Dozens of ANC members on Tuesday gathered outside the Parys Magistrates’ Court in the Free State and sang racially derogatory songs directed at white people.
The crowd was part of the many people who were in court for the bail application of four farmers who were arrested for the murder of Samuel Tjexa and his friend Seun Tangashe.
The duo were allegedly attacked and killed by a group of commandos patrolling the farms on Thursday at Biessiebult farm outside Parys, when they went to one of the farmers to demand their wages.
More than 20 people clad in the regalia of Economic Freedom Fighters also gathered outside the court, about 200 metres away from their ANC counterparts. Five elderly women wearing the uniform of the ANC Women’s League also sat at the entrance of the court premises.
Singing in IsiZulu, the ANC members said white people would one day quit their jobs and run away from South Africa. There were many police officers in and outside the court who came in various vehicles including the armoured nyalas. A part of Phillip Street outside the court was cordoned off with barbed wire, and sporadic sounds of stun grenades were heard on the same street.
“We are tired of these white farmers…they treat our brothers and sisters like animals,” Shouted a young man near the singing crowd outside the court, who declined to reveal his names.
One of several ordinary people on the court premises, Mavis Sebata, said: “This thing of insulting each other racially whenever there is an incident between people of different races is not good for our country.”
The court adjourned the proceedings early in the afternoon and they were expected to be resumed at 2pm.