Tensions in Coligny are still rife as rumours of residents arming themselves and seeking personal justice have arisen online prompting the call to calm by community leaders.
Allegations to vigilantism have been made by some twitter users and online platforms which are in stark contrast to reports received from the ground by both police and media outlets.
“Stop calling vigilantism ‘protests’ FFS!”, tweeted one user by the name of Jan, using the handle @decolonisedboer, in response to media coverage on the action occurring in the small North West town.
“Calls for calm as Coligny residents arming themselves”, reads the headline of an article published by SA people News on Tuesday.
Yet reports from the South African Police Services (SAPS) suggest that community leaders and members have been engaged with local police forces in two separate meetings today.
Similarly, media outlets on the scene have reported that community leaders have held group discussions on the legal avenues to appeal the decision given by the courts yesterday to grant bail of R5000 each to the two farmers accused in the case.
The torching of houses and vehicles has been taking place in Coligny since the death of 16-year-old Faki Mosweu on April 20th sparked violent protests and looting.
Regardless of the veracity behind the rumours of vigilante action being planned or not, the leader of the Democratic Alliance (DA), Mmusi Maimane, has released a statement in a bid to calm people considering this course of action.
“Vigilantism, no matter how angry and emotional people may be, is never an appropriate response in our Constitutional Democracy”, wrote Maimane via the party newsletter. “We are a nation of laws, and the law will deliver justice to those who have been aggrieved.”
The police are still currently in talks with the community.