AgriSA denies 'dress in black' campaign is for white farmers

File: AgriSA says it represents black and white farmers and in proportions that reflect the country's demographics. Photo: eNCA/Sethembiso Zulu

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.

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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.


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.  



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