We're following a tragic and appalling story out of South Africa, where two men have been found guilty of killing a 16-year-old after throwing him out of a moving van for stealing sunflowers.
The two farmers, Pieter Doorewaard and Phillip Schutte, discovered young Matlhomola Jonas Mosweu picking sunflowers at their worksite and apparently kidnapped him.
White farmers found guilty of murdering a teen. #Coligny https://t.co/C7DsQowazm— thabang350™ (@thabang350™) 1539802246.0
At some point, Mosweu was tossed from their moving van, fatally injuring him.
#Coligny BREAKING Murder - GUILTY Kidnapping - GUILTY https://t.co/QVnA6sAgan— Denzil Taylor (@Denzil Taylor) 1539787039.0
Their punishment was doled out:
Twitter users had a lot to say about the crime and the punishment:
@ann_pavone @DenzilTaylor Justice isn’t served until their sentences are announced. They could be sentenced to 10 y… https://t.co/gyIPOeF01y— KenyanBunnie BERNIE2020 (@KenyanBunnie BERNIE2020) 1539865701.0
People are debating the motivation behind this shocking murder.
@Magnum_woof @IOL no..generally throwing someone out of a moving vehicle and them dying is murder...— michelle (@michelle) 1539821617.0
@IOL Why are people this dense. Like it’s common sense. Don’t throw people out of moving vehicles.— ned (@ned) 1539829050.0
@HippKnowsis @POWER987News https://t.co/qaGsZxNaRA— Black☆StarSpaceRanger (@Black☆StarSpaceRanger) 1539859027.0
Some doubt South Africa's legal system will deliver a strong enough sentence.
@paxasisprime @POWER987News Because some governments know that theyre above primitive forms of punishment and bette… https://t.co/MUbpsCweMx— Bumdiggory (@Bumdiggory) 1539824248.0
@POWER987News Life sentence is what they deserve...— sammy fever (@sammy fever) 1539786753.0
This might be the truck used in the murder.
#Coligny - they came to court in this bakkie - but will not be driving it home. They are exchanging their black sui… https://t.co/GYOjR6QCy1— Denzil Taylor (@Denzil Taylor) 1539789699.0
@kmarope @DenzilTaylor Corruption— Welile (@Welile) 1539869530.0
Moshoue's father, Sakkie, commented on the verdict.
VIDEO; Matlhomola Moshoue’s father, Sakkie, says he is pleased with the verdict. #MatlhomolaMoshoue #Coligyn… https://t.co/OJmpaSht82— Bafana Nzimande (@Bafana Nzimande) 1539789976.0
@nzimandebafana Peace to you and all of South Africa. It is a special place. The world could learn a lot from you… https://t.co/ixq9ylXKOf— Thomas Vorderer (@Thomas Vorderer) 1539825145.0
@nzimandebafana Rest his soul and bring peace to his family. 🙏— ⚡️ (@⚡️) 1539826953.0
@nzimandebafana Poor man. I can't imagine the sense of loss he deals with.— McKenzie Collins (@McKenzie Collins) 1539830943.0
This should go without saying, but nobody deserves to lose their life over picking a few sunflowers. Many people agree no sentence will be enough to right the horrible wrong they've committed.
Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Matlhomola Jonas Mosweu.