Two Coligny white farmers who were found guilty of killing Matlhomola Mosweu will know their fate in January.
The matter was postponed for sentencing until next year, January 28.
Pieter Doorewaaard (27) and Phillip Schutte (34) were found guilty of killing Matlhomola Mosweu (16) on Wednesday and their bail was revoked.
Judge Ronnie Hendricks also found them guilty of kidnapping, intimidation, theft and pointing of a firearm.
Mosweu, 16, of Scotland informal settlement in Tlhabologang near Coligny died on April 20, 2017 after he was pushed from a moving van. The pair maintained that they caught Mosweu and another teenager stealing sunflower heads from their employer’s sunflower plantation at Rietvlei farm about three kms away from Coligny.
They claimed they intended taking Mosweu to the police station, but that he died after jumping off their moving van.
The state alleged the murder was premeditated.
The accused’s legal teams were expected to present mitigating factors before Judge Hendricks on Thursday.
Community members, including Economic Freedom Fighters members in their red party regalia, packed the public gallery.
Violent protests erupted in the town after Mosweu was killed and only abated when the pair was arrested on April 25. The protests left a trail of destruction in Coligny – six houses and three trucks were set alight and several shops were looted and damaged.
Murder accused Phillip Schutte and Pieter Doorewaard will spent tonight in jail. The two were found guilty of killing Coligny teenager Matlhomola Mosweu after they allegedly caught him stealing sunflower. They were found guilty in the North West High Court.