COLIGNY UPDATE: Police fire rubber bullets at protesters

2017-05-08 12:03
People protest outside the Coligny Magistrate's Court. (Jeanette Chabalala, News24)

People protest outside the Coligny Magistrate's Court. (Jeanette Chabalala, News24)

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Coligny – Police have fired rubber bullets at protesters in Coligny, North West, in an effort to protect a farm from being attacked. Three houses were set alight in the town earlier on Monday after the magistrate's court granted bail to two farm workers accused of killing a teenager"

The visibly angry owner of a house that was torched earlier in the day pulled a gun on the media.

"Where is my pistol, where is my pistol", he shouted in Afrikaans while chasing journalists who were taking pictures. He then pulled the gun on journalists.  

A photographer was manhandled by the man and suffered a nose bleed.  A Netwerk24 photographer's camera was also smashed while trying to separate the two. Protesters set fire to the house following the ruling by Magistrate Magaola Foso.

"There is no link between the said witness evidence [of the alleged crime] and the two accused persons at this stage," Foso said.  They were granted bail of R5 000 each.

READ: Coligny accused get R5 000 bail

The court gallery was packed with reporters and members of the public, for the application of Pieter Doorewaard, 26, and Philip Schutte, 34. The pair allegedly caught Moshoeu, 16, stealing sunflowers on April 20. They claimed they were driving him to the local police station when he allegedly jumped off their bakkie and broke his neck.

Matlhomola Moshoeu's parents sat in the front row, accompanied by relatives.

READ: Coligny teen named 'Sorrow' laid to rest

Members of the community, including a large group of pupils protested outside court while police kept a close watch. 

News24's Jeanette Chabalala is in Coligny. Follow her tweets here

Read more on the protests here. Or follow our LIVE UPDATE

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