OVERVIEW: Community wanted for police to act in #Coligny 'everybody should play their roles' says witness

2019-01-28 11:12

Coligny murder convicted sentencing gets under way in the North West High Court.

Farm workers Pieter Doorewaard and Phillip Schutte
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28 Jan 15:34
The matter adjourns until tomorrow at 10:00.

28 Jan 15:33
Smit is done with cross- examination. Mnyakama is excused.

28 Jan 15:29
Mnyakama says what the community wanted was for the police to act. He says he is happy no one was killed during protests.

28 Jan 15:29

28 Jan 15:06
Mnyakama: This issue was taken as a racial issue. High risk security was moving around town. At one stage our lives were threatened. @J_chabalala

28 Jan 14:55

Smit: Would you consider what people did (burning houses and looting) as being part of struggle for justice?

Mnyakama: There were innocent people who were affected by the whole thing. @J_chabalala


28 Jan 14:53

Mnyakama: Those who were in court will tell you that the moment the accused were granted bail "it spread like fire".

He says houses were set alight and people played with a coffin. @J_chabalala


28 Jan 14:45

Smit: Would you say the looting of shops was part of the revenge the community spoke about?

Mnyakama: I said to you that it was for the first time in Coligny that people would go into town and do what they did. @J_chabalala


28 Jan 14:41
Mnyakama: A person is killed, no action taken and community said if things don't happen then they will revenge. @J_chabalala

28 Jan 14:41

Smit: As I understand your evidence the people were angry at the police for not making an arrest - is that correct?

Mnyakama says he wouldn't say the issue was the police but there were suspects but no arrest. @J_chabalala


28 Jan 14:36
Mnyakama says after Matlhomola was killed school teachers were told to check their registers to see if anyone was missing. @J_chabalala

28 Jan 14:32
#Coligny: We are back after lunch adjournment. Advocate Smit for Schutte continues with cross-examination. @J_chabalala

28 Jan 13:17

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28 Jan 13:17

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28 Jan 13:16

28 Jan 13:01
Proceedings adjourn until 14:15. @J_chabalala

28 Jan 12:52

Smit: You met Mr Pakisi (eyewitness) for the first time at the sports field on Sunday?

Mnyakama: Yes. @J_chabalala


28 Jan 12:51
Advocate Pieter Smit, for Schutte now cross examines Mnyakama. @J_chabalala

28 Jan 12:42

Judge Hendricks: Is the situation still volatile in Coligny?

Mnyakama: It is still volatile but it has calmed down. @J_chabalala


28 Jan 12:37
Mnyakama: Personally I feel South Africa needs everybody. @J_chabalala

28 Jan 12:34
Mnyakama repeats: "There are some white (people) who are working with some of the blacks trying to reunite this community." @J_chabalala

28 Jan 12:33

Mnyakama says the community wanted to revenge.

"People were coming to us and saying can you intervene... and on Monday people took the law into their own hands." @J_chabalala


28 Jan 12:29
Mnyakama: #Coligny was a banana Republic. People would come and go. The town was a mess. @J_chabalala

28 Jan 12:28
Mnyakama says as a community member, Mathlomola's father knew that a boy was killed but he didn't know it was his son. @J_chabalala

28 Jan 12:27

WATCH: How the family of the Coligny teen was found


28 Jan 12:25

'I was about to give up but finally I found his family' - Coligny teen identified

"I had searched everywhere – I was desperate and I was about to give up but finally I found his family," said primary school principal Stanny Mnyakama.


28 Jan 12:22

Mnyakama says when he searched for Matlhomola's family - he was assisted by a young girl - he then managed to find the boy's father at a church.

"The father was devastated." @J_chabalala


28 Jan 12:16
Mnyakama says even the police didn't know Matlhomola's family. @J_chabalala

28 Jan 12:13
Mnyamaka says it took him seven days to locate Matlhomola's family. @J_chabalala

28 Jan 12:13

Mnyakama says when Moshoeu was killed no one knew who he was.

"To be honest everyone in the community was asking: 'Who is this boy.'" @J_chabalala


28 Jan 12:12

Mmankhibidu Mosweu and Saki Dingake are seen during an interview about her painful life after the killers of her son were found guilty on November 27, 2018 in Coligny.  

The family of 16-year-old Matlhomola Mosweu are devastated that two Coligny farmworkers found guilty of killing their son want to spend the festive season outside jail. (Tiro Ramatlhatse, Gallo Images, Sowetan, file)


28 Jan 12:09

Mnyakama explains that before the protest in Coligny the suspects were known but not arrested.

"If there was a statement taken someone would have been arrested but nothing was done," he says. @J_chabalala


28 Jan 12:05

Mnyakama explains that he was approached by residents who told him that there had been no arrests following Moshoeu's death.

"Nothing was happening at the police station," he says. @J_chabalala


28 Jan 11:54
He says he was a councillor from 2002 until 2012. @J_chabalala

28 Jan 11:53
Mnyakama explains that he is a primary school principal and was a councillor for several years. @J_chabalala

28 Jan 11:51

Coligny case witness Bonakele Pakisi denies lying in court during an interview on January 19, 2019 in Coligny.  

Pakisi, who is the only eyewitness in the infamous Coligny murder trial against two white men convicted for throwing a teenager from a bakkie, reportedly admitted to lying when he testified against Pieter Doorewaard, and Phillip Schutte, who were found guilty of the murder of Matlhomola Moshoeu in April 2017. (Elizabeth Sejake, Gallo Images, Netwerk24, file)


28 Jan 11:47
Mnyakama: There are black and white people who are trying to unite the community. @J_chabalala

28 Jan 11:44
Mnyakama: What happened in #Coligny has affected the community. He says FNB closed its branch following protests. @J_chabalala

28 Jan 11:42

Paul Morule, a preacher from Mahikeng claims that Coligny case witness Bonakele Pakisi had admitted to him he had lied and that he could no longer stay silent about it on January 19, 2019 in Coligny.  

Pakisi, who is the only eyewitness in the infamous Coligny murder trial against two white men convicted for throwing a teenager from a bakkie, reportedly admitted to lying when he testified against Pieter Doorewaard, and Phillip Schutte, who were found guilty of the murder of Matlhomola Moshoeu in April 2017. (Elizabeth Sejake, Gallo Images, Netwerk24, file)


28 Jan 11:37
Mnyakama says he was "afraid" when he witnessed people's houses being set alight. He says he was also scared that people would get shot. "Some farmers were speading lies also in the town," he says. @J_chabalala

28 Jan 11:34
Mnyamaka says things got worse when the two men were granted bail. @J_chabalala

28 Jan 11:34
#Coligny: Advocate Rapula Molefe says State will lead three witnesses and no cameras allowed. Proceedings to kick off at 11:15 @J_chabalala

28 Jan 11:30
Mnyakama says Matlhomola Moshoeu's murder was reported to him on a Sunday and people were mobilising. "They told me that sunday if no one is arrested they will make the town small," he says. @J_chabalala

28 Jan 11:28
The State has called its first witness on the stand - community leader Stanny Mnyakama. He says the community of Coligny was "highly hurt by the incident". @J_chabalala

28 Jan 11:28
#Coligny judge Ronnie Hendricks has arrived - proceedings now underway @J_chabalala

28 Jan 11:18
WATCH: Two farm workers accused of killing Coligny teen found guilty

28 Jan 11:18

28 Jan 11:14

28 Jan 11:14
WATCH: Coligny key witness says he heard child screaming - 'mommy please help, I'm dying'

28 Jan 11:14

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