JOHANNESBURG - Important issues such as rural safety and job security have been used for cheap politicking according to the Agricultural, Food, Fishing and Retail Industry Workers' Union.
It said politicians have been riding on the Senekal murder saga.
Various politicians and organisations gathered in the Free State town of Senekal on Friday as racial tensions threatened to spill over following Brendin Horner's murder.
Afriwu said government structures must have an inclusive approach to address farm attacks.
The union believes pulling together a team of farm owners, workers and other entities is the solution and said workers are generally left out of formal structures dealing with problems.
The Black Association of the Agriculture Sector's Nosey Pieterse also said politicians are exploiting the pain of slain farm manager Brendin Horner's family.
The suspects in the Horner murder case are back in court on Tuesday.
The killing of the Free State farm manager has sparked chaos.