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THE EFF ‘ground ‘forces’ have descended on the small town of Senekal in the Free State ahead of the court appearance of two suspects accused of killing 21-year-old farm manager Brendin Horner.

The party’s leader Julius Malema said on Thursday in an interview with a television station that the EFF was going to Senekal in defence of a democratic State.

This follows scenes of chaos outside court a fortnight ago when farmers burnt a police vehicle.  

“The EFF is not going to Senekal for war but if the trip to the Free State town results in one then, so be it,” said Malema,” said Malema during an interview with television news station, Newzroom Afrika.

Farmers in the Free State say they believe farm murders and farm attacks are fuelled by political rhetoric from the likes of the EFF.

“The EFF is not going to Senekal to sympathise with a thug. We are going to Senekal to protect our democracy, our constitution, which is under threat by racist terrorist farmers who go and attack a court of law, storm a court of law and police station and chase police around. That’s a declaration of war against the state,” Malema said.

The small town in the Free State has been marred by racial tensions after the killing of the farm manager a few weeks ago.

Afriforum has since launched an international campaign to stop farm murders, claiming there is white genocide happening in South Africa.

“I will be leading from the front tomorrow. We will defend ourselves against the farmers in a similar way black people defended themselves against apartheid,” said Malema.

Malema questioned why his party should be scared of retired South African Defence Force (SADF) soldiers and apartheid-era generals when they were not scared of them ‘when they legitimately carried guns to kill black people’.

“We confronted them with stones. Let history repeat itself. Let us confront the same people our parents confronted. If that is going to be the case, let it be,” added Malema.

According to Kallie Kriel, CEO of AfriForum, the decision was made to occupy the site next to the Commando N5 restaurant in Senekal to ensure that the peaceful voice of the majority was not be silenced by a small group of instigators and the EFF’s provocative actions.

We also can’t stop signing protest because troublemakers are planted in protest actions to bring the valid resists against farm murders into disgrace. AfriForum will therefore continue and impose measures to make sure those who want to bring the fight against farm murders into disgrace are not part of AfriForum’s peaceful action,” said Kriel.

(COMPILED BY INSIDE POLITICS STAFF)

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