Murdered Coligny teen’s family struggle to cope following his death

Agnes Mosweu, the mother of murdered Coligny teenager Matlhomola Mosweu, told the North West High Court that she heard from colleagues that a child was killed in Coligny. Photo: ANA

Agnes Mosweu, the mother of murdered Coligny teenager Matlhomola Mosweu, told the North West High Court that she heard from colleagues that a child was killed in Coligny. Photo: ANA

The distraught mother of Matlhomola Moswe said her remaining children were also not coping following the death of their brother.

The mother of murdered Coligny teenager Matlhomola Moswe, cannot cope following his death, the North West High Court heard on Wednesday.

“I was deeply hurt when I heard the child was killed,” Agnes Mosweu told the court.

She said her remaining children were also not coping following the death of their brother. She said since the incident in 2017, the two men convicted of his murder and their family members have made any effort to comfort her and her family.

“They have not come. I do not understand they claimed they did not kill him.”

Mosweu was the third-born child out of seven children.

She was testifying for the State on the aggravating factors in the sentencing proceedings of convicted murderers Pieter Doorewaard, 27, and Phillip Schutte, 34.

The men are convicted of killing Matlhomola Mosweu on April 20, 2017, in Colligny by pushing him out of a moving van after they caught him stealing sunflower heads from their employer’s field at Rietvlei farm.

Agnes Mosweu told the court she first heard of the death of a child from colleagues while they were having lunch.

“I was working at a field when I heard my colleagues talking that a child was killed,” she said, adding that at the time they did not know who the the child was.

“I did not know it was my child, my colleagues also did not know the child. I thought my son was at Daan du Plessis farm, visiting friends.”

She said Matlhomola also told her when he wanted to visit his friends, but said on the day he died, he did not report that he would be visiting friends.

After two weeks, she was told her son Matlhomola was dead.

Advocate Cecile Zwiegerlaar for Doorewaard asked her what she did in an attempt to find her son.

“What steps did you take to find where your son was?” Zwiegerlaar asked.

Mosweu responded saying: “I went to my friend and asked her whether she knew the child who was killed.”

Asking a follow-up question, Zwiergerlaar asked: “Did you take other steps to establish the whereabouts of your children?”

Mosweu responded saying: “People like Mr [Stan] Mnyakama did more than me in a bid to establish the identity of the dead child.”

Zwiergerlaar asked: “Did you tell Sakkie [Dingake], the biological father, that your son is missing?”

Mosweu answered saying: “I told him and asked him to go and look for my son, at the places he usually goes to visit friends.”

– African News Agency (ANA)

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