- Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi is outraged at the latest development in the Coligny murder saga
- The Supreme Court of Appeal recently overturned the conviction of two men accused of killing a teen over a sunflower
- Lesufi has demanded that the NPA should do the right thing, in his opinion, and appeal
Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has expressed his anger after the Supreme Court of Appeal had overturned the conviction of two farmers accused of the Coligny murder.
The two men had been sentenced for the high-profile murder of the teen who had allegedly picked a sunflower on a farm in the North West.
Last week saw the Supreme Court letting both Phillip Schutte and Pieter Doorewaard off the hook.
While addressing the media this past weekend, Lesufi had touched on the subject, saying that he is angry over the ordeal. The MEC had highlighted that a life had been lost and a court had found the two men guilty, adamant that the sentence should be reviewed.
The MEC had called upon the National Prosecuting Authority to appeal this conviction:
“That child did not kill himself. Therefore we must not be dictated by racists who believe lives of black children are not important. Here is a child, 16 year-old, murdered and we must be told no-one must be found guilty, that it was innocent, it happened. It cannot be.”
Lesufi is adamant that he will be keeping a close eye on the case, commenting further that:
“There is a trend in this country where racists believe they can do as they please. They can go on top of police vans. They can undermine the law, go to court, intimidate the magistrate and do as they wish. That time is over.”
Taking to social media recently, the Red Berets boss had made his stance on the matter crystal clear:
"If the NPA is not appealing to the Constitutional Court, we will appeal it in the best interest of our people."
Doorewaard and Schutte had previously been sentenced to an effective 18 and 23 years in prison for the crime.
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