'I felt protected under the Apartheid Flag'
— Tumi Sole (@tumisole) 30 October 2017
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has condemned the hoisting of the old South African flag by those who participated in a protest organised by Western Cape farmers against farm murders.
Responding to a supplementary question from ANC MP Olifile Sefako in the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) on Wednesday, the Deputy President said the brandishing of the flag that represents a painful apartheid past should not happen in democratic South Africa.
On Monday, Western Cape farmers staged a protest under the banner #BlackMonday against farm murders. During the march, where farmers blocked the freeway with their cars and tractors, farmers were seen hoisting the old apartheid flag, while some were filmed burning the current flag.
White People: Racism is over.
White People: Get over it.
Also White People: pic.twitter.com/NseGrct2cu
— MaKunene (@Nhle_Mntimande) 30 October 2017
The Deputy President said government strongly condemns farm killings that continue to take place in the country “because we can never justify any form of taking of life of anyone”. However, the hoisting of the old flag needs to be equally condemned.
“The farm killings must be brought to an end but I want to… condemn those who participated in the march, where they flung out the old South African flag… They just damaged their own cause because by hoisting the old South African flag, they clearly demonstrated… that they still hanker for the old days of apartheid and they are still trapped by the racist past that we thought we had moved away from. That does not do well for their cause and that should be condemned in every respect.
“Anybody who still hoists a flag that is representative of a terrible crime that was committed against our people, what the world called a crime against humanity, should be condemned very strongly and I am hoping that that flag will never be flown in South Africa again…”