Pienaar will remain behind bars, as his case has been postponed to November 20 for further investigation.
André Pienaar, the farmer who is accused of inciting violence at the Senekal Magistrate’s Court in the Free State last week, has been denied bail after making a brief appearance in the same court on Tuesday morning, The Citizen reports.
The 52-year-old was arrested last Wednesday, 7 October, after farmers engaged in violent protests outside the court the day before as the two suspects in the murder of 22-year-old farm manager Brendin Horner made their first appearance.
Horner’s body was discovered tied to a pole, with several stab wounds and head injuries earlier this month, which has caused outrage amongst the farming community as it finds itself under siege by criminal attackers.
31-year-old Andries Smith Myburgh smelled smoke and upon investigating, was hit over the head with an object. Myburgh managed to push the suspect away, but was then allegedly attacked with a knife by a second suspect. He was also doused with petrol.
Myburgh then produced his firearm and shot in the direction of the suspects, but then realised he was on fire, and jumped into the swimming pool on his farm. In the process, the two suspects fled on foot.
Myburgh promptly alerted neighbours and police. He did not incur serious injuries, and was attended to by medical personnel.
Brigadier Motantsi Makhele said one suspect was identified as a tall man, measuring around 2 metres, who was wearing green overalls and a light blue shirt.
The second suspect was wearing a blue overall suit. Both suspects are unknown to Myburgh.