Thousands of mainly white, Afrikaans-speaking South Africans have taken to the streets to protest the ongoing epidemic of savage farm murders sweeping the country.

The October 30th #BlackMonday protests were organised after civil rights group AfriForum released figures claiming the murder rate for South African farmers was 156 per 100,000 — putting it well above the already high national average and making farming in the troubled ex-colony arguably the most dangerous occupation in the world outside a warzone.

At the same time, the number of South African farmers, workers, and family members — most of them white — had hit 71, surpassing the estimated death toll for 2016.

However, local news outlet Times Live reported another elderly farmer hacked to death on the day of the #BlackMonday protest itself, and another three farmers were killed the following day, increasing the AfriForum total as of October 31st to 74.

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