PICS | Streets of Senekal fill up with protesters amid heavy police presence

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EFF supporters in Senekal on Friday morning.
EFF supporters in Senekal on Friday morning.
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The streets of Free State town Senekal were abuzz on Friday morning as protesters representing the EFF and AfriForum, as well as others, arrived ahead of the bail application of Sekwetje Isaiah Mahlamba, 32, and Sekola Piet Matlaletsa, 44, who are accused of murdering 21-year-old farm manager Brendin Horner near Paul Roux on 1 October.

There was a heavy police presence with roadblocks and checkpoints as protesters were searched for weapons. A police water cannon was at the ready, and a police helicopter could be seen hovering above the town.

On Tuesday last week, angry protesters stormed the court building and allegedly set a police vehicle on fire.

More tension is expected as the EFF has joined the protests, seemingly to protect state assets. Lobby group AfriForum, as well as other protesters have arrived to protest against farm murders.

Deputy Police Minister Cassel Mathale said on Tuesday that the police would be "in charge of the situation".

EFF supporters in Senekal
EFF supporters in Senekal on Friday morning.
A police water cannon in Senekal
A police water cannon in Senekal on Friday morning.
Police roadblocks outside Senekal
Police roadblocks outside Senekal on Friday.
Protesters arrive in Senekal
Protesters arrive in Senekal on Friday morning.
A gathering of local farmers in Senekal
A gathering of local farmers on one of the entrance routes into Senekal.


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