Lesufi urges NPA to appeal against ‘sunflower’ murder acquittal

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12 June 2014 Gauteng MEC for Education, Panyaza Lesufi talks about his plans during an interview with Sowetan. Pic: Vathiswa Ruselo Sowetan/Sunday World
Gauteng education MEC Panyaza Lesufi said he was angered by the decision of the Supreme Court of Appeal, which set aside the conviction of two farmers for the murder of teenager Matlhomola Mosweu in 2017.
Image: Vathiswa Ruselo/Sowetan

Gauteng education MEC Panyaza Lesufi on Sunday expressed anger that the Supreme Court of Appeal had overturned the conviction and sentence of two farmers who were convicted of killing a teenager in a high-profile case in Coligny, in the North West.

The two farmers, Phillip Schutte and Pieter Doorewaard, were convicted of killing Matlhomola Mosweu in April 2017, after he was allegedly caught stealing sunflower heads. But they are now off the hook after Friday’s Supreme Court ruling.

Lesufi was addressing the media on the online registration for admissions to schools in the province, where he announced that more than 41,000 pupils of the 222,000 who had applied to register for grades 1 and 8 next year are still waiting to be placed in schools.

However, at the same briefing, Lesufi — not speaking in his capacity as MEC — raised the matter of the acquittal of Phillip Schutte and Pieter Doorewaard.

“I am very angry. A life was lost and the (high) court found two gentlemen guilty for a loss of life. And if the court erred and there is a need for the sentence to be reviewed … it means it must be challenged.”