Celebs march against violence

2012-06-19 12:06

Johannesburg - Local celebrities and members of the public marched to the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Tuesday to protest against violent crime.

The march which was organised by Afrikaans singers Bobby and Karlien van Jaarsveld and Steve Hofmeyr as well as other celebrities was aimed at calling on government to take action against violent crime in the country.

"This is our long walk to freedom...it's our little war. Crime is high in this country and I mean I have children and want to make sure they are safe and that's what this is about," said Bobby Van Jaarsveld.

He said the march was against all crime and not specifically farm attacks.

He said the killing of a five-month-old baby showed how bad things were.

Dressed in black

Margrietha de Goede, 66, and the five-month-old baby were found strangled in her home on 23 May. De Goede's body was found under a carpet in an outside room. The baby was found under a bed in the main house.

The march was led by Hofmeyr who had painted white crosses on his face.

He marched behind a big banner which read "Ons sal nie stil bly nie [We won't keep quiet]."

steve hofmeyr

Other posters carried by the marchers read "Moeg vir bloed [Tired of blood]" and "this country needs leadership".

Most of the marchers were dressed in black as they made their way to the Union Buildings to hand over a memorandum to the presidency.

Afriforum supported the march and also called on its members to join the protest.


  • cirrus11 - 2012-06-19 23:14

    The only permanent solution is for Afrikaners to get self-determination as provided in the RSA Constitution art. 235 of LAW 108

  • carlo.vos.7 - 2012-06-19 23:50

    I live in the USA and knew about the March since two weeks ago! Sorry that not more people knew about it. You should join AfriForum and Solidariteit maybe even ask them in person why it wasn't advertised more widely. Problems you have is that the Media is run by the Socialist Corrupt Government. There will be another march soon...

  • warwick.railton.7 - 2012-06-20 07:23

    This is good, this is where leaders come from...........we are leaderless at the moment. Strongs to those that resist.

  • Stephen - 2012-06-20 07:35

    What celebs???? South Africa's so-called celebrities are nowt but a pathetic waste of space and oxygen........bottom line.

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