A police van was set alight and a courtroom wrecked when angry farmers tried to take the law into their own hands on Tuesday.
The protest was at the Senekal Magistrate’s Court in Free State where two suspects allegedly involved in the killing of 22-year-old farm manager Brandin Horner were appearing.
From early morning, farming vehicles including tractors mounted a convoy to get to Senekal.
After the case of the two men was postponed by the court to 16 October, angry protesters stormed into the court with weapons demanding that the court hand over the suspects, Sekwetje Mahlamba aged 32 and 43-year-old Sekola Matlaletsa.
They said they wanted to “deal with them accordingly.”
Shots were fired, but no one was injured.
Brandin was found dead, hanging from a pole on Friday morning with injuries to his head and face at a farm near Paul Roux in the Free State.
The two suspects were reportedly apprehended on Saturday and bloody shoes and clothes found after Brandin’s employer Gilly Scheepers had offered R50,000 to anyone with information that could lead to the arrest.
Meanwhile Police Minister, General Bheki Cele has slammed the farmers for taking the law into their own hands.
Cele questioned why the demonstrators were attacking the police. “There is no logic when these protestors burn a police van, which is the same resource that is meant to assist them.
“It is also baffling why the anger of this community is being directed towards the police, when arrests have been made by the police and the suspects are before the courts.”