Pieter Doorewaard and Phillip Schutte. FILE PHOTO: ANA

Rustenburg - Two North West farmers, accused of killing a schoolboy, are expected to appear in the Coligny Magistrate's Court on Friday.

Pieter Doorewaard, 26, and Phillip Schutte, 34, are accused of killing 16-year-old Matlhomola Jonas Mosweu on April 20, at Scotland informal settlement in Coligny. 

The men claim that after they caught Mosweu stealing sunflower from their employer's fields they put him at the back of their bakkie with the intention of taking him to the police. It is their contention that the schoolboy jumped out of the moving pickup truck and injured his neck. 

Mosweu died on his way to hospital.

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Soon after the incident an eyewitness told the police that Mosweu was thrown out of a moving van.

Apart from murder charges related to Mosweu's death, the pair also face a charge of attempted murder for allegedly shooting at an eyewitness. 

Mosweu's death triggered violent mass protest that left a trail of destruction in the small maize growing town and divided the community along racial lines. At least six houses and three trucks were set alight and several shops looted and damaged.

Doorewaard and Schutte are out on R5 000 bail each.

African News Agency