A 52-year-old farmer was arrested on Wednesday for his role in the torching of a police vehicle.
Violent demonstration by a group of farmers outside the Senekal Magistrates Court in the Free State on 6 October 2020. Picture: @crimeairnetwork/Twitter
JOHANNESBURG – Police Minister Bheki Cele on Wednesday said he was hoping for more arrests following the storming of a court building and the burning of a police van outside the Senekal Magistrates Court in the Free State.
A 52-year-old farmer was arrested for his role in the torching of the police vehicle.
Farmers on Tuesday were angry after the murder of 22-year-old Brendin Horner, whose body was left hanging on a pole after he was stabbed and strangled.
A large crowd stormed into the court building demanding that two suspects be handed over to them.
SENEKAL COURT pic.twitter.com/dnIVD7CurA
— REZA (@crimeairnetwork) October 6, 2020
“Police Minister Bheki Cele has welcomed the arrest of the first suspect involved in the violent demonstrations by a group of farmers outside the Senekal Magistrates Court. Minister Cele is encouraged that a 52-year-old farmer has been arrested for his role in the alleged torching of the police vehicle,” said the minister’s spokesperson Lirandzu Themba in a statement.
“Cele is calling for more arrests as it is clear the criminality that took place was a collective act that threatened the rule of law.”