Two arrested for 12-year-old boy's death in Coligny

2017-04-26 11:36
One of the trucks set alight during the protests. (Supplied: Dr Herman Meyer)

One of the trucks set alight during the protests. (Supplied: Dr Herman Meyer)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Mahikeng – Two people have been arrested in connection with the death of a 12-year-old boy in Coligny, which was apparently the reason for violent protests in the area, the North West premier said on Wednesday.

"The community of Coligny has since the killing of the child been agitated as they believe the incident is racist," Premier Supra Mahumapelo said in a statement.

Police spokesperson Sabata Mokgwabone told News24 the two, aged 26 and 33, were charged with murder and are expected to appear in the Coligny Magistrate's Court on Friday.

Residents claimed a farmer assaulted the boy after finding him in his maize field on Friday, City Press reported on Tuesday.

Mahumapelo called for calm in the Ditsobotla local municipality and assured residents that law and order would be maintained.

His statement was issued after shops were looted, and three houses, trucks and a tractor, and an armoured police vehicle were set alight in Coligny and Lichtenburg since protests started.

In Lichtenburg on Friday, a truck carrying 38 000 chicks was set alight.

Task team set up

Mahumapelo said he had set up a task team to attend to the situation in the municipality. It was being led by education MEC Sello Lehari, the leader of government business in the province.

Police said Coligny, Lichtenburg and Itsoseng were relatively calm on Wednesday morning.

"It is still quiet. We are still maintaining presence at the affected places," Colonel Sabata Mokgwabone said.

People earlier broke into a building belonging to irrigation equipment supplier Agrico, in Lichtenburg, between 19:30 and 20:00 on Tuesday. He said they took four tyres out of the building and set them alight.

Police and the fire brigade were called and the building was not damaged.

Mahumapelo asked protesters to give government officials an opportunity to get to the bottom of their concerns. He urged protesters to refrain from violent and criminal activity which could "hinder growth and development".

Read more on:    mahikeng  |  service delivery  |  crime  |  protests

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Competition regulation for a growing and inclusive economy

ADVERTORIAL: The Competition Commission of South Africa is conducting advocacy work in the South African automotive aftermarket industry and has gazetted a Draft Code of Conduct for public comment.


Man scores date with tennis superstar after Twitter bet

It’s a modern day Cinderella story, but one American man took ‘shoot your shot’ seriously in 2017.


You won't want to miss...

Who are the highest paid models of 2017?
10 gorgeous plus-sized models who aren't Ashley Graham
5 top leg exercises for men
10 best dressed men of 2017
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.