Coligny calm following a day of unrest

2017-05-09 11:05
The Coligny Magistrate's Court (Felix Dlangamandla/Netwerk24)

The Coligny Magistrate's Court (Felix Dlangamandla/Netwerk24)

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Coligny - The situation in Coligny was calm on Tuesday morning, following violent protests that saw four houses being set alight. 

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Police officers, farmers, businessmen and some community leaders were apparently in a meeting to discuss the way forward. 

They are expected to brief the community at a later stage. 

The town's main street, Voortrekker, was packed with members of the media while police patrolled the area. 

The N14 near Coligny was still littered with rocks and tyres. 

On Monday the Coligny Magistrate's Court granted bail to the two farm workers accused of killing a teenager, allegedly sparking violent protests in the area. 

They were granted bail of R5 000 each.

The court gallery was packed with reporters and members of the public, for the application of Pieter Doorewaard, 26, and Philip Schutte, 34.

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

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.

An eyewitness alleges he was pushed off. Some residents claimed he was killed because he was black, which apparently sparked the protests in the area.

Speaking to News24 on Tuesday morning, a school principal Stanny Monyakana said following the verdict, the parents were taken to be treated for high blood pressure at a clinic and later transferred to a doctor in Lichtenburg.

"He (the father) was very devastated. This thing is going to take them time... It's not going to heal overnight,'' said Monyakana.

He said they had requested the family to rest at home.

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