- Nel and Roux, who famously went head to head in the Oscar Pistorius trial, will represent the Coligny accused together
- They will represent Pieter Doorewaardand Philip Schutte who were convicted of murder
- However, the key witness in the trial has since confessed to lying to the court
Gerrie Nel has signed on to join Barry Roux in defending the Coligny killers.
Nel and Roux famously went head-to-head in the Oscar Pistorius trial, where Roux represented Pistorius and Nel led the prosecution.
The two lawyers will defend two men convicted of murder whose sentencing has come into question after an eyewitness admitted to lying about their testimony.
The Coligny men, Pieter Doorewaard and Philip Schutte, were found guilty of murdering Matlhomola Mosweu in 2017. They allegedly threw Mosweu from a moving vehicle after they caught him stealing sunflower seeds from their employer.
However, the sole witness to the event, Bonakele Pakisi, has since confessed to lying about his testimony. Pakisi also said that he was intimidated and made to sign a prepared statement.
This prompted AfriForum's Kallie Kriel to get involved the case. He has said that AfriForum will pay Doorewaard and Schutte's legal fees. AfriForum also brought in Barry Roux and now Gerrie Nel to represent the men.
Nel is also involved in two other cases for AfriForum against Duduzane Zuma and Ford Motors. As a result, Barry Roux will head up the Coligny appeal, Briefly.co.za learned.
Kriel expressed commitment to Doorewaard and Schutte's case, saying, "What we need to make sure is that justice is done, that people don't get to sit in jail if they are innocent, but also that the liar is held accountable."
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