WATCH | Piet Retief protesters stone 86-year-old man’s car

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  • A man sought medical attention after protesters stoned his car outside the Piet Retief Magistrate's Court.
  • He drove through the area and became caught up in the protest.
  • The protesters are demanding justice for the killing of brothers, Zenzile and Mgcini Coka.

Tensions are high in Piet Retief following the deaths of two brothers earlier this month.

Eighty-six-year-old Arthur Daniels found himself in the thick of things when he tried to drive past a group of protesters on Tuesday.

"I didn't know what was happening, and nobody said you're not allowed here. But then they started throwing stones. I turned at the robot and it didn't stop," Daniels told News24.

Police intervention

To escape the attack, he drove into barbed wire that police had put in the road to bar protesters from accessing the courtroom where five people appeared in connection with the murder of brothers, Mgcini and Zenzele Coka, who were killed on 9 April at Pampoenkraal Farm, near Piet Retief.

READ | Brothers killed on Mpumalanga farm: Accused's court version disputed by older brother

Daniels' vehicle came to a halt and police were nearby to help him. The police fired stun grenades and rubber bullets.

His car windows were shattered.

He later received medical care from emergency services personnel.

Piet Retief
On Tuesday, protesters stoned Arthur Daniels’ car in Piet Retief.
Piet Retief
A group of upset protesters stoned a 86-year-old man’s car.
Piet Retief
A group of upset protesters stoned a 86-year-old man’s car.

Bail application

Danie Malan, Orchard Klingenberg, Cornelius Greyling, Ignatius Steinberg, and Senzele Yende are in custody in connection with the brothers' murder and await the outcome of their bail application.

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