The African National Congress (ANC) has condemned the so-called #BlackMonday campaign, saying the campaign serves as indication that farmers are yearning for apartheid fascism and white supremacy.
ANC Spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said the myopic call for the protection of farmers, referring in particular to white farm owners, points to an ill-conceived sense of special entitlement.
“The racial characterization of crime and the stoking of racial hatred by some elements in the campaign through, amongst others, the arrogant and offensive display of apartheid South Africa’s flag, are indicative of an unrelenting yearning for apartheid fascism and white supremacy and make a mockery of the national reconciliation project…,” said Kodwa.
On Monday thousands gathered across the country on Monday in a protest dubbed #blackmonday to raise awareness of the dangers facing those on farms, with survivors speaking out about their heartache and losses. Some were photographed wearing T-shirts bearing the old South African flag.
Kodwa slammed those who were wearing T-shirts bearing the old South African flag and said they are undermining the deaths of black farm workers and other persons on farms.
He then condemned the manner in which white farmers are brutally killing black people and using statements such as that they were “mistaken for baboons”.
“The ANC calls on the farming community to appreciate the importance of all lives, not just white lives. It was during the apartheid era, which some today clearly still long for, where government sought to protect only the privileged white minority at the expense of the suffering black majority,” said Kodwa.
“The ANC invites the proponents of #BlackMonday to join, rather than alienate, the majority of South Africans in the fight against all forms of crime against all people in our country,” added Kodwa.