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Tragic Coligny accident exploited for political reasons – Solidarity Movement

Johannesburg – The death of a Coligny teenager who allegedly jumped from two farmers’ moving bakkie is being exploited for political reasons, the Solidarity Movement said on Thursday.

People were bussed in from outside the North West town to commit crime and loot, chairperson Flip Buys said in a statement.

A tense political atmosphere had prevailed in Coligny for some time between ANC members and mayor-elect Daniel Buthelezi, he said.

Buys and organisations affiliated with the movement, including Afriforum, visited Coligny on Wednesday to gather facts about what happened and help residents where needed.

A large number of police officers were in the town and the SAPS had the situation under control, Buys said.



Pieter Doorewaard, 26 and Philip Schutte, 34, the two farmers accused of killing 16-year-old Matlhomola Mosweu, are expected to continue their bail application in the town’s magistrate’s court on Friday.

Buys said a contingency plan was in place to prevent violence following the court’s ruling. Police and residents were preventing external troublemakers from getting in.

“The law must take its course and members of the public should refrain from passing judgment and finding the men guilty in the media,” Buys said.

“Whoever commits murder, be it white on black or black on white, deserves a life sentence. We are, however, of the opinion that this incident is an example of the double standards that apply in South Africa at the moment given that the two persons involved happen to be Afrikaans males,” he said.

According to Coligny’s businesspeople, race relations in the town were healthy and the situation was being blown out of proportion on social media and by people spreading rumours, Buys claimed.

It was remarkable to see how Coligny residents were helping one another.

“This comes after serious damage had been done to private homes, businesses in the informal settlement that belong mainly to foreigners, and to shops in town,” he said.


Accused seen throwing #Coligny teen out of moving van: cop

Coligny – A slain Coligny teenager was thrown out of a moving bakkie, the Coligny Magistrate’s Court heard on Tuesday.

Brigadier Cliffard Kgorane told the court a witness saw two white farmers – Pieter Doorewaard and Phillip Schutte – throwing Matlhamola Jonas Mosweu, 17, out of a moving vehicle on April 20.

“When they realised someone saw them, they made a u-turn, pick-up the deceased, loaded him at the back of the bakkie and also confronted the witness asking if he had seen what happened,” Kgorane said.

“The witness told them he did not see anything. They took him [the witness] put him at the back of the bakkie and drove for a radius of about 48km, in the meantime they threatened the witness. They eventually drove to a dam where they pointed the witness with a firearm, made him drink alcohol and ordered him to run in front of a moving bakkie at the same time firing shots around him. He vomited and collapsed. The two left him there, all this time the boy [Mosweu] was lying at the back of the bakkie.”

The two took the witness’s cellphone and on April 21, they went to his place of residence and told him not to tell the police or anyone else about what happened. Kgorane said Mosweu was found in a pool of blood after the accused dumped him on the side of the road.

The two allegedly went to the Coligny police, to report that a boy fell off a bakkie and that the police must call an ambulance and go to the scene.

They refused to take the police to the crime scene stating that they have other business to attend to.

Kgorane said the lives of the accused were in danger. “They are more safer in custody that outside,” he said. He told the court there was a possibility that charges of kidnapping and defeating the ends of justice could be added to their charge sheet.

The bail application was rolled over to Wednesday.


Coligny residents call for withdrawal of murder charges against two farmers

A local businessman approached the residents to sign the petition asking for the charges to be withdrawn.

Residents of Coligny have called for the withdrawal of murder charges against two farmers accused of killing a teenage boy, the Coligny Magistrates’ Court heard on Tuesday.

“The petition is to show the court that residents of Coligny are behind the accused and want charges against them to be withdrawn,” said local businessman Pieter Karsten.

He was testifying in the urgent bail application of Pieter Doorewaard and Phillip Schutte, who have been accused of killing 17-year-old Matlhomola Jonas Mosweu on April 20.

Karsten, 48, who employed the two, and is Doorewaard’s uncle said he personally approached people to sign the petition. There were more than 150 signatures on the petition.

He told the court the mass protest that left a trail of destruction in Coligny was not linked to the murder of Matlhomola, but was in fact a spillover from a Lichtenburg protest related to service delivery.

He told the court that his businesses were looted and damaged during the protest, including two of his bottle stores.

The two accused claim they were driving the teenager to the police station when he jumped off their moving bakkie, breaking his neck.

While the bail application continued in court, fuming residents of Tlhabologang township chanted outside. They want the court to deny bail.