Bheki Cele, minister of police, on Wednesday said he was hoping for more arrests following the protests outside the Senekal Courthouse earlier this week. On Tuesday, farmers poured into the Free State town of Senekal where the two accused in the Brendin Horner murder appeared in court. A 52-year-old farmer was arrested for his alleged involvement in torching a police vehicle.
The protesters demanded justice and eventually stormed into the courthouse. The demanded the suspects to be handed over to them. The Minister’s spokesperson, Lirandzu Thema, said in a statement: “Police Minister Bheki Cele has welcomed the arrest of the first suspect involved in the violent demonstrations by a group of farmers outside Senekal Magistrates Court. Minister Cele is encouraged that a 52-year-old farmer has been arrested for his role in the alleged torching of the police vehicle.”
“Cele is calling for more arrests as it is clear the criminality that took place was a collective act that threatened the rule of law.” The minister’s response to Tuesday’s events has sparked outrage in the community with several allegations of double standards being made. The Senekal demonstrations was compared to the EFF Clicks demonstrations and many said that the same laws did not apply there.
The brutal murder of Brendin Horner has been met with outrage. Tuesday’s protests saw several people carrying placards with the words “Enough is Enough”, “Remember their Names” and “Bheki Cele Must Fall”. Meanwhile a video has been doing the rounds on social media claiming that the man’s involvement is fake news.
The two suspects will appear in court again on 16 October 2020.