Senekal protests: Arrest made as Malema rallies 'ground forces'

Senekal protests: Arrest made as Malema rallies 'ground forces'

- After calls for action earlier this week an arrest has been made in connection to the Senekal protests on Wednesday

- A 52-year-old farmer has been taken into custody on charges of malicious damage to property and public violence

- This comes as Julius Malema rallies supporters to attend the trial of murder suspects at the centre of the chaos

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A farmer has been taken into custody, arrested in connection with his role in the violence seen during the Senekal protests which have dominated headlines in recent days.

The Free State police have released a statement saying that investigations are ongoing and that more arrests can be expected:

"We believe that the ongoing relationship between the police and farmers and farming communities will assist in putting this matter to rest and ensure that justice prevails."

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Senekal protests: Arrest made as Malema rallies 'ground forces'
Malema called upon ground forces to attend the next trial date. Image: Twitter/ @EFFSouthAfrica
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Meanwhile, Julius Malema has called on Economic Freedom Fighter supporters to attend the court trial that is at the centre of all the controversy:

“Since the government of Cyril Ramaphosa is scared to act decisively, we are on our own. Next appearance, all ground forces and peace-loving South Africans will be in attendance, in defence of our democracy and property. Magwala a chechele morago (move over cowards)!"

Earlier, reported that the murder of a young farmer had sparked a massive protest which quickly descended into violence.

Participants had attempted to gain entry into holding cells where the two suspects connected to the case had been awaiting trial.

In addition to this, a police van had been set alight by the angered community which had been protesting farm murders in the province.

This had led to shots fired by police but nevertheless, the EFF had heavily criticised the alleged 'fear of whiteness' on display by the authorities, which the party felt the members present hadn't done enough to control the situation:

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"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."

The party had demanded arrests in addition to an inquiry into the police members present on the day.

Police Minister Bheki Cele had also condemned the violence on display, demanding that arrests are promptly made.

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