- The two farmworkers who were accused of the murder and kidnapping of sixteen-year-old Matlhomola Moshoeu for stealing a sunflower have appeared in court
- There has been a natinwide outcry that justice be served for the teenage boy, who was allegedly killed by Pieter Doorewaard, 27, and Philip Schutte, 34, who both pleaded not guilty
- The last witness testified on Wednesday this week and the final ruling was released today, with both men have been released on bail, set at R5000 each
The tragic death of Matlhomola Moshoeu has outraged the community of Coligny as well as others in South Africa. The two men who were accused of his murder have walked free after the court announced that bail be set at R5000 each. This verdict is bound to further inflame the community.
The tragedy occured on 20 April last year. The two accused, Pieter Doorewaard and Philip Schutte, are farm workers and claim that they caught the boy stealing a sunflower.
When they made their statement, the two claimed that they drove the boy to the nearest police station to report him. It was during the drive, they claim, that he jumped from the moving vehicle and broke his neck.
The last witness to testify, Itumeleng Ledikwa, was one of the medics who arrived on the scene. When they found Matlhomola, he was bleeding from the nose and mouth. The boy's most serious injuries was a broken neck was a basal skull fracture, which made it difficult to stop the bleeding.
According to News24, the two accused were arrested on charges of the unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition, pointing a firearm, theft, intimidation, kidnapping and murder.
Briefly.co.za has gathered that many believe in the guilt of the two men and that it was racially motivated. During the court proceedings, protests were held, demanding justice for the boy. The EFF joined in in the protests and several buildings were burned down.
One of the witnesses in the case, Bonakele Pakisi, complicated proceedings by changing his story about what happened. He claims that due to trauma, his memory wasn't too clear regarding the events of that day. His court testimony differed from that given to the police and kept changing during his court statement as well. Briefly.co.za has been told that this may have been the turning point in the case.
In the end, the two men accused of Matlhomola's murder have been set free, but there is doubt that the community will be satisfied with the outcome.
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