Al­leged killers of black teenager in the dock

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS -

TWO MEN ac­cused of killing a teenage boy ap­peared briefly in the Coligny Mag­is­trate’s Court in North West yes­ter­day.

The case against Pi­eter Doore­waard, 26, and Phillip Schutte, 34, was post­poned to Au­gust 7 for a de­ci­sion by the Di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tions.

Mag­is­trate Mattheus van Log­geren­berg, who re­cused him­self for safety rea­sons in April, presided over the case yes­ter­day.

The two are ac­cused of killing Matl­ho­mola Jonas Mosweu, 16, on April 20 at Scot­land in­for­mal set­tle­ment in Coligny af­ter ac­cus­ing him of steal­ing sun­flow­ers from their em­ployer’s field. The two claimed they put Mosweu at the back of a van, in­tend­ing to take him to the po­lice, but, ac­cord­ing to them, he jumped out of the mov­ing ve­hi­cle and in­jured his neck.

How­ever, a wit­ness said Mosweu was thrown out of the mov­ing van. He died on his way to hos­pi­tal.

The men are fac­ing charges of mur­der and at­tempted mur­der for al­legedly killing Mosweu and shoot­ing a wit­ness.

Mosweu’s death trig­gered vi­o­lent com­mu­nity protests that left a trail of de­struc­tion in the small maize-grow­ing town and di­vided the com­mu­nity. Six houses and three trucks were set alight and sev­eral shops looted and dam­aged.

Yes­ter­day, EFF mem­bers chanted “Kill the boer, kill the farmer” as the two left court.

Mosweu’s fa­ther, Sakkie Din­gake, said he wanted the mat­ter to be fi­nalised as quickly as pos­si­ble.

He con­stantly asked the ac­cused to hold their heads up, be­fore the court pro­ceed­ing started. “Hold your head up, why are you hiding?” he asked them.

In court, Din­gake and his wife, Agnes Mosweu, were seated di­ag­o­nally op­po­site the ac­cused’s fam­ily.

On Thurs­day, the North West High Court set aside the State’s ap­pli­ca­tion to ap­peal mag­is­trate Mak­gaola Foso’s de­ci­sion to grant Doore­waard and Schutte each R5 000 bail.

Hold your heads up. Why are you hiding?

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