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Senekal on edge: killing duo in court as theft plunges farms into ‘crisis’

The suspects’ second appearance spotlights an agricultural sector ravaged by criminals to the tune of R7.5bn a year

Senior reporter

Farm theft costs SA’s economy R7.5bn annually, yet the government and country is seemingly unable to stop the crime.

The alarming economical cost of agricultural crimes, which has been researched by Agri-SA and the University of South Africa, comes as the country is gripped by a surge in violent crimes against emerging and established farmers.

The murder of Free State farm manager Brendin Horner, 21, and the violent attack on the Senekal Magistrate’s Court by farmers during the appearance by his two alleged killers has brought farm-related crimes into sharp focus. On Friday, the suspects are expected to appear in court again, with EFF supporters vowing to protest outside...

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