MALEMA STIRS SENEKAL

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EFF leader Julius Malema yes­ter­day told his party’s mem­bers there were no “farm mur­ders” in South Africa and that the killing of women and chil­dren de­served to get spe­cial at­ten­tion.

Malema was speak­ing out­side the Senekal Mag­is­trate’s Court, where Fateng-tse-nt­sho town­ship, Paul Roux res­i­dents Sek­wetje Mahlamba, 32, and 44-year-old Sekola Mat­laletsa were ap­ply­ing for bail.

They were ar­rested in con­nec­tion with the mur­der of Brendin Horner, a young farm man­ager in Paul Roux, and have been charged with mur­der and rob­bery.

“There are no white farm­ers be­ing killed in South Africa,” Malema said, speak­ing about the killing of women and chil­dren and land is­sues which needed at­ten­tion.

He said the EFF was not there sup­port­ing Mahlamba and Mat­laletsa for the crime they have been charged with but had or­gan­ised them the best le­gal team and would pay their bail if granted.

“They must not think we are sup­port­ing crim­i­nals. We are here to con­front white ar­ro­gance. We don’t want non­sense,” he said.

Malema thanked the hun­dreds of EFF mem­bers who were in Senekal to stand up to racists and what he de­scribed as white crim­i­nals.

“We will not al­low you to use your white su­prem­a­cist ten­den­cies when we are here,” he said. Ac­cord­ing to Malema, apartheid did not end in 1994 and it was show­ing its true colours through this case.

He said anti-apartheid ac­tivists did not go to jail and ex­ile only to vote but wanted ac­cess to land, own­er­ship of banks, mines and other strate­gic sec­tors of the econ­omy.

“We want our land and ev­ery­thing that comes with it,” Malema said. “We are lib­er­ated Africans … we are not fight­ing white peo­ple, we don’t want to be white peo­ple. “Black is beau­ti­ful,” Malema said. He ap­pealed to EFF mem­bers not to worry about black peo­ple who la­belled them thugs and an­ar­chists for go­ing to the Free State town Nel­son Man­dela was also called a ter­ror­ist.

Ear­lier in the day, EFF deputy pres­i­dent Floyd Shivambu warned that there must not be any­one who re­peated what hap­pened last week when a mob of white farm­ers stormed the court.

“If they touch us, they will know who we are to­day,” he warned.

There was a strong po­lice pres­ence in the town where the bail hear­ing was be­ing held and the sep­a­rate groups, in­clud­ing Afrifo­rum and farm­ers, were kept apart.

There were no re­ports of any ma­jor in­ci­dents.

Shivambu con­tin­ued: “We came here prop­erly in a proper demo­cratic and con­sti­tu­tional way, but we have said from the be­gin­ning that if they dare pro­voke us we will show them who we are”.

He said that EFF was not scared of “those Afrikaner boys, we are not scared of them”.

”They can come with what­ever they have, they will never de­feat the EFF,” said Shivambu, urg­ing party mem­bers to re­main dis­ci­plined.

“Con­tinue to sing, to be­have in a proper way, but let us send a warn­ing that let there not be any Boer who comes to un­der­mine us here,” he said.

Po­lice Min­is­ter Bheki Cele said sev­eral armed peo­ple were turned back in po­lice road­blocks and not al­lowed to en­ter the town where ten­sions have been high since the mur­der.

Mahlamba and Mat­laletsa’s bail hear­ing con­tin­ues on Mon­day. It was heard that Mahlamba was al­ready on bail for stock theft when he was ar­rested. In­ves­ti­ga­tions con­tinue.

| OUPA MOKOENA African News Agency (ANA)

PO­LICE stand between a group of farm­ers and EFF mem­bers dur­ing the court ap­pear­ance of the two ac­cused in the Brendin Horner mur­der.

| OUPA MOKOENA African News

EFF leader Julius Malema at the Senekal Mag­is­trate’s Court. Agency (ANA)

A GROUP of farm­ers gath­ered with signs dis­play­ing ‘stop farm mur­ders’ mes­sages.

EFF sup­port­ers protest in Senekal.

A GROUP of farm­ers gather on the road to Senekal ahead of the court ap­pear­ance of the two men ac­cused of killing Brendin Horner.

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