Mahikeng - The police were under pressure to make arrests following the death of Coligny teenager Matlhomola Mosweu, the North West High Court heard on Wednesday.
North West provincial head of Organised Crime, Brigadier Clifford Kgorane conceded under cross examination that the police were under pressure from the community.
"The police were under pressure... there were violent protests, houses were burnt - do you remember that? Is it that pressure that led you to change an inquest docket to murder, would it be fair to say you were under pressure to arrest the accused?" defence lawyer Pieter Smit asked him.
"I changed the docket to murder not due to the pressure from the community, but after interviewing the witness and reading his statement," Kgorane replied.
Kgorane was testifying for the state in the murder trial of Pieter Doorewaard and Phillip Schutte who have been accused of killing 16-year-old Motlhomola Mosweu.