Two Coligny Farmers Accused of Murder to Continue With Bail Application

Pablo Tucker
May 9, 2017

Pieter Doorewaard, 26, and Philip Schutte, 34, told the town's magistrate's court on Friday that they would be able to pay R20 000 bail.

Mujahid Safodien was attacked by a farmer in the Coligny protests.

Apartheid was a legal system of discrimination that existed in South Africa until the country's first democratic elections in 1994.

Pieter Doorewaard and Phillip Schutte were arrested on April 25 for Mosweu's death.

Local media report that the two farmers caught Mr Moshoeu stealing sunflowers on a farm near to the township where he lived, took him hostage and assaulted him. "It can not be allowed that members of society take the law into their own hands if they are not satisfied with the proceedings of a court of law, they should also face the consequences for their criminal actions".

Magistrate Magaola Foso said the farmers were granted bail because the witness had not yet confirmed whether Mosweu was the teenager he saw being thrown off the vehicle.

The teenager's cause of death is not yet known because the results of his autopsy report have not been handed over to the court.

"If the accused in the murder trail are found guilty they must face the consequences of their actions".

Meanwhile farmers in the area are said to be on high alert, anxious that they might become the next target as tensions continue.

"The situation is extremely explosive, and the FF Plus wants to again point out that a community has the right to defend itself and to protect its property, and this must be respected by everyone", says Dr. Groenewald.

Sanco North West secretary Packet Seaketso, says they will appeal against two North West farmers accused of murder granted bail.

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