Shots fired, journalists assaulted, as protest outside farm murder court case turns violent

The case against the two alleged suspects was postponed to 16 October.

A police vehicle lies turned on its side after the protest outside the court where Brendin Horner’s suspected killers appeared turned violent. Picture: Supplied

Shots have been fired as thousands of protesters from Senekal and all over the country met at the Senekal Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday morning to attend the first appearance of the two suspects linked to the death of Brendin Horner.

Protestors attempted to get to the suspects in the court’s holding cells, leading to clashes with police, while the media were also reportedly targeted and assaulted by farmers unhappy with their presence.

Over the weekend two suspects, aged 32 and 43 were arrested after the body of the 22-year-old Horner was found in the Paul Roux area last Friday morning.

This police vehicle came off slightly worse for wear, after clashes between police and farmers. Picture: Tracy-Lee Stark
Police tried to maintain order outside the Senekal Magistrates Court. Picture: Tracy-Lee Stark
Journalists and photographers were also attacked by some farmers who weren’t happy with their presence at the court. Picture: Tracy-Lee Stark

The Senekal Magistrate’s Court grounds could not be easily accessed due to the thousands of protesters that gathered around the court to show their support against farm murders.

Proceedings had started off peacefully, but quickly turned violent shortly after the case against the suspects was announced that it would be postponed to 16 October.

Marchers gather outside the Senekal Magistrates court for the appearance of the suspects who were arrested in the Brendin Horner murder case. Pictures: Tracy Lee Stark
Marchers gather outside the Senekal Magistrates court for the appearance of the suspects who were arrested in the Brendin Horner murder case. Pictures: Tracy Lee Stark
Marchers gather outside the Senekal Magistrates court for the appearance of the suspects who were arrested in the Brendin Horner murder case. Pictures: Tracy Lee Stark

Outside the court, the crowd was addressed by AfriForum representatives and other stakeholders groups, as well as representatives from political parties such as the Democratic Alliance (DA) and the Freedom Front Plus (FFP) .

Various motorcycle clubs also attended the protest.

The proceedings outside the court was kicked off with a moment of silence for all the victims, farmers and workers of farm attacks.

The case against the two alleged suspects was postponed to 16 October.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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