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Residents, State to appeal bail decision for Coligny boy’s alleged killers

NW public safety MEC Mpho Motlhabane has told the community that they feel the decision to grant the men bail is unjust.

Coligny community members outraged as murder accused granted bail. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN.

COLIGNY - North West public safety MEC Mpho Motlhabane says community members, including the State, have decided to urgently appeal a court decision to grant bail to the two men accused of murdering Matlhomolo Moshoeu.

The MEC has met with Coligny community leaders and police officials to find a resolution to the violent protests that erupted soon after the decision to release the murder accused on Monday.

The two have been charged with killing the 16-year-old by throwing him out of a bakkie; the men say he jumped from the vehicle.

Motlhabane has told the community that they feel the decision to grant the men bail is unjust.

The MEC says the state is unhappy with the court's decision.

“As government, we must indicate that we are not happy with the decision. And as a result, we must appeal it internally. But there are other people who want to appeal the decision as well because they are not happy with the decision. I’m also told the family is preparing to appeal that decision.”

He has appealed to community members to stop the protest in the light of the government's decision.

Motlhabane has also asked residents to allow their children to return to school on Wednesday.

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)