Coligny Teen Murder: Members of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in North West, will today march to the Coligny police station against Pieter Doorewaard and Phillip Schutte, the two white farmers accused of killing 16-year-old Matlhomola Moshoeu.
The march, which is expected to be led by Julius Malema was triggered by the decision of the magistrate to grant the two farm workers bail of R5‚000 earlier this month.
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Matlhomola Jonas Mosweu of Scotland informal settlement in Coligny died on April 20 after he was pushed off from a moving bakkie by Doorewaard (26) and Phillip Schutte (34).
The accused told the court that the teen jumped off the moving bakkie and broke his neck while they were taking him to the police for stealing sunflowers at their employer’s field near an informal settlement.
Their claims were, however, contradicted by a State eyewitness, who testified that the men threw Matlhomola out of the moving van and that he died on his way to the hospital.
Matlhomola’s father Sakkie Dingake was said to have learned about his death while he was in church. He identified the body of his son in a picture showed to him and confirmed that he has been looking for him for two weeks.
The teen’s death sparked anger and racial protest among black Coligny residents. It also led to the looting and torching of many houses and business centres.
Speaking to BuzzSouthAfrica, EFF North West spokesperson Papiki Babuile said the protest will kick off by 10 am and that they will be marching to the Coligny police station.
“Our leader Julius Malema said that he would be joining us if he was available. If he cannot come‚ the march will he led by provincial leadership and other national leaders‚” he added.
In a recent interview, the boy’s father said he’s now scared of white people, adding that his son’s death has really worsened his family’s situation.
“I don’t trust white people anymore. Even living in my house is difficult. I make sure that when I leave, I make sure I am back at 3 pm. I am afraid of white people.”
His wife, Agnes Moshoeu said they now live in fear and ensure they don’t roam around at night. She described her son as respectful and humble.
The North West ANC has since established a reconciliation programme in the community in a bid to appease their anger and bail objection.
The teen was buried on Sunday, May 10, after an autopsy was conducted to determine the cause of his death. The suspects will appear again in court on June 26. Both had no previous convictions and no pending cases.
For decades, white men and women living in the town don’t see eye to eye. An account from a black woman in the area indicated that black people in the town were subjected to lesser human beings by their white employers. And it has always been that way for long. In fact, most residents claimed that apartheid still exists in Coligny.