Ministers to visit Brendin Horner family, organised farming structures to quell tensions

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Police Minister Bheki Cele and State Security Minister Ayanda Dlodlo are expected to visit the family of slain farm manager, Brendin Horner in Paul Roux in the Free State on Tuesday.

Horner was killed on a Farm in Paul Roux last week Friday. His body was found with a rope around his neck and tied to a pole.

Two men have since been charged with his murder.

The Ministers will also meet with various organised farming structures in an attempt to quell tensions in the area.

Horner was killed on his one-year anniversary as a farm manager.

Sekwetje Mahlamba and Sekola Matlaletsa who were arrested for his murder appeared in the Senekal Magistrate’s Court last week.

On the day of their brief appearance farmers from across the country descended on Senekal – to raise their voices against farm murders.

The group of farmers stormed the Senekal Magistrate’s Court and burnt a police vehicle.

In the video below, farmers in the Free State are calling for the return of the death penalty:

‘Stop racial hate speech’

Meanwhile, The Senekal Safety Association says government leaders should stop stirring racial hate speech.

The Association says violence should not be condoned, but leaders should also not be irresponsible to stir racial hate when it’s a common crime.

The Association’s Jess De Klerk says government must crack down hate speech.

“I think the biggest thing the government must do is to crack down on hate speech. Songs like kill the Boer, kill the farmer. Politicians that make remarks and make it acceptable that farmers are hurt or attacked must be stopped because the people on the ground don’t understand that it’s just politics that they are talking. They take it literally and they think it is acceptable to kill or hurt people.”

Paul Roux residents have mixed feelings about the brutal killing in their area.

“My kids came here to visit from Johannesburg, and they used to feel like you can leave the doors open and it’s a much safer place, and now you have to be more careful.”

“You saw the protest they did in Senekal and then I am not even supporting it. But I am just saying that we are not afraid.”