AfriForum, a large advocacy group for the Afrikaners, the descendants of the white Dutch and Huguenot settlers of South Africa, has led international efforts to bring attention to their discredited claims that white farmers are being systematically driven from their land and killed in large numbers.
In 2018, after Ernst Roets, Deputy Managing Director of AfriForum, appeared on a segment on Fox News in the United States with host Tucker Carlson, President Trump said on Twitter that he was asking his secretary of state to investigate what he called the “full scale massacre” of white farmers.
In a telephone interview, Mr Roets said the government does not protect white farmers: “It is very clear that it is not a priority for them to do anything,” he said. declared.
On Friday in the courtroom, the judge was flanked by four armed police officers, government ministers occupied the benches near the front and journalists filled the room.
The country’s police minister, Bheki Cele, who had visited the city earlier in the week in an attempt to defuse tensions, noted in an interview later that four people – including three black – were killed in the region since April. .
“One of them is this young white man,” he said.
Lynsey Chutel reported from Senekal and Monica Mark from Johannesburg.