Thousands of Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) members have arrived in Senekal ahead of the court appearance of two men accused of the murder of 21-year-old farm manager Brendin Horner.
Sekwetje Mahlamba and Sekola Matlaletsa are accused of the murder of farm manager Brendin Horner on a farm in the eastern Free State. Members of the farming community from Senekal and surrounding areas have also gathered outside court where police are maintaining a strong presence.
Last week, Malema urged party supporters to gather in Senekal to ‘protect state resources’. This morning, Malema tweeted that they would ‘rather die to a man than let the enemy pass, let’s go…”
Meanwhile, police Minister Bheki Cele says officers are fully prepared for any eventuality in the area.
His statement comes as some member of the farming community threatens more chaos should the two accused be granted bail. They were arrested two weeks ago after Horner’s body was found tied to a pole on the De Rots farm.
Cele says police will ensure that people protest responsibly.
“It would be really foolish for the police to say people have no right to come there. That right is in the constitution and it goes with responsibilities. There are few things that should be taken into consideration. People should know that as they will be marching, they should not interfere [destroy] the property. You don’t destroy property, you don’t injure people you don’t march armed,” explains Cele.