18 November 2018


“I saw 16 year-old Moshoeu flying off a moving vehicle” - court witness 

by: Nthusang Lefafa   date: 07 May 2018

A key witness in the murder trial of Matlhomola Moshoeu told the court that he saw the 16-year-old “flying off a moving vehicle”.
Bonakele Pakisi (28) is one of the witnesses in the murder trial currently sitting at North West High Court in Mahikeng. 
Farmworkers Pieter Doorewaard and Phillip Schutte are on trial for the murder of Moshoeu, who was allegedly killed after he was caught stealing sunflower pits on Rietvlei Farm near Coligny last year. 
An emotional Pakisi gave a detailed account of the events that led to Moshoeu’s death of Moshoeu on 20 April 2017. 
During his testimony, Pakisi told the court how he was assaulted, kidnapped, and forced to drink alcohol by the accused on the day that Moshoeu was killed. 
He said he was on his way to visit a friend when he heard gunshots on the farm and Moshoeu’s cries for help. “Mommy help I am dying,” the witness told the court that this is what he heard Moshoeu say. 
Pakisi added: “I just saw the child flying in the air and he landed face first.” This was when Moshoeu was thrown out of the moving vehicle, he said.
Pakisi said he was then approached by the one of the suspects at gunpoint and was taken to their bakkie on a quad bike. When he climbed onto the bakkie, this is when he found Moshoeu lying on his stomach.
“Moshoeu was lying on his stomach and he was bleeding through his mouth, nose and ears. I was instructed by the accused to lay on Moshoeu’s  feet and not to move. I was taken to another area where I was again asked what I had seen and I told them that I saw nothing. This is where both the accused assaulted me with their fists and I was also slapped,” he said. 
The witness explained how he pleaded with the accused not to kill him at a remote dam. He was then struck with an unknown metal object on the back of his head and left unconscious near a sheep farm. Pakisi explained that he was not happy with the way that police initially handled investigations into the matter.
Doorewaard and Schutte are currently out on R5000 bail each. The trial continues.