Those close to the thick of things regarding the farm strike will tell you that the public and the media does not even know half of what’s going on.
Already on the 24th of September festivities some clergy on the platteland starting making the mood up against the farmers at public gatherings.
Millions and millions of rands worth of damages had been occasioned on various places, most of which incidents went unreported. Those reported were but the ears of the hippo. Often the farmers hit by violence are those already paying a lot better than minimum wages, put up clinics on their farms, support farm children in schools etc. I’m referring to kind of farmers that built their own electricity lines to there worker’s houses. Once built and paid for by the farmer, it got connected to the grid. The same farmer paid out of his own pockets to have solar geysers put on every house on the farm.
At some schools the teachers encourage the children to become involved in the strike.
The talk in the towns are straightforward: come 4 December we will go on the rampage again, and this time the buses won’t be stopped. There is no real interest in any form of negotiations. Only 10 farm workers arrived at the talks in Worcester. That as opposed to 200 farmers who attended.
To top that, the Minister of Agriculture congratulates the workers on their brave victory. In parliament the DA gets accused of supporting the farmers. Imminent leaders from the ruling party in the Western Cape …. aag, nevermind, let met not even go there.
South Africa and Zimbabwe must surely be the only countries on the globe where the government openly takes the side of anarchists.
And there appears to be no endeavours by government to convincingly dissuade the anarchists from returning to their works of evil on 4 December.