‘Coligny Two’ granted leave to appeal

Staff Writer | Aug 11, 2019
Pieter Doorewaard and Phillip Schutte, convicted of the 2017 murder of teenager Matlhomola Moshoeu, have been granted special leave to appeal directly to the Supreme Court of Appeals (SCA).

The successful petition to the SCA was made after Judge Ronnie Hendricks of the North West High Court refused them leave to appeal. 

Hendricks had found Doorewaard and Schutte guilty of murdering Moshoeu, who was allegedly caught by the pair stealing sunflowers, by repeatedly throwing him off the back of a truck.

Many questions have been raised about the basis of the conviction, with claims that Judge Hendricks ignored key evidence, and relied on the evidence of a man, Bonakele Pakisi, who claimed to have been an eyewitness but who, after the trial, confessed to four different people that he had lied to the court. Pakisi had testified that he saw Doorewaard and Schutte murdering the teenager.

AfriForum funded Doorewaard and Schutte’s appeal application. The organisation’s CEO, Kallie Kriel, said AfriForum would fund the rest of the two men’s appeal process to ensure that justice prevailed and to prevent innocent people from ending up in jail.

‘I am confident that the two men’s conviction of murder will be set aside based on the available evidence,’ he said.

Kriel said it was important to hold people accountable ‘who spread lies to create racial tension and a false cloud of “racism” around innocent people’.

‘Just like the lives of Doorewaard and Schutte were destroyed, we also saw how racial agitators turned the life of the competent teacher Elana Barkhuizen on its head through their lies and misrepresentations. The time has come for the destructive work of liars and racial agitators to be opposed.’

The IRR conducted extensive research into the Coligny matter, most recently reflected in the article by Gabriel Crouse on Politicsweb.

The IRR has repeatedly expressed concern that the judgment may have been influenced by political considerations arising from the violent protests that occurred when the two men were arrested.

 

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