Lamola condemns violent protest by farmers in Senekal

Justice Minister Ronald Lamola has called on law enforcement authorities to ensure that those responsible are brought to book.

Justice and Correctional Services Minister Ronald Lamola has condemned the violent protest by farmers in Senekal in the Free State on Tuesday.

A group of farmers stormed the local magistrate’s court in which two suspects appeared briefly in connection with the murder of a farm manager.

Preliminary reports indicate that a police vehicle was torched, court property damaged and gunshots fired during the incident.

Lamola has called on law enforcement authorities to ensure that those responsible are brought to book.

The minister’s spokesperson Chrispin Phiri says the minister has also urged community members to allow the law to take its course.

“The Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Ronald Lamola condemns in the strongest possible terms the anarchic violence by protesters at the Senekal Magistrate’s Court in the Free State on Tuesday. The disturbing scenes of members of the public storming a court and damaging public property have no place in a free democratic South Africa. Yesterday’s actions are an inexcusable assault on the rule of law and criminal justice system,” adds Phiri.