Pieter Doorewaard and Phillip Schutte last week told the court that they caught Mathlomola stealing sunflowers from one of their plantations, on April 20.
They claimed that they put him on their bakkie [pickup truck] with the intention of taking him to the nearest police station, but before they could go anywhere, the teen jumped off the moving vehicle.
However, their affidavit was contrary to the statement of a witness who told police the farmers sat in the back of the truck with the deceased and pushed him off the moving vehicle.
Residents cleanup in the aftermath of the protests following the granting of bail to the two white farmers accused of killing a black teen over sunflower seeds
Officer Jeremia Modisane, who was at the Coligny police station when the accused went to report the incident, said he got the incident location given by the two men alone, because they apparently said they would not be able to accompany him as they had other business to take care of.
Modisane said upon arrival at the scene, he found the teenager lying face down, bleeding from his ears.
Pieter Doorewaard (Left) and Philip Schutte leave court their bail hearing
Hennie du Plessis, defense attorney for the Doorewaard and Schutte, told the hearing there was nothing his clients could do at the crime scene as they were not medical experts. However, Kgorane said the accused should have at least tried to contact the police or an ambulance.
During the bail hearing proceedings last week, local residents were seen dancing and chanting liberation songs, while shouting “no bail” outside court. Some of them, who did not want to be named, said there would be violent protests in the area in the event that the accused are granted bail.
The death of the teenager, who was on Sunday laid to rest, sparked violent protests in the area, which left at least four houses torched.