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Media Statement: SAHRC appeals for calm in Senekal

Attention: Editors and Reporters

Thursday, 15 October 2020

The South African Human Rights Commission (the Commission or the SAHRC) is appealing for calm in the Free State town of Senekal where it is reported that, among others, the Economic Freedom Fighters, Afriforum and farmers are scheduled to protest on Friday, 16 October 2020.
This is in the wake of the recent murder of farm manager in Senekal, Mr Brendin Horner, which led to a mass protest at the Senekal Magistrates’ Court where two accused persons had been set to appear for Horner’s murder.
This event has caused high tensions in the area, and resulted in damage to property and violence during the protest by the group aggrieved by the murder of Horner as well as other farm killings.
With reports of the South African Police Service (SAPS) being present in full-force, and anecdotal threats of a willingness for violent confrontation coming from various sources, the SAHRC calls on all involved to exercise calm. The Commission demands that the constitutional right to protest be exercised within the ambit of the Constitution and the law. Thus all particpants in protest action must exercise this right unarmed and peacfully.

The Commission insists that the hightened tensions based on race and social status are of no benefit to the social cohesion that South Africa’s peace and stability are dependent on. The push for confrontation with the potential for violence, damage to property and even threats to lives accentuates polarisation which is contrary to fostering South Africa as a constitutional democracy where all are free, equal and are treated with dignity. We should all work towards securing reconciliation between farm dwellers and farmers, farmers and the SAPS and to restore trust in the law enforcement agencies.
The Commission thus asks for peace and for communities to allow the justice system and legal processes to run its course, unfettered.  A peaceful, prosperous nation is dependent on an efficient justice system, which operates independently of community sentiments. Violence and damage to property will not aide in bringing justice in the name of Mr Horner, or any other person who has lost their life to crime.

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Issued by the South African Human Rights Commission
Gushwell Brooks – Communications Co-ordinator Tel: 082 645 8573 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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