A preacher, Paul Morule, has come forward with what he claims is a recording of the lone eyewitness confessing to lying about witnessing the death of Matlhomola Moshoeu. Two men stand accused of throwing the teenager from a bakkie and await sentencing due to take place this week.
The lone eyewitness in the notorious Coligny murder trial which sees two white men convicted in hurling a teenager from a bakkie has allegedly admitted to lying.
According to a report in Rapport, Bonakele Pakisi can be heard admitting to being dishonest in his testimony against Pieter Doorewaard and Phillip Schutte.
The two are awaiting sentencing for the murder of Matlhomola Moshoeu ( 16) in April 2017. The murder incited chaos in the North West town, with racial tensions running high. In the aftermath following the incident, shops had been plundered and buildings set alight.
This most recent development saw Paul Morule, a preacher from near Mahikeng, revealing that the single eye witness in the case had confessed his dishonesty to him.
Morule is employed by Pieter Karsten, an uncle of Pieter Doorewaard. The preacher alleges that he could not remain silent on the matter, saying:
"I am a man of God and I cannot allow two innocent people to go to jail for murder,"
The preacher claims to have met the eyewitness through his aunt who resides in Coligny and the two men had become friends.
During the recording Pakisi can allegedly be heard saying:
"I was not there when the incident happened. I did not see anything,"
However, when approached for comment, Pakisi denied the claims, saying the recording was a set-up by people interested in proving the innocence of the two men.
AfriForum released a statement over the weekend revealing it would be offering legal aid to the two convicted men, who are awaiting sentencing due this week.
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