Senekal protest: Suspect André Pienaar granted bail by High Court

Senekal protest: Suspect André Pienaar granted bail by High Court

- André Pienaar, the first suspect arrested in connection to the protest in Senekal, has been granted bail after it was initially denied

- The Senekal local was granted bail, set at R15 000, by the Free State High Court in Bloemfontein on Monday morning

- This judgement was handed down after an appeal lodged by Pienaar after his bail was initially denied by the Senekal Magistrate's Court last week

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André Pienaar has successfully been granted bail by the Free State High Court in Bloemfontein on Monday after it was initially denied by the same court he is accused of attacking last week.

The Senekal local has been granted R15 000 bail after his first bail application was initially dismissed by the local Magistrate's Court.

Magistrate Buti Mlangeni had previously ruled that Pienaar would likely interfere with investigations by approaching witnesses, a move that would jeopardise the matter in the judge's view.

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EFF members protested in Senekal on Friday after the first protest turned violent. Image: Twitter/ @EFFSouthAfrica
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News24 reports that Pienaar has argued that the court had mistakenly found him guilty before the trial had to opportunity to commence, a move that seems to have favoured him.

Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that the 51-year-old businessman faces charges of incitement of violence, public violence and attempted murder after protests outside of the court got out of hand.

Pienaar, joined by a group of protesters, had allegedly stormed the court in an attempt to get to the two suspects accused of murdering a young farmer earlier in October.

During the confusion a police vehicle had been overturned and set alight with allegations that the holding cells had also suffered attempts by the protestors to set the building on fire, reports SowetanLIVE.

In addition to this case, police officials have also confirmed that a 33-year-old man has also been taken into custody and is set to appear in court on Monday in Senekal.

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The second suspect is facing a similar set of charges to Pienaar including attempted murder and arson.

The incident in question had sparked intense protests in the region on Friday, with the Economic Freedom Fighters, AfriForum and a number of other groups converging to raise their opinions on farm murders.

EFF leader Julius Malema claims that the science simply doesn't back up allegations that white citizens living on farms are specifically targeted.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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