No further arrests in Senekal riot saga

2020-Oct-18   08:06

No further arrests in Senekal riot saga
Police Minister Bheki Cele
Source: Silver Sibiya/Newsnote

- Silver Sibiya in Senekal

There is still no progress on the arrests of white Senekal farmers who stormed the local magistrate's court, vandalised state property and torched a police vehicle.

On Friday police mounted roadblocks in the Free State town as tensions between the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and some grouos of white people escalated. The EFF and many black South Africans have demanded action against the white farmers behind the riot at the local court two weeks ago.

So far, Police Minister Bheki Cele has nothing to show except an isolated arrest made on Friday morning. Cele said one person has been arrested at one of the roadblocks after he was found in possession of an unlicensed firearm.

“Those who were armed, one was arrested because he was a carrying an unlicensed firearm,” Cele told journalists outside court during lunch break.

Minister of State Security, Ayanda Dlodlo said authorities are not worried despite the escalating racial tensions in Senekal.

“What we have seen is what you would find when there are large gatherings of people who have different views. By and large police have been doing well,” Dlodlo said.

Police maintained a strong presence throughout the day.

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