Fighters descend on Senekal Magistrates’ Court: ‘The law is very heavy-handed towards black people’

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EFF members singing as they wait for court proceedings and the arrival of their leaders at Senekal Magistrates Court. Picture: Morapedi Mashashe
EFF members singing as they wait for court proceedings and the arrival of their leaders at Senekal Magistrates Court. Picture: Morapedi Mashashe

This article was updated on October 16, 2020 at 12:50pm


Thousands of EFF members have gathered outside the Senekal Magistrates’ Court in the Free State to show support for the two men accused of murdering farm manager Brendin Horner.

Outside the court, the streets are a sea of red as fighters clad in T-shirts and barrettes sing and dance as they wait to be addressed by party leader Julius Malema later.

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Some of them, including Pontsho Mamela, have travelled from as far as Johannesburg to “show support for my fellow black brothers”.

“As we know, the law is very heavy-handed towards us black people,” Mamela told City Press.

He says he travelled by taxi from Tembisa because he believes that the justice system is not equal and fair for all. “The police and the law are always used against us, to abuse us by force, but when it comes to white people the force and brutally is not the same.”

In the background, the EFF supportres are in chorus singing the controversial song Dubula Dubula as they walk towards the court.

By midday on Friday, tensions were running high. This, after about 400 EFF supporters were engaged in a stand-off with a group of white farmers on Friday morning.

The two groups have been taunting each other since morning, screaming insults from across a police barrier line, with a few stones already thrown by the fighters.

This resulted in a huge panic which saw a crowd of people running down Voortrekker street in fear of police rubber bullets. Most of the shops on the town’s main street are closed and there is a huge police presence in and around the court precinct.

Lamlile, who lives in Senekal with his elderly grandfather, says he hopes that the skirmishes in the town will change the way justice is carried out throughout South Africa.

“My only hope is for us to be treated with dignity and equality in our country because black people are still suffering under this system,” he said.

The 38-year-old from Bloemfontein is one of thousands of fighters who were bused to Senekal to support the two men accused of murdering the young white farm manager.

(This is a developing story)


Gcina Ntsaluba 


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