While the brutal killing of farmers continues despite the #BlackMonday protest, an angry farmer from KwaZulu Natal has decided to warn the South African government on the consequences of its quietness in the matter.
The Vryheid farmer Braam van Niekerk who seemed angry with the government slammed it for allegedly leaving farmers to the mercy of criminals.
He challenged the government to come to the aid of the farmers except it wants to act on an empty stomach.
The KwaZulu Natal farmer’s complaint comes after the murder of 57-year-old cattle farmer Daniel Swanepoel who was tortured and murdered last week Friday.
Swanepoel happens to be the second farmer murdered in Vryheid in less than two weeks. The other farmer equally murdered happened during the #BlackMonday protest aimed at bringing awareness to the mass murder of innocent farmers.
On Tuesday this week, a 15-year-old girl survived another farm attack in Driefontein in Muldersdrift, north-west of the Joburg CBD, after she was shot nine times then beaten by a group of four men who broke into her home, robbed her and later opened fire.
“We are waiting to see what the government does. So far it hasn’t done anything. It should act, or does it want to act on an empty stomach? If that is what it wants, we can give it that,” KwaZulu Natal farmer Braam van Niekerk said in what seemed like a huge warning to the government.
It was the 10th violent crime to hit the rural and farming community this month, leaving residents in fear that a gang was on the loose.
The Department of Agriculture wants farmers in the province to physically and continuously engage with government to keep it informed of their needs.
Shenan Cochrane, vice-chairperson of the Community Policing Forum has also reacted to the mass killings of farmers saying that the violence started towards the end of June
“We know farm attacks very well here, but this is different. These guys target both black and white people, the rich and poor,” he said, adding that residents believed members of the “Nyaope Gang” were high on drugs.
Meanwhile, Police Major-General Anna Mateisi said there were rumours about a gang operating in the area, “but no conclusive evidence could be found regarding these unsubstantiated allegations”.
“(We) are working around the clock, involving all necessary units to make a breakthrough in the robberies in the Muldersdrift area,” Mateisi said.