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André Pienaar released on bail

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The High Court in Bloemfontein granted bail to André Pienaar (51) on Monday morning, the so-called leader when farmers’ supporters stormed the Senekal Magistrate’s Court in the Eastern Free State on 6 October.

He was denied bail last week and an appeal case for bail was subsequently heard in the high court.

Judge Celéste Reinders ruled this morning and Pienaar was released on R15 000 bail.

Pienaar is charged with, among other things, public violence, attempted murder and incitement.

The charge sheet also contains a charge of terrorism. However, the state needs a certificate from the national director of public prosecutions for such a complaint. They would be able to continue with the complaint if such a certificate is obtained.

Judge Reinders said in her ruling that Pienaar had proved that he was not a flight risk and that it was not in the interests of justice that he should remain in custody.

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