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Mom of murdered Coligny teen still devastated by his death

Agnes Moshoeu told the court that her son, who was one of seven children, didn't have to die for sunflowers.

Agnes Moshoeu, mother of slain 16-year-old Mathlomola Moshoeu, appears in the North West High Court in Mahikeng on 29 January 2019 for the sentencing of Philip Schutte and Pieter Doorewaard. Picture: Abigail Javier/EWN

COLIGNY, North West – The mother of Coligny teenager Matlhomola Moshoeu has told the High Court in the North West that she's still deeply hurt and devastated by her son's murder.

Last year, the court found Pieter Doorewaard and Phillip Schutte guilty of pushing Moshoeu off a moving vehicle back in 2017 after they accused him of stealing sunflowers from a farm.

The 16-year old's death triggered racial tensions in the small farming town which saw angry residents set homes and businesses belonging to white people alight.

Agnes Moshoeu is the State's third witness in the pre-sentencing proceedings.

An emotional Agnes broke down in court shortly after she took the stand.

She told the court that her son, who was one of seven children, didn't have to die for sunflowers.

When asked about how her son's death has affected her, the 16-year old's mother couldn’t hold back her tears.

She covered her face with her hand and started crying.

The judge adjourned the proceedings and Moshoeu is expected to continue with her testimony.

A religious leader who also testified, pleaded with the court to set a precedent when sentencing Doorewaard and Schutte.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)