RUSTENBURG June 6 – The trial against two North West farmer workers, arrested in connection with the murder of a teenage boy in Coligny, is expected to resume in the North West High Court in Mafikeng on Wednesday.
Pieter Doorewaard, 26, and Phillip Schutte, 34 are facing charges of murder, intimidation, kidnapping, unlawful possession of firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, theft and pointing of a firearm.
The State alleges the two killed Matlhomola Jonas Mosweu, 16, on April 20, 2017, at the Scotland informal settlement in Coligny after accusing him of stealing sunflower from their employer’s field.
They claim they put Mosweu at the back of a van intending to take him to the police but, he jumped out of the moving van and injured his neck. He died on his way to hospital.
The State further charged that the two intimidated, kidnapped and stole the cellphone of Bonakele Pakisi, an eyewitness in case. He was also pointed with a firearm.
Mosweu’s death triggered violent mass protest that left a trail of destruction in the small maize growing town and divided the community into racial groups.
At least six houses and three trucks were set alight and several shops looted and damaged.
Doorewaard and Schutte had pleaded not guilty.