The South African National Civil Organization (Sanco) in the North West said it supported the investigation into the “bizarre attack” where a farm manager’s bakkie was vandalized and set on fire.
Sanco provincial chairman Paul Sebegoe said “no stone should be left untouched” to get behind the ax with the incident. He questions the authenticity of the crime. Sebegoe said, according to Sanco’s knowledge, graffiti was not part of the country’s modus operandi during farm attacks.
“This incident, which apparently took place on Reconciliation Day, is therefore of special importance to us as we condemn the racial commitment and all forms of violence in our farm communities.”
Sebegoe says reconciliation has so far not been a concern for South Africans, “because of the failure of some fellow citizens to see it as a two-sided process that includes leniency, commitment, shared values, and a shared national identity”.
“The surge of racism manifested through incidents of voter intimidation and mobilization, including violence in farm communities, is the antithesis of reconciliation, unity, nation-building and social cohesion. So we consider this incident in a serious light because it contains all the signs of a racist farm attack and we hope it is not a false attempt to hide domestic violence or insurance fraud. “
At around 03:00 on Sunday 15th December 2019, an attacker went into the farm of Nicholson’s and spray-painted slogans on the farmer’s bakkie. These slogans were of hateful nature towards the owner.