Gauteng Police

Bheki Cele wants more arrests of protesting farmers who stormed Free State court

National News

07 October 2020

Staff Reporter/PretoriaLIVE

PRETORIA РPolice Minister Bheki Cele on Tuesday welcomed the arrest of the first suspect involved in the violent demonstrations by a group of farmers outside the Senekal Magistrate’s Court where two suspects were appearing for killing a farm manager.

On Tuesday, chaotic scenes unfolded outside the court building, following a court appearance by two suspects accused of the murder of farm manager, Brandon Horner who was 21.

The group of armed demonstrators, among them armed farmers, stormed the court building demanding the two suspects be handed over to them.

The lawless acts that have been widely condemned in South Africa, resulted in the vandalism of court property and a police vehicle was also overturned and set alight.

“Minister Cele is encouraged that a 52-year-old farmer has been arrested for his role in the alleged torching of the police vehicle,” the ministry of police said.

“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 case against the two suspects was postponed to October 16 for a formal bail application.