A March against farm murders that would initially take place on Saturday (July 18) at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, will now continue virtually on Facebook. Tshwane Metro Police on Thursday thwarted plans for the march due to the current Covid-19 situation in the country.
Possibly thousands of people would take part in the march at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Saturday afternoon at 12:00. It aims to air South Africans’ dissatisfaction with the frequent occurrence of farm murders and the government’s handling of them.
About 17 000 motorcyclists would march from the Voortrekker Monument to the Union Buildings at 12:00. People who would take part in the march on foot would then gather from Fairview Avenue to the Union Buildings.
The Tshwane Metro Police (TMPD) said in a statement on Thursday that the march could not continue as planned. If it does continue, it will be illegal and protesters could face criminal charges.
“The metro police are appealing to members of the public not to take part in marches in groups in order to help combat the spread of the virus,” the statement said.
Devon Hofmeyr, Steve Hofmeyr’s son and one of the organizers of the march, says they respect the metro police’s decision not to let the march continue.
“I am not someone who will put my people in an illegal situation where people’s lives are endangered,” Hofmeyr told Maroela Media.
Hofmeyr says the march will continue virtually on Facebook on Saturday at 12:00.
“Anyone who wants to take part in the march can post a photo or video on Facebook at 12:00 where he or she speaks out against farm murders,” says Hofmeyr.
Hofmeyr says with the march they want people to join hands and stand together as a unit against farm murders.
“The march will not stop farm murders. The march is there to bring unity again and create awareness for farm murders. It provides an opportunity for all those who cannot physically help to stop farm attacks, to also do their part by standing together against it. ”
Hofmeyr says together with the other organizers of the march, Westley Barnard and Tommie Blignaut, they are haunted to get a new date for the physical march. Hofmeyr says he regularly sends application letters to the metro police, until they give him the green light for the march.