The two face charges of murder, intimidation, kidnapping, unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, theft and pointing of a firearm.
The state alleges the two killed Matlhomola Jonas Mosweu, 16, on April 20 at Scotland informal settlement in Coligny after accusing him of stealing sunflowers from their employer’s field.
They claim they put Mosweu in the back of their bakkie with the intention of taking him to the police station, but he jumped out of the moving vehicle and broke his neck. He died on his way to hospital.
An eyewitness alleges Mosweu was pushed off.
The state further charged that the two accused intimidated, kidnapped and stole the cellphone of the sole witness in the case. They allegedly also pointed a firearm at him.
Mosweu’s death triggered violent mass protests that left a trail of destruction in the small maize-growing town and divided the community into racial groups.
At least six houses and three trucks were set alight and several shops looted and damaged.