Cele visits family of slain farmer

Minister of Police Bheki Cele and State Security Minister Ayanda Dlodlo visited the family of murdered Free State farm manager Brendin Horner on Tuesday.

The murder of 21-year-old Horner sparked unrest in the town of Senekal last week when two suspects appeared in court. A court room was trashed and a police van torched.

Cele’s visit was an attempt to lower the temperature in the farming community which is angry over recent farm killings.

Police Ministry spokesperson Liradzu Themba said Cele and Dlodlo also held a meeting with farming organisations and local community representatives at the Mitz Agricultural farm in Free State.

“It’s been agreed that in the coming three weeks, their concerns around farm attacks and stock theft will be urgently addressed,” she said.

The Horner family said it hoped Cele’s gesture would bring a turning point to tensions in the area.