JOHANNESBURG - A legal team led by Advocate Barry Roux will be petitioning the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein directly for leave to appeal the convictions of Pieter Doorewaard and Phillip Schutte for killing Coligny teenager, Matlhomola Moshoeu, AfriForum said on Thursday.
This follows the North West High Court's refusal early Thursday to grant the duo leave to appeal.
Chief executive Kallie Kriel said his organisation had not expected the court to grant leave to appeal because the judge would have found it "difficult to admit having made a serious blunder" in his initial decision to find the two men guilty of murder.
AfriForum says a witness has admitted that he lied to the court by accusing Doorewaard and Schutte of killing the 16-year-old.
"AfriForum will finance the two men’s legal costs to petition the highest court of appeal to ensure that justice is done and prevent innocent people from being wrongly imprisoned.