South Africa’s Farm Murders: Jeanine’s Story

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#BlackMonday: White farmers protest against farm murder

#BlackMonday: White farmers protest against farm murder
Supporters of the #Blackmonday movement carry crosses during a demonstration against farm murders [Gulshan Khan/AFP/Getty Images]

Johannesburg, South Africa – Mostly white farmers across South Africa donned black clothing and gathered on motorways and roads in a procession of tractors and trucks, to protest against what they described as a weak state response to “farm murders”.

The racially charged protest – very few rallying were not white – comes days after two white farmers were sentenced to more than 10 years in jail for assaulting a black man in a case that has also stirred racial tensions.

White commercial farmers have long complained that they bear the brunt of rising violent crime and say the government ignores their plight.

On Monday, hundreds of people galvanised by a group called “Genoeg is Genoeg”, or Enough is Enough, took their protest to the public while paying tribute to those who have been killed.

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