WATCH | Shots fired, police van set alight at Senekal court after farm murder

06 October 2020 - 14:27
Police said an 'unruly group' of farmers stormed the court building and demanded that the suspects be handed over to them.
Police said an 'unruly group' of farmers stormed the court building and demanded that the suspects be handed over to them.
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Emotions ran high outside the Senekal magistrate's court in the Free State on Tuesday morning, where two men linked to the murder of Brendin Horner were appearing.

Sekwetje Isaiah Mahlamba, 32, and Sekola Piet Matlaletsa, 44, made a brief appearance in court. The two were arrested by Senekal detectives on Saturday at Fateng tse Ntho in Paul Roux. Horner's body was found on Friday tied to a pole in an open space on the De Rots farm.

Farm manager Brendin Horner's body was found tied to a farm gate after he was killed by unknown attackers on October 2 2020. The death has outraged agricultural leaders and community members from Senekal and surrounding areas who demanded justice.


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Police spokesperson Brig Motantsi Makhele said the matter was postponed to October 16 for a formal bail application.

Makhele said after court proceedings an “unruly group” of farmers stormed the court building and demanded that the suspects be handed over to them. Makhele said the group damaged court property while forcing their way to the cells.

He said a police van parked outside the court was also overturned and burnt.

“Two shots were fired from this group but no-one was injured,” Makhele said.

Police had restored order, he said. “Thus far the situation is tense but under control.”

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