7th October 2020
On Tuesday, two suspects of the brutal murder of the 21-year-old farm manager (Brendin Horner) made a brief appearance in court. The body was tied to a pole and savagely beaten.
Hundreds of farmers and residents had gathered in the Free State town Senekal to show support for the family of Brendin Horner.
The murder of the young farmer sent shock and frustration through the farming community.
Farmers are disappointed in minister Bheki Cele and President Cyril Ramaphosa for failing to protect the people (farmers) that feeds the country.
Two gunshots were fired, court property destroyed, and a police vehicle was set alight and overturned.
The police spokesperson Brigadier Motantsi Makhele said that a group of farmers came shortly after the suspects were returned in custody and demanded that the men be handed over to them.
The two suspects will appear again in court on the 16th of October.
National police commissioner General Khehla Sitole said that proactive measures including the identification of hotspots were being discussed to curb the tide of farm attacks.
AfriForum also attended the community of Senekal and branded farm attacks and murders as a “form of terror”
Sanco (South African National Civic Organization) Gauteng Chairperson Chris Malematja also made the journey to Senekal to support the community.
He told Netwerk 24: “Enough is enough. We are together on this one.”
Brendin’s brother Basjan said (in Afrikaans) that there is no way to describe the heartbreak, and that nothing will bring his brother back, he hopes his death will bring a better South Africa going forwards.