JOHANNESBURG - AgriSA denies that its call for South Africans to wear black tomorrow, in protest against farm murders, is driven by bias towards white farmers.
AgriSA estimates that 71 farmers have been killed and 341 have been attacked this year alone.
Agri SA executive director Omri van Zyl said his association represented 28,000 commercial farmers and 100,000 black emerging farmers.
"So we're representing all creeds in the spectrum and proportionally in agriculture.
If you look at the incidents of crime you have about 34 people affected by crime for every 100,000 people. In agriculture, you have 130 people for every 100,000 people.
"It is actually more dangerous to be a farmer in South Africa than elsewhere in the world. So that is the plea for all South Africans farm workers included to actually become aware of this issue," he said.
Our farmers are responsible for our lives. They provide the food that we eat. Protect our farmers by wearing black on Monday. #FarmMurders— Julius Sello Malema (@Julias_Malema) October 27, 2017
The 'dress in black" campaign on Monday follows the recent attack on Joubert Conradie on his Klapmuts farm in the Cape. His death led to an emotional outpouring from many South Africans.
I’m so blown away about the senseless murder on Joubert Conradie on his farm early this Morning. Lovely family man taken so soon. RIP— Allan Donald (@AllanDonald33) October 24, 2017
FARM MURDER: Today was Joubert Conradie, funeral he was killed on his farm on the 23 October 2017. My God give the family comfort now. pic.twitter.com/dBmZ0gVbwM— Marius Müller (@Marius4060) October 28, 2017