Heinz Winckler: Wearing black won't solve farm murders

Heinz Winckler: Wearing black won't solve farm murders

South African singer Heinz Winckler has used his social media platforms to raise pertinent questions about farm murders.

Heinz Winckler Facebook
Heinz Winckler/Facebook

His comments come amid calls for South Africans - who sympathise with the plight of farmers - to wear black on Monday 30 October.

Winckler has been praised and attacked for his comments and been told to stick to singing. 

He posted a live Facebook video in which he says wearing black is not going to solve the problem.

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"I do not believe that for a bunch of mostly-white Afrikaans people to wear black on a day to make a statement is going to bring a change to this. We are not going to solve farm murders, as a specific problem, if we don't look at what the real cause is of the problem," Winckler says. 

The singer says farm murders is not about race.

"It is not a race thing. We are making it a race thing. That is not the way we are going to get a better nation."

Winckler says he agrees something has to change to improve the lives of all South Africans. 

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"I agree, something has to change. But the question is what do we need to do? Is it going to help to wear black on Monday? Respectfully, I don't think so. I don't think it's going to make an impact with a lasting effect."

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