SCA overturns Coligny murder accused conviction

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AfriForum have successfully managed to free two murder convicts who were accused of killing a 16 years old boy Mahlomola Mosweu from Coligny who was accused of stealing a sunflower.

Pieter Doorewaard and Phillip Schutte were initially found guilty and sentenced in 2018 but AfriForum vowed to stand by them after they maintained their innocence throughout the trial.

Judge Ronald Hendricks found them guilty of kidnapping, murder, theft and pointing of firearm after it was heard in court that they pushed Mosweu out of a moving van after they found him stealing sunflower heads worth R80 at their employer’s field at Rietvlei farm near Scotland informal settlement.

They were acquitted by the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) on Friday after the only witness, Bonakele Pakisi, to the incident was discredited and accused of lying.

To which Pakisi said that he was set up and sold out by people he trusted. He said they made him read out a statement which said he lied about the statement he made about the two accused.

He said they bought him alcohol and made him read out the statement when he was drunk and they only edited out the part where he said he lied about the statement to discredit him.

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