The Economic Freedom Fighters reacted to the granting of bail to the two white farmers involved in the Coligny murder case wondering why whites are always handed cheap bail in the country.
The white farmers accused in the Coligny murder case were each granted R5000 bail by the Coligny Magistrate Court. The case involved the murder of 16-year-old Matlhomola Mosweu.
Pieter Doorewaard and Phillip Schutte – contended that they caught Mosweu stealing sunflowers from a plantation, and was taking him to the police station when he jumped off the moving bakkie which resulted in his death, an eyewitness related that one of the farmers pushed the deceased off the moving vehicle.
EFF said the granting of bail to Doorewaard and Schutte must be seen as the reason for mob justice.
“…Community confidence has been uprooted in the rule of law. Mosweu’s death sparked protests in Coligny in the previous week that saw the wrath of the community members demand justice for the brutal murder of the 16-year-old young man.
“These protests, following the bail being granted, have now escalated to the torching of the farmer’s house and two other houses in the area,” EFF lamented.
Malema’s party reminded South Africans that students who participated in the Fees Must Fall protests to fight for access to education were denied bail.
“Many of these activists were black, with no criminal records, and were not accused of serious crimes like murder. Yet, white men, accused of serious crimes like murder and attempted murder are given cheap bail,” stated the party.
With that, EFF upheld that SA courts must be blamed for the violence in Coligny. They have failed to uphold justice. “It is these lower court’s incompetence that must be blamed for the community taking the law into their hands,” asserted the Fighters.