Duo accused of Brendin Horner murder back in the dock for bail hearing

Johannesburg – The men accused of killing farm manager Brendin Horner are expected back in the dock in the Senekal Magistrates Court on Tuesday morning for their bail hearing.

Sekwetje Mahlaba and Sekola Matlaletsa were charged with the murder of the 21-year-old.

Horner’s body was found tied to a fence earlier this month on the farm where he worked with Paul Roux.

His killing has sparked racial tensions, thrusting the small Free State town into sharp focus.

Mahlaba and Matlaletsa are accused of killing Horner who caught them while they allegedly tried to steal stock.

The Senekal Magistrates Court heard how Mahlaba was out on bail for another stock theft case at the time of his arrest this month, and Matlaletsa also had previous convictions for stock theft.

But Mahlaba insists he was home with his girlfriend on the night Horner was killed.

The police said they found pants with blood on them in his house, but he said he wore the pants when he was slaughtering a sheep for a community member in their township.

Unlike Mahlaba, Matlaletsa did not take the stand, instead his lawyer read an affidavit where he also claimed to be home on the night of the murder.


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