SOUTH AFRICA – Town hit by riots after white farmers get bail

CAPE TOWN – Riots have hit a small town in South Africa after a magistrate granted bail to two white farmers accused of murdering a 16-year-old black boy.

Anger erupted in the maize producing town of Coligny, after residents learned that the two suspects had been freed on Monday.

Three houses were torched and white-owned shops looted.

Houses were torched and white-owned businesses were targeted.

The violence over the death highlights prevailing racial tensions in parts of post-apartheid South Africa.

Apartheid was a legal system of discrimination that existed in South Africa until the country’s first democratic elections in 1994.

Pieter Doorewaad and Phillip Schutte allegedly assaulted Matlhomola Moshoeu and then threw him out of a moving car.

Local media report that the two farmers caught Mr Moshoeu stealing sunflowers on a farm near to the township where he lived, took him hostage and assaulted him.

They, however, say he jumped off a truck as they were taking him to the police.

Magistrate Magaola Foso told the court that he was aware that the case had led to increased tensions in the area, but said he could not have an emotional response, the AFP news agency reports.

“There is no link between the said witness evidence and the two [accused] persons at this stage,” AFP quotes the magistrate as saying.

The teenager’s cause of death is not yet known because the results of his autopsy report have not been handed over to the court.

Journalists who were covering the violence were allegedly attacked by the owners of properties targeted by the rioters. They were accused of inciting violence by covering the events.

Meanwhile farmers in the area are said to be on high alert, worried that they might become the next target as tensions continue. The police say they are monitoring the situation.

The two men are due back in court on 26 June. 

Source: (BBC)

3 Responses to SOUTH AFRICA – Town hit by riots after white farmers get bail

  1. Jennifer May 9, 2017 at 6:59 am

    That is what we need, that good old time religion of Moses. An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. All sympathy for this brother who lost his life.

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  2. Othneal May 9, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    What has changed since the Apartheid era. If the answer to this question is “nothing” then Apartheid still exists in South Africa.
    In the old days they would say that the young men had jumped from fifth floor Windows of Police station, when in fact they had been pushed to their deaths. Now it is,”he jumped from a moving lorry”. What has changed apart from terminology.
    Nelson Mandela’s Truth and Conciliation travesty emboldened the white invaders to continue to look on native South Africans as of little value except as beasts of burden. Native South Africans continue to be sold out by inept leaders. The whites continue to laugh sadisticly.

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  3. Jennifer May 9, 2017 at 8:07 pm

    @Othneal – well said, Make no mistake this situation is generalized. Every skin teet ain’t no laugh. MLK should never have pushed for any integration either. Truly a Travesty. And neither should our past governments either. Today we would have our own planes, cruise lines, insurance companies, corporations, hotels, gas stations, trains etc. Truly united as a people. We do not even have a pot to pi$$ in. Instead all today we still trying to link in with a people who hate our guts, and when you have to defend your people they say you are racist. Of course, I am for my own people first of all and anyone else after. Thank you.

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