Government to build a house for the slain Coligny teenager’s family

Ditsobotla mayor Daniel Buthelezi during the sod turning ceremony for Matlhomola Mosweu's family house in Coligny. The house is expected to be completed by December Photo: Stringer/ANA

The Ditsobotla municipality mayor says the house will be a symbol of healing for the troubled town.

The family of slain Coligny teenager will have a house by the end of the year, the Ditsobotla municipality said on Thursday.

“We are not bribing them, we are in a healing process. The size of the house is not yet determined,” Mayor Daniel Buthelezi said at the sod-turning ceremony of the house in Coligny.

The family of Matlhomola Jonas Mosweu will move from Scotland informal settlement to Gerdoren Park in town.

Mosweu, 16, died on April 20 after he allegedly jumped out of a moving van.

Pieter Doorewaard, 26, and Phillip Schutte, 34, alleged they caught Mosweu stealing sunflower at their employer’s field near Scotland, they put him at the back of the van intending to take him to the police station but, he jumped out of the van 3km from the police station.

However, an eyewitness told the police Mosweu was pushed out of a moving van. He died on his way to hospital after suffering neck injuries.

The two are out on R5000 bail each and were expected to appear in the Coligny Magistrates’ Court on August 7.

Mosweu’s death sparked mass protests, leaving six houses and three trucks torched, several shops were looted and damaged.

The house would be a symbol of healing in the trouble tore Coligny apart.

Buthelezi said residents of the maize growing town were gradually finding each other following violent protests that divided the residents into two racial groups.

“This was an unfortunate, isolated incident, the white community of this town are not bad, they have long indicated that they do not have problems with the black residents.”

Samuel Mosweu, 24, Matlhomola’s elder brother, said the house would always remind him of his brother.

“I never expected that the government will help us to this far. This house will for ever reminds me of my brother. It will also bring the family together,” he said.

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