May 25, 2018


‘Accident exploited for political reasons’

The death of 17-year-old Matlhomola Mosweu, who died when he had allegedly jumped from a farmer’s moving van in Coligny in North West is a tragic accident, Solidarity Movement said yesterday.

Solidarity Movement chairperson Flip Buys said the accident has since been exploited for political agendas by people who do not live in the town and have been bussed in, leaving in its wake crime and looting.

“A contingency plan is in place should further violence continue following the court ruling,” said Buys in a statement.

“At this stage, the police and the community are preventing access to external troublemakers who want to instigate matters in undesirable ways.”

He said the predominant feeling that emerges from the many interviews held with members of the community was that the two men were innocent and what had happened was an accident.

“The law must take its course and members of the public should refrain from passing judgment and finding the men guilty in the media,” Buys said.

“Whoever commits murder, be it white on black or black on white, deserves a life sentence. We are, however, of the opinion that this incident is an example of the double standards that apply in South Africa at the moment given that the two persons involved happen to be Afrikaans males.”

A petition signed by over 100 residents was handed in court this week in support of the two murder accused to be granted bail and have charges against them withdrawn.

The South African Civic Organisation (Sanco) on Wednesday slammed the petition as “racism in action”. – African News Agency

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