Opinion about the #BlackMonday protests remain divided. The 2018 protests didn’t manage quite the same turnout as the event did in 2017.
A year ago (yesterday), white South Africans gathered in Krugersdorp and Randfontein to protest against farm murders and white genocide, bringing traffic to a standstill on Hendrik Potgieter Road and in surrounding areas.
This year, Black Monday supporters marched to the American Embassy in Pretoria, while the Nasionale SWART Maandag SA page confirmed on Facebook that smaller marches will be held across the country.
In many areas, however, the community and #BlackMonday administrators could not secure a ‘section 3’ to proceed with protest action.
A Twitter user known only as Shaun said: “Come now guys, you need more momentum with #BlackMonday,”
In Randfontein, where members of the community stopped traffic on Main Road a year ago by only allowing those who hoot to pass through, only a prayer group was held this year.
A small group gathered at the Bethesda Church on Main Road, with Bernice Blake welcoming and facilitating the meeting, and Steven Aucamp leading the group in prayer.
Blake and a few of the members gathered agreed to share their thoughts.
Bernice Blake, Randfontein Leader
“Black Monday I got involved with because of the farmers, in particular. They need our protection, or they need, rather, God’s protection and any other protection they could possibly wish to get because of the violence and the terrible things that happen, how they are being tortured, it’s horrific. It’s things that human beings shouldn’t be doing. I got this group together here today with hopes that we could make a big indent. We had a small group.
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However, I feel we did make a big indent even though we were small. I wish that right throughout the land that everybody that has come together, that it does get noticed. I know that God did notice it, but we also need outside intervention in order to help us. The situation is at this stage now where it’s really explosive, and we need that help. I know they have been going overseas to get that help and it’s been denied by the president. In order to get that all together, and to wake the people up.”
“Mense, al wat ek will noem is dat ons vleeslike probleme se antwoord is nie vleeslik nie, maar dis definitied geestelik. En ons moet hierdie goed wat ons nou mee te kampe het op n geestelike vlak uitsorteer, en die beste plek is op ons knee.”
Out of my heart, these times it’s very difficult. One is confronted with feelings of revenge. Everyone tries to solve problems with the way they are presented, and one has to guard against trying to be too clever and trying to solve problems oneself, instead of going on your knees where the real solutions lie. It’s been such a wonderful opportunity, personally, for me to sit down and touch base with the Lord. I was expecting it to be such a good spiritual experience, and it has been for me.
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