The Free State police arrived in large numbers in Senekal on Friday morning.
André Pienaar, a local farmer, appeared in court on Friday morning in connection with the protest on Tuesday when an angry farming community stormed the Senekal court.
They wanted to bring the two alleged killers of Brendin Horner outside, but the suspects had already been moved to Bethlehem’s detention cells.
Terrorism, attempted murder, incitement to violence and public violence are the crimes of which André Pienaar (51) is charged.
Johan Roothman, prosecutor in the case, said in court in Senekal on Friday that the state will oppose Pienaar’s application for bail.
Pienaar lives in Senekal but farms in the Marquard district. He addressed protesters at the Senekal Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday where the two alleged killers of farm foreman Brendin Horner, 22, appeared.
The charge of attempted murder against him stems from a group of men’s actions when they tried to enter the detention cells to get hold of those awaiting trial.
The state will argue that Pienaar wanted to kill the two men because he apparently also wanted to set the cells on fire.
Pienaar will probably spend the weekend behind bars because the bail hearing will not be completed on Friday afternoon.