- The police had to come out in full force on Friday ahead of the Brendin Horner murder trial
- This follows outbursts by the farming community at the first court appearance of the suspects and calls by Julius Malema on EFF members to attend the second one
- So far, a sea of Red Berets have shown up to 'defend democracy' against the upset farmers
The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) have not backed down following calls by Julius Malema to show up in Senekal for the second court appearance of Sekwetje Isaiah Mahlamba, 32, and 44-year-old Sekola Piet Matlaletsa.
Mahlamba and Matlaletsa stand accuse of the murder of 21-year-old farm manager Brendin Horner.
At their first appearance in the Senekal Magistrate’s Court, the farming community showed their anger over the senseless and brutal murder.
Following the heated day, EFF leader Julius Malema called on the Red Berets to show up on 16 October for the suspects' second appearance to 'protect democracy.'
On Friday morning, buses of EFF supporters showed up in Senekal to heed Malema's calls. Social media users were flooded with photos of the EFF painting the Free State town's streets red.
Briefly.co.za took a look at some of the photos and videos of the #EFFinSenekal.
Twitter parody account Man's Not Barry Roux shared several photos of the Red Berets, captioning it:
"EFF members outside of the #Senekal Magistrates Court, ahead of the appearance of Sekwetje Mahlamba and Sekola Matlaletsa this morning. #EFFinSenekal."
Several videos and photos show the EFF members with "weapons". The supporters were seen carrying objects including golf clubs, cricket bats and knobkieries.
The EFF also also shares photos on Twitter and wrote:
"We are not step-children in this country; white arrogance has no place in our democracy. Fighters in Senekal are here to ensure that the white minority respects state institutions and the rule of law."
On Thursday, Briefly.co.za reported Julius Malema is not afraid of a showdown against the farmers. During an interview, the EFF leader hinted at doing karate, adding he can defend himself.
Malema said that he might even have a black belt in karate before he showed off his karate chop. A clip of the interview has been posted on social media by Twitter user @_DJCappuccino, who captioned it:
" 'What if I have black belt, hiyaaaaa Mawashigeri' Juju #EFFinSenekal."
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