ANC STATEMENT ON #BLACKMONDAY CAMPAIGN
30 October 2017
The African National Congress condemns the despicable and racist behavior by some who took part in the so-called #BlackMonday campaign by groupings representing the farming community today.
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; continuing to entrench obstacles to the creation a non-racial society in South Africa.
Outcome Three (3) of the National Development Plan enjoins government to work with all societal partners to create a South Africa where “all people living in South Africa feel safe, have no fear of crime, are properly served by the police and courts”. This national imperative aspires to safety for all South Africans and not only a certain racial group or sector.
The myopic call for the protection of farmers, referring in particular to white farm owners, points to an ill-conceived sense of special entitlement, gives a biased racial character to crime, brutality and violence which affects all South Africans and ignores and undermines the deaths of farm workers and other persons on farms.