Second suspect nabbed for last week’s Senekal court violence

Second suspect nabbed for last week’s Senekal court violence

A 33-year-old man has been arrested in connection with last week’s chaos at the Senekal Magistrate’s Court.

He is a second suspect in the violence that erupted at the court when the two men accused of killing 21-year-old farm manager, Brendin Horner, first appeared in court.

Police Ministry spokesperson, Lirandzu Themba, announced the news last night in a tweet.

The arrest happened on the same day Sekwetje Mahlamba (32) and Sekola Matlaletsa (44) made their second appearance in court to apply for bail.

The matter has been postponed to Tuesday, where the investigating officer is expected to be cross-examined.

State Security Minister Ayanda Dlodlo, the Police Minister Bheki Cele and EFF leader Julius Malema attended the court proceedings, which were marked by tensions between rival protesting groups.

DA Federal Council Chairperson Helen Zille was also in Senekal in support of farmers, who are frustrated by farm murders.

Pietermaritzburg hosts both Malema and Buthelezi

Pietermaritzburg hosts both Malema and Buthelezi

Leaders of parties at the opposite end of the political spectrum – the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) – were both on the campaign trail in Pietermaritzburg today, April 17.

The IFP launched its KwaZulu Natal manifesto at the Winston Churchill theatre, with party leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi and the party’s candidate for premier, VF Hlabisa.

Buthelezi told the crowd that for the past 10 years the leading party did not govern well. “The capital city of KwaZulu Natal is placed under administration for the second time because they have failed,” said Buthelezi. He concluded by saying there is no need to vote for corruption.

Meanwhile, the EFF’s Julius Malema was at the Pietermaritzburg taxi rank where he addressed a crowd, before moving to the Umngeni Municipality where he led a service delivery march.

Malema told the crown that the demands of the people are genuine, “They want land, water, reliable electricity and jobs.” Malema also claimed that municipal employees had slept their way into jobs. (Umgungundlovu FM – edited by Siya Motha)

EFF leader Julius Malema addresses supporters in Pietermaritzburg
IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi launches his party’s provincial manifesto in Pietermaritzburg
At the IFP manifesto launch in the Churchill Hall, Pietermaritzburg