Why Are South Africans Wearing Black Today? #BlackMonday

In South Africa, we’re wearing black today. Why?

Because it’s Black Monday.

This is going to be a very different post, and I’m hoping you will follow it to the end. (It’s not all that long!)

All across South Africa, people are dressed in black. The suggestion came from a devastated farm manager last Tuesday, after a farmer was murdered on his farm near Stellenbosch, a town about 50 kilometres (31 miles) east of Cape Town. This was yet one more to add to a spate of farm murders and attacks that have plagued the country in recent months.

70 people have died in farm attacks since the start of 2017. But it’s not only the farmers. According to figures recently released, around 52 people are murdered every day.

A nation in mourning.

And so we are a nation in mourning. People across the country are wearing black, some to show an awareness to the farmers’ plight, others to draw attention to the ridiculously high rate of rampant crime.

Black Monday is about drawing attention to the rapes and the murders that are becoming every day occurrences in our beautiful land. But whether we’re wearing black or not, whether we’re thinking specifically of farmers or not, we’re all saying, “We’ve had enough!”

Across the nation, gatherings have been held. Highways were blocked by cars and trucks. People stood in groups, all dressed in black. Crowds of people sank to their knees along the roadsides and in the fields, praying for God’s intervention. It’s not only for the farmers. It’s for all men, women and children who have lost their lives in our beloved country.

One good thing about Black Monday

The great thing is that, outside of the tragedy and the mourning, there is again a sense of solidarity. One lady wrote in a newspaper that she wished all those with a negative response to this call could feel what she felt. She said, “die gevoel van samehorigheid en saam staan hier kan geen woorde beskryf nie!!!”  (“the feeling here of solidarity and standing together is indescribable”)

So why am I writing this way?

I want to ask you first to watch this video about Black Monday, and look at a country in mourning. See the cross-section of people of all races and ages. And then please, will you pray for our land? Pray for our government to wake up and take action. Pray for our law enforcement units to stand together in their fight against crime. Pray for our farmers, for protection and for courage, that they will be able to keep feeding the nation. And pray for the people of this rainbow land, that we may stand together under the banner of an Almighty God.

I am taking part in The Write Tribe Problogger October 2017 Blogging Challenge. This is the final post in the challenge.