A devastated farmer has filmed a heartbreaking video in his vehicle, calling on his friends to share a message urging all South Africans to wear black on Monday 30 October 2017… to mourn all the farmers who have died so far this year, including his friend Joubert Conradie (seen in the pic below) who was murdered on Tuesday morning on the family farm he had grown up on in the Western Cape.
The farmer’s tearful plea on the video (watch below) comes after the murder of Conradie (47), a father of two… who was rushed to hospital after being shot several times by intruders on his farm, Uitkyk, in Klapmuts, between Paarl and Stellenbosch. Tragically his life could not be saved, and he reportedly passed away during emergency surgery.
His wife tearfully explains (in the video below) how he had been woken up during the night – at around 01h30 – by the sound of the intruders, and had gone to investigate. She says Conradie had been born and raised on this family farm.
Since Friday morning there have been at least eight farm attacks and four more South African men have been killed in farm-related incidents.
There have also been other murders around the country… from suburbs to townships. Yesterday’s shocking annual South African Crime Statistics report showed that there are now an average of 52 South Africans murdered each day.
Neighbours reacted with shock, anger… and deep sadness to the latest loss in a long line of deaths of farmers in South Africa. There are rumours in the country that a ‘third force’ is at play, deliberately targeting farmers to try scare them off the land.
AfriForum said yesterday that Police Minister Fikile Mbalula is failing in his duty as SA reports its highest murder rate in a decade. AfriForum said there is currently no control over crime in South Africa, and that residents can expect a further increase in violent crimes.