The two farmers accused of killing a 16-year-old boy in the North West town of Coligny, have been granted bail sparking further outrage.
Phillip Schutte (34) and Peter Dooreward (24) were awarded bail of R5000 each from the magistrate’s court of Coligny due to lacking evidence corroborating state witnesses.
“There is no link between the said witness evidence and the two accused persons at this stage”, said Magistrate Magaola Foso.
Schutte and Dooreward allegedly found the deceased, Matlhomola Moshoeu, “stealing sunflowers” from a nearby field when they proceeded to putting him in the back of their bakkie and driving him to the nearby police station.
According to state witnesses Moshoeu was thrown off the truck during transit and killed on the spot. However, the accused’s version states that the boy attempted to run away and jumped off the moving vehicle, breaking his neck.
The death of the teenager on April 20th sparked destructive protests in the small farmer’s town. Three trucks and houses were burnt with several shops being looted.
The two accused handed themselves over to police on April 25th.
Protesters gathered in great numbers outside the Coligny court today under the watchful eye of local police. The police, however, were unable to stop the torching of a local home in the area soon after the bail announcement.
“Let justice be served”, said one animated protester outside the court.
The teenager’s funeral was held on April 26th where a group of school pupils formed a guard of honour.