Killing of White Farmer Sparks Tension in South Africa as Murder Trial Begins

Killing of White Farmer Sparks Tension in South Africa as Murder Trial Begins


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A tense standoff between white farmers and black activists gripped the South African town of Senekal on Friday as two men accused of killing a white farm manager were to appear in court.

More than 100 police officers patrolled the area in front of the courthouse in the Free State province and used barbed wire to separate the rival groups.

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Sekwetjie Mahlamba and Sekola Matlaletsa were to appear in the court on charges of killing Brendin Horner, 21, on Oct. 1.

About 250 white farmers gathered to protest the killing, charging that police do not adequately protect white farmers.

In an earlier court hearing last week, a group of white farmers stormed

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