Pieter Doorewaard and Phillip Schutte accused of killing Matlhomola Mosweu in Coligny, North West, will know on Wednesday whether they are convicted or acquitted. Photo: Molaole Montsho

MAHIKENG: The two men accused of murdering 16-year-old Matlhomola Moshoeu will hear their fate at the North West High Court on Wednesday.

The court sitting in Mahikeng will hand down judgement on the murder case of Philip Schutte, 34, Pieter Doorewaard, 27,.

They are accused of murdering Moshoeu in Coligny on April 20, 2017.  He suffered a fatal fall from a moving bakkie. Doorewaard and Schutte have defended themselves, saying they caught the teenager stealing a sunflower on that day.

They have said he jumped off their bakkie while they were taking him to the police station.

They have pleaded not guilty to a number of charges that include murder, intimidation, kidnapping, theft, the unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition and pointing a firearm.

The two claim that their intention was to drive him to the police station, but he jumped off their bakkie along the way and broke his neck.

On the day of the incident the State’s final witness, advanced life support paramedic Itumeleng Ledikwa, said that emergency services had been notified that a child had fallen from a moving vehicle.

Ledikwa said that when paramedics arrived on the scene, Moshoeu was found bleeding from his nose and mouth.

Upon further examination, it was discovered that the teen had a fractured skull.

Moshoeu’s death led to violent protests in Coligny. Some residents believe that he was killed because he was black. Several houses and businesses were set alight and vandalised.

Doorewaard and Schutte are out on R5 000 bail each.