According to government news, Law enforcement agencies will be out in full force during Friday’s Senekal protest.
This comes after violence broke out at the previous court appearance of suspects in the Senekal farm manager murder case.
According to the government, the Minister of Police, Bheki Cele, visited the area to quell simmering tensions in the wake of the murder of farm manager Brendin Horner.
The cluster of Ministers first visited Horner’s family before holding a meeting with the Senekal farming communities.
The SA News publication says that “law enforcement authorities are currently in the area to restore calm and order in the Free State community.”
The suspects in Horner’s murder case are set to appear in court on Friday, 16 October 2020.
The Government have appealed to the community to remain calm and avoid breaking the law or taking the law.
“Government appeals to the community to be calm during this period and to allow law enforcement agencies an opportunity to do their job. By acting within the law, citizens can make our communities safer and more secure. Irrespective of how angry or unhappy any person or community is, the law cannot be taken into one’s own hands,” said the cluster.
Government condemns the violence and takes a dim view on it.
“This extends not only to farmers and farm workers but to members of society in general. Farmers and farmworkers are the backbones of our economy, and nothing can justify the criminal activity associated with these attacks and killings. These senseless killing of farmers and their workers affects all South Africans and threaten food security, employment, economic growth, and job creation.”
The safety and stability of farming communities is critical in providing South Africa with food and creation of jobs, said the cluster.