The Fighters reacted to the granting of bail to the two white farmers involved in the Coligny murder case wondering why whites are always handed cheap bail in the country.
As it happened, the white farmers accused in the Coligny murder case were each granted R5000 bail by the Coligny Magistrate Court. The case involved the murder of 16-year-old Matlhomola Mosweu.
While the white farmers – Pieter Doorewaard and Phillip Schutte – contended that they caught Mosweu stealing sunflowers from a plantation, and was taking him to the police station when he jumped off the moving bakkie which resulted in his death, an eyewitness related that one of the farmers pushed the deceased off the moving vehicle.
EFF (Economic Freedom Fighters) said the granting of bail to Doorewaard and Schutte must be seen as the reason for mob justice.
“…Community confidence has been uprooted in the rule of law. Mosweu’s death sparked protests in Coligny in the previous week that saw the wrath of the community members demand justice for the brutal murder of the 16-year-old young man.
“These protests, following the bail being granted, have now escalated to the torching of the farmer’s house and two other houses in the area,” EFF lamented.
The Fighters reminded South Africans that students who participated in the Fees Must Fall protests to fight for access to education were denied bail.
“Many of these activists were black, with no criminal records, and were not accused of serious crimes like murder. Yet, white men, accused of serious crimes like murder and attempted murder are given cheap bail,” stated the party.
With that, EFF upheld that SA courts must be blamed for the violence in Coligny. They have failed to uphold justice. “It is these lower court’s incompetence that must be blamed for the community taking the law into their hands,” asserted the Fighters.
Malema’s party also condemned the attack on journalists by white farmers in Coligny. And, demanded of the South African Police Service (SAPS) to arrest the “white man who was seen on video attacking the black journalist with immediate effect.”
Above all, EFF charged that state to appeal the decision of the judge to grant the accused bail. The law is there to guard and protect all of us, the party stressed.
Meanwhile, the Democratic Alliance (DA) party strongly condemned the recent acts of violence against journalists covering protests action across the country. and calls on protestors to not resort to violent ends to voice their frustrations.
The party called on protesters to cease resorting to violent ends in voicing their frustrations saying:
“South Africa is a democratic country where citizens may exercise their Constitutional right to protest, however, those who protest must do so peacefully.
The media play an important role in covering the events on the ground and reporting on these protests, and we urge protesters to not misplace their frustrations with the government on journalists.
Journalists have the unnerving task of often going into volatile conditions in order to educate and inform the rest of the country.”
DA also asked the police to protect journalists against acts of violence directed at them.