The wanton destruction of several homes is highly unacceptable. In an alarming and worrisome fashion, sparking up more tension in the country. Four houses have been burnt down and two severely damaged during protests in Coligny, following the release on bail of two farmers accused of killing a teenager.
Locals took to the streets of the farming town about an hour after Pieter Doorewaard, 26, and Philip Schutte, 34, were granted R5 000 bail each by the Coligny Magistrate’s Court.
Doorewaard and Schutte are accused of killing Matlhomola Mosweu, 16.
They claimed they caught him stealing sunflowers on April 20 and were driving him to the local police station when he allegedly jumped off their bakkie and broke his neck.
Police started firing rubber bullets at protesters who threw stones at police. It is not immediately clear how many protesters were involved.