Farming communities throughout South Africa took to the streets on Monday to raise awareness about farm attacks and killings in a mass protest gathering dubbed "Black Monday".
A group under the banner "Genoeg is Genoeg" (enough is enough) organised the demonstration on social media following the murder of Klapmuts farmer Joubert Conradie.
The answer was simple."The new govt doesn't care about us farmers, and they don't protect us. Why should we wave the new flag". #BlackMonday— Haley (@HaleyUnguarded) October 31, 2017
— Dan Roodt (@danroodt) October 30, 2017
But during the protest, images of some participants waving the apartheid-era South African flag started to circulate on social media, causing quite an uproar.
#ApartheidFlagMustFall was murdered, under this flag we lost many innocent lives. Too much blood was shared & they still embrace it.— Sibusiso Gama (@Sibusisogp) October 30, 2017
Apartheid flags are symbol of oppressors and racist #ApartheidFlagMustFall they say we always pull out the race card but the DO shit !!!!!!— kaitlinn (@kaitlinn_M) October 30, 2017
While there were claims that some of the images were old and were being repurposed to create "fake news", the issue of the apartheid flag still evoked emotional responses.
Some of the protesters also decided to sing the "Die Stem" -- South Africa's old national anthem.
Yesterday was a curtain raiser for conversations that were long overdue— Tumi Sole (@tumisole) October 31, 2017
convos must continue
First by denouncing⤵️ pic.twitter.com/8b0sy4zot2
#ApartheidFlagMustFall is mere sloganeering. It must be banned and carry a 2yr jail sentence. It's to blacks what the swastika is to Jews.— Boitshepo Monaledi (@Boi_Boi_08) October 30, 2017
More bridges were burnt than built yesterday, I was tired about the fallacy rainbow nation anyway #BlackMonday— Malavi Mapimele (@Malavi_Mapimele) October 31, 2017
Want to join the conversation? Have a look at HuffPost Poll and give your view on the apartheid flag:
It's (technically) legal to display the apartheid SA flag. Should it be banned? Denounced as a "symbol of white supremacy"? #BlackMonday— HuffPost SouthAfrica (@HuffPostSA) October 31, 2017
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**Update: This story has been modified from its original version in which social media posts containing incorrect images (not taken on 'Black Monday') were included.