SCA sets aside case against duo convicted of Coligny teen Moshoeu’s murder
Last year, Pieter Doorewaard and Philip Schutte were sentenced to 23 years behind bars, respectively, in the North West High Court in Mahikeng.
Last year, Pieter Doorewaard and Philip Schutte were sentenced to 18 and 23 years behind bars, respectively, in the North West High Court in Mahikeng.
Moshoeu was thrown from a moving vehicle after being accused of stealing a sunflower from a farm.
Schutte and Doorewaard were found guilty of murder, kidnapping, intimidation and pointing a firearm.
AfriForum appealed the pair's conviction, arguing the state's sole witness lied under oath.
Spokesperson Kallie Kriel, said, “The SCA found that they are not guilty of any of the charges against them but from the outside, we are not surprised about this. When the state’s only witness testified, it was clear - when you look at the facts – that he was lying.”
He added the group were not surprised by the ruling.
“Of course, it is a tragedy that the boy died; but even if it is a tragedy, we cannot have innocent men sitting in jail because that won’t solve the tragedy that we see.”
Moshoeu’s death triggered racial tensions in the small farming town with angry residents torching homes and businesses belonging to white people in the are.
Kriel described the decision in the so-called sunflower case as a victory for justice and said the group felt vindicated by the judgment.
It's not yet clear whether the state will appeal this latest judgment.