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Andre Pienaar approaching High Court to appeal bail decision

Andre Pienaar during his bail hearing in Senekal

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A Senekal businessman who has been behind bars for nearly a week will approach the High Court in Bloemfontein on Thursday to set aside the local Court's decision to deny him bail.

The 51-year-old Andre Pienaar is facing a charge of attempted murder, incitement and public violence.

He was arrested last week after a police van was torched during a protest outside court.

On Tuesday, Magistrate Buti Mlangeni said releasing him on bail would undermine public peace and security.

Pienaar’s lawyer Ilanie Oberholzer says there are a lot of grounds that were raised by the magistrate that they have to respond to.

His legal team feels confident that their application will be successful.

The drama at the court came on the same day that two suspects appeared in connection with the brutal murder of young farm manager, Brendin Horner.

It is alleged that a group of farmers forced their way into the court building demanding that two men accused of Horner's murder be released to them.

They allegedly pushed a female police officer aside and forced their way into the court building and assaulted the suspects who were in the holding cells.

The two suspects suffered injuries and had to be taken to the hospital.

The group also overturned a police vehicle and set it on fire.

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