The Economic Freedom Fighters has called on the State to appeal the decision of the Coligny Magistrate’s Court to grant bail to two men accused of killing a teenager.
“The granting of bail to the two white farmers, Pieter Doorewaard and Phillip Schutte, must be seen as the reason community confidence has been uprooted in the rule of law,” EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said on Monday evening.
Locals took to the streets of the farming town about an hour after Doorewaard, 26, and Schutte, 34, were granted R5 000 bail each by the Coligny Magistrate’s Court.
Doorewaard and Schutte are accused of killing Matlhomola Mosweu, 16.
They claimed they caught him stealing sunflowers on April 20 and were driving him to the local police station when he allegedly jumped off their bakkie and broke his neck.
According to Ndlozi, Mosweu’s death sparked protests in Coligny in the previous week that saw the wrath of the community members demand justice for the brutal murder of the boy.
“These protests, following the bail being granted have now escalated to the torching of the farmer’s house and two other houses in the area.”
Ndlozi said during Fees Must Fall, many student activists who were fighting for access to education were denied bail.
“Many of these activists were black, with no criminal records, and were not accused of serious crimes like murder. Yet, white men, accused of serious crimes like murder and attempted murder are given cheap bail,” he said.