Thousands descended on the small farming town of Senekal in the Free State on Friday for the court appearance of two men accused of the brutal murder of 21-year-old farm manager Brendin Horner.
Members and supporters of different political parties gathered outside the local magistrate's court, with heavy police and private security presence to keep a close eye on protesters, with a back-up from a police helicopter.
This after police were caught napping last week when hundreds of local farmers stormed the magistrate's court and vandalised police vehicles, while demanding that the suspects who were in court for Brinden's murder be released and handed over to them.
Sekola Matlaletsa and Sekwetje Mahlamba stand accused of killing and hanging Horner.
Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader, Julius Malema, rallied his followers together and said they are there to defend state property.
They marched across the streets of Senekal and were later joined by local African National Congress Sizanani Branch members. They however distanced themselves from large crowds of EFF.
Police minister, Bheki Cele and State Security minister Ayanda Dlodlo also attended court proceedings.
Malema, his EFF deputy Floyd Shivambu, Secretary General Marshall Dlamini and Head of Political Education, Mbuyiseni Ndlozi went to court, but not all were allowed in.
The state prosecutor opposed media application to film proceedings and broadcast it live, saying the case is at a sensitive stage.
Only three reporters were allowed in to brief the rest.
The prosecutor also asked not to be identified, pleading that his name not be revealed and his face not shown to the public. The defence team was not opposed to proceedings being filmed or broadcast.