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Coligny boy can now be laid to rest

It took North West police almost two weeks to find the family of Faki Mosweu, whose death triggered violent demonstrations in the area.

FILE: A police officer searches the area outside a looted liquor store in Coligny in the North West on 25 April 2017 after protests in the town over the death of a young boy. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

Editor's note: An earlier version of this article stated that the boy was 12 year's old based on information from police, who have since clarified that he was 16.

JOHANNESBURG – A dignified funeral can now be held for the 16-year-old Coligny boy who was killed last month, allegedly by farmers.

It took North West police almost two weeks to find the family of Faki Mosweu, whose death triggered violent demonstrations by community members demanding arrests.

On Friday two men appeared in the Coligny magistrates court on murder charges.

Local principal Stanley Mnyakama helped police identify the boy.

Ward councillor Jonny Leteane said the family have positively identified the child as Faki Mosweu.

“We just heard that the parent has been found so we went there and we talked to her, and it’s true that she is the parent.”

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

WATCH: Coligny locked in protest violence after child killed