OPINION | Charity sees colour in politics of land

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OPINION | Charity sees colour in politics of land

It's a disheartening hierarchy that decides who weathers the storm and who gets left behind

Last week, a devastating fire swept through Free State farmland. It is believed to have been sparked by service delivery protests by the despondent shack dwellers of Malebogo in Hertzogville, Free State. The flames licked clean vast farm grazing lands and killed animals in its wake, causing much damage and devastation.   

Sympathetic messages flooded social media, with several organisations advocating for donations and support for the farmers who were affected. The call was so compelling that we as the media had to see this expression of generosity and ubuntu with our own eyes.  

It’s no secret that the Free State was a Boer stronghold and remains one of the provinces that uphold and defend the ways of the dark past in some communities. In this area, the white farmer owns thousands of hectares of land where their hundreds of quality breed cattle can graze – while blacks (many of them farmworkers) are crammed into the township close by with no water.    ..

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