South Agriculture Minister Senzeni Zokwana made the statement in reference to an estimated 4,000 white farmers and family members who have been murdered by blacks since the end of Apartheid in 1994.
The remarks were made during an address to AfriForum, a civil rights group in South Africa.
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Farmers deserve a thank you, not a murder.
That is according to Agriculture Minister Senzeni Zokwana, who met with AfriForum this week to discuss the safety of farmers and people in rural areas.
"The minister was impressed with the steps taken by AfriForum to involve local communities in safety initiatives, and with the decline in crime which has resulted from the initiatives," they said in a joint statement on Saturday.
AfriForum expressed appreciation for Zokwana's having pledged his department's support for these initiatives.
The civil rights group told the minister that it was concerned about farmers being depicted as "scapegoats" in some politicians' rhetoric.
Zokwana responded: "Farmers have families. They are feeding the nation. They deserve a thank you, not a murder”.
AfriForum and the department agreed on a five-point plan to address rural violence.
This included both parties would take a firm stance against those contributing to incitement of violence and those who made "irresponsible or sweeping statements that might impede on mutual recognition and respect among different communities".
AfriForum would also make its research on farm murders available to the department.
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