A 23-year-old white man, accused of shooting a 17-year-old black girl just outside the Free State town of Orania, appeared in the Fauresmith magistrate's court on Wednesday.

He was not asked to plead and the case was postponed to April 25, a court official said.

The incident occured when a taxi driver, transporting passengers from Orania railway station, was stopped by a group of white people who had blocked the Fluitjieskraal bridge between Orania, the self-proclaimed Afrikaner homeland, and Wanda on Sunday morning.

The taxi was allowed through and shortly afterwards a shot was fired from the crowd, injuring a passenger in the taxi, Mildred Vele, in her calf.

Residents of Orania have distanced themselves from what police have called a racial attack.

The African National Congress also reacted strongly to the incident.

Nat Serache, a spokesperson from the ANC's department of information and publicity, said incidents like this happened because whites often came away with light sentences for attacks on their black compatriots.

He did not elaborate or give examples. - Sapa