Security beefed up ahead of Groblersdal farmer’s bail application

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There is a heavy police presence outside the Groblersdal Magistrate’s Court in Limpopo where a farmer accused of assaulting a police officer is expected to apply for bail.

Twenty-five-year-old Francois van der Merwe allegedly assaulted a police officer during a protest by a group of white farmers outside the court last week.

Groups of various farmers’ organisations have gathered outside the court to support the accused.

Farmer’s organisation Stop Farm Murders has condemned last week’s act of brandishing the old apartheid flags by a group of white farmers.

The organisation’s chairperson, Phakamile Sitho says, “You remember 1994 when our President Nelson Mandela said we must be a rainbow nation, some of the individuals, not all farmers, still treated black people badly [with] racism and we can’t tolerate that thing here in South Africa. Some groups come from Gauteng to bring their racism here and you remember last week some grouping they brought their old apartheid flags here which is wrong.”

VIDEO: Wednesday’s proceedings of Groblersdal farmers assault case: