Coligny sunflower case postponed

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The trial of the two murder-accused in the so-called Coligny sunflower case did not continue in the North West High Court in Mahikeng. One of the witnesses fell ill.

The defence was supposed to continue with their cross-examination of Bonakele Pakisi. He alleges he saw 15-year-old Mathlomola Mosweu of Coligny, being thrown from a moving bakkie on 20 April 2017.

The teenager died later that day. His death sparked violent protests in the rural town.

Pieter Doorewaard and Phillip Schutte are being charged with the murder.

Pakisi delivered an emotional testimony on Wednesday, saying that he was kidnapped by the men after he saw them manhandling Mosweu that he was forced to drink alcohol to the point of vomiting, and that he had been shot it.

The defence started cross-examining him on Thursday, and pointed out some discrepancies in Wednesday’s testimony and the content of two of his sworn statements.

Pakisi was back on the witness stand on Friday, but said he felt feverish, and that his depression medication was finished.

He requested time to recuperate, and the trial was consequently postponed to Monday. Doorewaard and Schutte are out on bail of R5 000 each.