'The killing of farmers is unacceptable'

Benetton Treviso and former Stormers scrumhalf Dewaldt Duvenage is helping to create awareness overseas about South Africa's farm attacks.

The issue has gained further prominence after the brutal murder of farm manager Brendin Horner on 1 October. The 21-year-old was killed on the DeRots farm outside Paul Roux in the Free State.

In an interview with Rapport newspaper, Duvenage explained why he wore a white wristband with a black cross on it during Benetton's Pro14 match against Leinster last Saturday.

'It [farm murders) is very close to my heart,' he said. 'Just earlier this week, my family also wondered at three o'clock one morning if they would be next ...

'I'm in Europe, so it [the wristband] is my only way of supporting and creating awareness on my platform. People overseas do not understand what is going on in South Africa.

'Violence and murder in all communities in South Africa is a very big concern,' the 32-year-old added. 'The killing of farmers is unacceptable and the brutal torture during the killings is insane.

'We all need to eat; where does our food come from?'

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