New appeal for Coligny killers

File: Pieter Doorewaard and Phillip Schutte were found guilty of killing teenager Matlhomola Moshoeu.

File: Pieter Doorewaard and Phillip Schutte were found guilty of killing teenager Matlhomola Moshoeu.

 
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JOHANNESBURG - Two Coligny farmworkers convicted of murder have been allowed to appeal their matter.

Pieter Doorewaard and Phillip Schutte were found guilty of killing teenager Matlhomola Moshoeu.

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The North West High Court sentenced them to 18 and 23 years in prison respectively.

Their lawyers directly petitioned the Supreme Court of Appeal to overturn the conviction and sentence.

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Doorewaard and Schutte claimed Moshoeu jumped out of a moving van after they caught him stealing sunflower heads at a farm in Coligny.

The 16-year-old's death sparked mass violent protests in 2017, with angry residents torching homes, trucks and looting shops there.

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