Pieter Doorewaard and Phillip Schutte have been convicted of killing Matlhomola Mosweu in Coligny, North West File photo: Molaole Montsho / ANA

Mahikeng - Two men convicted of killing a teenage boy in Coligny cut lone figures in the North West High Court in Mahikeng on Thursday, as they waited for sentencing proceedings to start.

Dressed in dark suits, Pieter Doorewaaard, 27, and Phillip Schutte, 34, bowed their heads in an attempt to avoid photographers.

They were found guilty of killing Matlhomola Mosweu, 16, on Wednesday.

Judge Ronnie Hendricks also found them guilty of kidnapping, intimidation, theft and pointing of a firearm.

Mosweu, 16, of Scotland informal settlement in Tlhabologang near Coligny died on April 20, 2017 after he was pushed from a moving van. The pair maintained that they caught Mosweu and another teenager stealing sunflower heads from their employer's sunflower plantation at Rietvlei farm about three kms away from Coligny. 

They claimed they intended taking Mosweu to the police station, but that he died after jumping off their moving van.

The state alleged the murder was premeditated.

The accused's legal teams were expected to present mitigating factors before Judge Hendricks on Thursday.

Community members, including Economic Freedom Fighters members in their red party regalia, packed the public gallery.

Violent protests erupted in the town after Mosweu was killed and only abated when the pair was arrested on April 25. The protests left a trail of destruction in Coligny - six houses and three trucks were set alight and several shops were looted and damaged.

African News Agency/ANA