Farm attacks are a national concern and therefore the Freedom Front Plus (FF Plus) sent an appeal to the South African Rugby Union (SARU) requesting that the national team wear a white ribbon on Saturday during their test match against New Zealand in a show of solidarity with the South African agricultural community, says Dr Pieter Groenewald, leader of the FF Plus.
In his request to SARU, Dr Groenewald points out that earlier this year, farm attacks and murders were debated in parliament as a matter of urgent national interest. He adds that these attacks and murders can jeopardize food security and that it will have a direct impact on all South African citizens, both black and white.
According to Dr Groenewald, the latest statistics indicate that more than 60 people have been killed in more than 277 farm attacks since January this year. That is a lot more than the 50 people that were killed in 457 farm attacks last year and we are only in October.
“Nobody in South Africa can deny the fact that the agricultural community is in dire straits. Even the Minister of Police, Fikile Mbalula (coincidentally also the former Minister of Sport), recently acknowledged that rural safety needs to be prioritised in an attempt to protect farmers.
“The FF Plus therefore requests that everyone in South Africa wear a white ribbon on Saturday, irrespective of their political view.
“It is to show that this campaign has nothing to do with politics, it is merely the acknowledgement that a group of people, which is essential for the successful continued existence of our country and its people, are under attack and needs everyone’s support,” says Dr Groenewald.