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Coligny residents celebrate guilty verdict in Matlhomola Moshoeu's murder case

Pieter Doorewaard and Philip Schutte have also been convicted of other crimes including kidnapping, intimidation, theft and pointing a firearm.

Sakie Dingake, father of 16-year-old Mathlomola Moshoeu who was killed by two Coligny men Pieter Doorewaard and Philip Schutte. Picture: Abigail Javier/EWN.

MAHIKENG - The community of Coligny in the North West is celebrating on Wednesday evening after two men were found guilty of murdering 16-year-old Matlhomola Moshoeu.

Pieter Doorewaard and Philip Schutte have also been convicted of other crimes including kidnapping, intimidation, theft and pointing a firearm.

The pair pushed Moshoeu off a moving van last year after he was caught stealing sunflowers.

Moshoeu's murder sparked racial tensions in the small farming town with residents setting businesses owned by white people on fire.

There was jubilation in the courtroom shortly after Judge Ronald Hendricks found Doorewaard and Schutte guilty of killing Moshoeu.

One community member said: “We are happy that Matlhomola has finally got justice, we are very happy”

Hendricks found the two men intentionally pushed the 16-year-old off their van and that they foresaw the outcome of their actions but continued regardless.

Moshoeu’s parents were also in court to witness Wednesday’s judgment.

Doorewaard and Schutte will find out on Thursday how long they will spend time behind bars when sentencing proceedings get underway.

WATCH: Coligny duo found guilty of murdering 16-year-old

(Edited by Thapelo Lekabe)