- Law enforcement agencies will be out in 'full force' during the second court appearance of Senekal murder suspects on Friday
- Authorities appealed on the public to restore calm and order to the region after violent protests last week
- This comes as the EFF vows to stand its ground according to leader Julius Malema
Ministers in the Justice, Crime Prevention and Security Clusters have warned that law enforcement agencies will be out in full force on Friday.
The two suspects accused of murdering farm manager Brendin Horner will be appearing in court and, after protests turned violent last week, authorities are taking no chances.
In a statement released by the GCIS on the matter, it was pointed out that the mandate of the police is to ensure the safety of all citizens:
"The cluster is mandated to ensure that all people in South Africa are and feel safe in their homes, places of work and businesses whilst they carry on with their lives. Law enforcement authorities are currently in the area to restore calm and order in the Free State community."
The government is calling on citizens to remain calm and avoid committing crimes or acts of vigilantism:
“Government appeals to the community to be calm during this period and to allow law enforcement agencies an opportunity to do their job. By acting within the law, citizens can make our communities safer and more secure. Irrespective of how angry or unhappy any person or community is, the law cannot be taken into one’s own hands."
The state also condemned all forms of violence, highlighting the importance of the industry:
“This extends not only to farmers and farm workers but to members of society in general. Farmers and farmworkers are the backbone of our economy and nothing can justify the criminal activity associated with these attacks and killings. These senseless killing of farmers and their workers affects all South Africans and threaten food security, employment, economic growth and job creation.”
Malema, speaking outside of court on Tuesday afternoon, had said his supporters are unafraid of death:
"We are not going to Senekal to fight with anyone we are not scared of death, we are dead already we have nothing to live for."
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