejudice fits the broad definition of a hate crime.
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