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SAHRC appeals for calm in Senekal amid EFF, ANC & AfriForum protests

Racial tensions have been high in Senekal since the murder of local farm manager Brendin Horner earlier this month.

EFF member chanting at the farmers across Julius Malema on Friday, 16 October 2020 in Senekal. Picture: Abigail Javier/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) on Friday appealed for calm in the Free State town of Senekal where Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and African National Congress (ANC) members were protesting alongside people from lobby group AfriForum and local farmers.

Racial tensions have been high in Senekal since the murder of local farm manager Brendin Horner earlier this month.

The 21-year-old's body was found hanging from a pole in Paul Roux where he worked.

Two men arrested for his murder were due in the dock again on Friday.

There was greater security outside the court on Friday after the chaotic scenes that played out last week during their last appearance when farmers stormed the building and set fire to a police vehicle.

The commission’s Chris Nissen called on all groups in Senekal to protest peacefully: “We are asking for a situation where people must remember that the court case must continue and that the law must take its course and we cannot continue to polarise society and political parties should not exploit the situation but we cannot allow for criminality to continue. And therefore, it is very important to sit around the table together, as the commission will be discussing a way forward.”

Earlier on Friday, EFF members could be heard singing "Dubula" which means "shoot".

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