Senekal protests: EFF, Bheki Cele demand arrests after violence

Senekal protests: EFF, Bheki Cele demand arrests after violence

- The Economic Freedom Fighters have strongly condemned the lack of arrests during the protests against farm murders on Tuesday

- The Red Berets claim that white citizens know the ANC and SAPS have a 'fear of whiteness' and this fuelled the violence on display

- Police Minister Bheki Cele has also condemned the violence, calling for arrests to be made

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The Economic Freedom Fighters have condemned the 'pathetic cowardice' of the South African Police Services during the protests in Senekal on Tuesday.

The party issued a scathing statement in response to the violence during the demonstrations against farm murders in the region:

"These individuals, arrogant as a result of this ANC-led government which suffers from low self-esteem and a fear of whiteness, committed these violent acts knowing very well no force would be shown against them because of the colour of their skins."

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This police van would later be set alight by angered protestors outside of the court. Image: Twitter/ @alfred_cabonena
Source: UGC

The Red Berets condemned the lack of arrests as a confirmation that black citizens are facing double standards in a democratic South Africa:

"There are no reported arrests of these aggressive acts by white people. It is a strong affirmation that truly it is the black skin that is welcoming to violence and disrespect.
"It confirms that it is the black skin that is automatically the skin of criminals. Not a single rubber bullet was fired at these white people, and this is on the sole basis that the white skin commands respect in this country while black lives do not matter."

The Red Berets called for the immediate arrests of the farmers responsible for any violence or disrespect against the SAPS:

"The EFF calls for the immediate arrest of each and every white person that was part of the disrespect of law enforcement and burning of state property. Failure to do this will effectively mean that this country is under the firm control of a white-militia that renders this country ungovernable with no consequences."

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In addition to the arrests, the EFF demanded an inquiry on all police officials who were present 'as to why these actions continued with no intervention measures'.

Police Minister Bheki Cele has also condemned the violence that took place and agreed that protestors should be arrested. The minister labelled the actions of protesters outside of the Senekal Magistrate's Court 'lawlessness', reports News24:

"This type of lawlessness can't be justified nor taken lightly. There is no logic when these protestors burn a police van, which is the same resource that is meant to assist them. It is also baffling why the anger of this community is being directed towards the police, when arrests have been made by the police and the suspects are before the courts."

Earlier, reported that protestors had stormed the court, demanding that the suspects involved in the murder of a young farmer be handed over to them. The case, which has seen two suspects arrested for the crime, was postponed, which allegedly enraged the protestors.

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A police van was set alight by protestors and shots were fired by police officials on the scene.

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