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Cops, Coligny community members meet in bid to restore order

Protests broke out on the area after two men, who are accused of murdering a teenager, were granted bail.

Police outside the Coligny magistrates court on 8 May 2017. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN

COLIGNY - Police have met with community leaders in Coligny in an effort to restore order following violent protests on Monday.

Protests broke out after the local magistrates court granted bail to two men accused of murdering Matlhomola Moshoeu, a 16-year-old teenager. The teen allegedly stole sunflowers.

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Police say they’re happy with the outcome of Monday’s meeting with residents and will resume talks on Tuesday.

Spokesperson Sabatha Mokgwabone says: “We were pleased with the way the meeting was conducted and everyone was conducted. We hope to have another meeting today where members of the public may possibly be addressed.”

Mokgwabone adds community members need to understand the dynamics of the decision to grant the two farm workers bail.

“Part of the strategy is to go back to our communities so that they have an understanding of the decision taken by the court.”

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Magistrate Magaola Faso said the accused met the requirements for bail as they don’t have previous convictions and will not evade trial, among other reasons.

However, the North West National Prosecuting Authority says it respects the courts but the magistrate should have considered the public outcry.

Community members reacted to the bail decision by burning at least three houses, targeting farmers’ houses on Monday.

Meanwhile, officers have already been deployed to strategic locations in case protests break out again.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)