Johannes Potgieter and and Hendricks Dumas in court. Picture: James Mahlokwane
Pretoria -  There is major protest action in Bronkhorstspruit as two farmers appear in court for allegedly assaulting a 9-year-old black girl on September 9. 

Angry protesters from the EFF and the ANC said the girl and her three friends were walking their dogs on September 9. The dog ran into a farm and the girls followed it, only to be chased by the two accused. 

The other three girls were able to run away when the men approached. 

The girl, who was caught, was allegedly tied to a tree, assaulted and had a firearm pointed at her while some farm workers watched. 

Heavy security was deployed to the Bronkhorstspruit Magistrate's Court and access to the building has since been limited.

Angry EFF and ANC protesters outside the Bronkhorstspruit Magistrate's Court. Picture: James Mahlokwane

The crowd said they were angry because the suspects were initially denied bail but somehow it was granted at the Gauteng High Court, Pretoria without the family being informed.

The crowd said this was a race issue. 

The accused were arrested on September 10 and face charges of attempted murder, assault to do grievous bodily harm, pointing of a firearm and kidnapping.

Local political leaders were allowed inside the court while hundreds of their followers remained outside demonstrating their disapproval of the alleged crime.

Angry EFF and ANC protesters outside the Bronkhorstspruit Magistrate's Court. Video: James Mahlokwane

The EFF and ANC supporters have stopped court proceedings after hearing news of a postponement. 

The leaders angrily stood up and said the two farmers are selling their asserts, including their farm and are a flight risk.

Numerous media houses have made their way to the court.

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