- The Economic Freedom Fighters are set to protest in Senekal after voicing outrage over violence during demonstrations in the area last week
- Members of the Red Berets have already arrived in the area and are making their presence known ahead of what is expected to be a tense showdown on Friday
- Julius Malema has explained that the aim is to protest democracy from 'racist terrorist farmers' who attacked a court of law
The Economic Freedom Fighters have already ensured that their presence is Senekal is known ahead of the trial on Friday.
Vehicle's blaring party views on the matter can be seen circling the Senekal Magistrate's Court, where the first protest against farm murders saw the community turning on law enforcement.
Party leader Julius Malema had earlier called upon 'ground forces' to mobilise and help to protect the court from a repeat, slamming the police officials involved for their 'cowardice' after a vehicle was set alight during the protest.
Speaking to Newzroom Afrika, Malema explained that the party's presence on Friday was not to support the two suspects accused of murdering a young farm manager, but rather to protect the courts:
"We are not going to Senekal to sympathize with a thug, we are going to Senekal to protect our democracy, our constitution which is under threat by racist terrorist farmers who go and attack a court of law."
While the EFF and those who support the party seem to be in agreeance that this is ultimately the correct response to the situation, other South Africans aren't so sure that it is the right thing to do.
EFF chairperson Veronica Mente has weighed in with her view, signalling her determination to see the protest through:
"The proud thugs, fascists, cult followers will be in Senekal tomorrow. No white supremacy will prevail in our time. No Hashtags will deter us."
But some feel that the EFF's response has little to do with the community's rage over farm murders in the area and that the ordeal will 'end in tears'.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that AfriForum is also rallying support for a 'peaceful' protest in the town on the same day in response to the EFF movement.
CEO Kallie Kriel claims that the protest last week had been peaceful until alleged state-deployed instigators provoked the crowd into taking action.
Kriel claimed that the men responsible for provoking the crowd had fled the scene as soon as things turned violent.
Take a look at just a few responses to the situation from social media below:
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