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