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Case against men accused of killing Coligny boy postponed

The pair appeared before the court on charges of murder and attempted murder after their arrest on Tuesday night.

FILE: The wreckage of a vehicle which was set alight lies next to the road just outside of Coligny in the North West following protests in the area over the death of a young boy. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Coligny magistrates court has postponed the case of the two men arrested for the murder of a boy in Coligny in the North West.

The two appeared before the court on Friday morning on charges of murder and attempted murder after their arrest on Tuesday night.

Residents of the small town demonstrated on Tuesday, looting shops, burning houses and calling for the arrest of a farmer linked to the murder.

Coligny residents say while they are satisfied with the arrest of the farmer, they are not pleased with the postponement of the case.

“We are not happy at all but it is promising that justice it taking its course.”

Community members sang struggle songs and demonstrated outside court as the case proceeded inside.

The National Prosecuting Authority's Frank Lesenyego says the case has been postponed to May.

“They are facing attempted murder and murder charges. The case has been postponed to 9 May 2017 for a formal bail application. They will remain in custody.”

Police say despite calls for the family of the boy to come forward, no one has claimed the deceased yet.

North West police say the boy was not registered at any of the local schools.

The NPA says the boy was allegedly murdered after he stole sunflowers from the farmer's property.

But the farmer claims the boy jumped from his vehicle while he was taking him to a police station.

The police's Sabatha Mokgwabone says they have engaged with local principals to help find the boy's family, but have not succeeded.

“We have engaged those around Coligny in our endeavours to ensure we get the identity of the boy and we have not succeeded. But we do have plans to engage local farmers as soon as possible.”

Police discovered the boy's name and surname written on his shoe but even families with his surname in the area could not recognise him.

Mokgwabone says investigations continue.

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)