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Watch: Vehicles blockade R59 to support farm murders protest [video]

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A large number of vehicles have completely blocked the R59 near Vereeniging, Gauteng, to protest against the high number of farm murders recently.

It has been estimated that 70 farmers have been killed this year (AfriForum). Shockingly, there has been a total of 341 attacks against these workers since January 2017.

Protesters have taken to the streets ahead of today’s ‘Black Monday’ protest. Participants are being encouraged to wear black to mourn the loss of South Africa’s vulnerable farmers, and raise awareness of the campaign following the murder of Joubert Conradie last week.

Midvaal mayor Bongani Baloyi made his way to the scene to receive a memorandum though, to make sure they disperse.

Tweeted By EWNTraffic RT MudauPeace: The situation right now in vereeniging #R59 pic.twitter.com/9mV4xheQsJ

Farm murders: ‘Enough is enough’, says Western Cape

The R59 protests are just one of many across Mzansi planned for today. There is also a Genoeg is Genoeg (Enough is Enough) sister campaign to Black Monday taking place in the Western Cape today.

Protesters and supporters have already gathered in the Stellenbosch area to share a prayer, and congregate ahead of a journey in convoy to Cape Town.

Which route will the farm murders protesters take?

Vehicles will make their way from Stellies, up along Voortrekker Road through to Bellville, Parow, Goodwood, Kensington and Maitland. They will eventually finish at Greenpoint Stadium, where a further prayer service will be held.

The protest and religious service is expected to last up until 13:00. The procession has confirmed it will avoid using the N1 highway during peak hours. It is believed, however, that about 2,000 people occupying 500 vehicles will descend on the Mother City.

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