#BrendinHorner: Cele heads to Eastern Free State

Police Minister Bheki Cele Picture: GCIS
Police Minister, Bheki Cele, will visit the Eastern Free State on Tuesday to quell tensions over the recent murder of 21-year old farm manager, Brendin Horner.

Cele, who will be accompanied by Minister of State Security, Ayanda Dlodlo, will head to Paul Roux, some 40kms outside Bethlehem, to visit Horner’s family on Graspan farm.

Thereafter the team will head over to the Mitz Agricultural Union hall in the area to meet with farming groups in an effort to quell tensions over Horner’s brutal murder.

OFM News’ Olebogeng Motse reports Cele’s visit occurs as a 51-year-old Senekal man accused of attempted murder, malicious damage to state property and public violence last week at a protest against farm murders, will hear judgement from the local Magistrate Court on his bail application.

OFM News previously reported that Magistrate Buti Mlangeni, on Friday reserved judgement on the matter.

The 51-year old farmer whose identity has been revealed by media houses despite Mlangeni’s instructions not to stands accused of inciting violence, threatening and assaulting a female officer by throttling her neck last week Tuesday during the public violence.

He is alleged to have influenced a group of protestors to destroy court property and sit the state’s van alight.

The accused’s defence has merely brushed off the state’s testimony and labelled it as speculation.

The defense went on to say the prosecution does not have evidence that the accused influenced or incited the violence. The state is opposed to bail.

Cele will meet with Horner’s family at 11:00 am. He will then meet with farming organisations around midday.

These developments come days ahead of the appearance of 32-year old Sekwetje Mahlamba and 44-year old Sekola Matlaletsa in the Paul Roux Magistrate Court.

Last week the duo briefly appeared in the Senekal Magistrate’s Court where it was revealed, for now they are only facing murder charges in connection with the incident.

This is despite media reports alleging the duo would also be facing stock theft charges.

The matter was promptly postponed to 16 October, with Free State Police Spokesperson, Thandi Mbambo, telling OFM News the case will now be transferred to Paul Roux which is over 35 kms away from Senekal.

The accused were nabbed at Fateng tse Ntho in Paul Roux, following Horner’s murder.