- Police Minister Bheki Cele says he wants to see more people arrested for the violence in Senekal
- This comes after a 52-year-old farmer was arrested on Wednesday after the protest soured
- Meanwhile, Cele's spokesperson has revealed she has been subjected to abuse by some farmers from the area over the incident
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Police Minister Bheki Cele says he wants to see more arrests after the protests in Senekal against farm murders turned violent.
In a statement released by the SA Police Service, Cele's spokesperson Lirandzu Themba commented that:
“The minister of police wants more arrests saying that yes, I welcome this 52-year old farmer that has been nabbed, but also he didn’t act alone; there were more people. There is plenty of footage of people storming the court building, plenty of footage of people trying to access the Inyala that was parked outside the court building, and we are of the view that more people have a case to answer to."
In addition to this call for more action after a farmer from Marquard was nabbed on charges of malicious damage to property and public violence, Themba is relieved that the incident had turned personal.
Taking to social media to comment on the situation, Themba revealed that the anger of the community had been turned in her direction:
"It is worrying that I continue to receive abusive and insulting and racist phonecalls from anonymous people and some identify themselves as farmers from Senekal. These calls are being taken seriously and are being looked into by SA Police Service authorities for further handling."
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that the Police Minister had signalled his disgust at the violence on display during the protests outside of the Senekal Magistrate's Court.
Commenting on the incident, Cele had called for those responsible for damage to property and other related crimes to face swift consequences for their actions, saying that:
"There is no logic when 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."
Economic Freedom Fighter Julius Malema has also called for arrests over the matter, calling on 'ground forces' to mobilise and attend the next trial date to avoid a repeat of the same incident.
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