Opinion: Death of Coligny boy was a catalyst, says Redi Tlhabi

Presenter Redi Tlhabi says the death of 16-year-old Matlhomola Moshoeu in Coligny has marked a turning point in the North West community.

VIDEO: Third house in Coligny burned by protesters

I think the death of the child was a catalyst to some reactions to long-held simmering tensions; things that were not addressed.

Redi Tlhabi, 702's Afternoon Drive presenter

She says there are urgent conversations that need to be had about some of the neglected corners of South Africa where there are still imbalanced power relations.

Certain communities are really stuck in pre-1994 patterns... Stuck in a time-warp.

Redi Tlhabi, 702's Afternoon Drive presenter

VIDEO: Death of 16-year-old boy believed to have sparked arson in Coligny

You can see that this is not just about the death of a child, as tragic and extreme as that is.

Redi Tlhabi, 702's Afternoon Drive presenter

Take a listen to her reflections:

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VIDEO: Third house in Coligny burned by protesters

VIDEO: Third house in Coligny burned by protesters

Violence has erupted in Coligny after the two accused were granted bail for the alleged murder of Matlhomola Moshoeu

Farmer pulls gun on journalist amid violent Coligny eruptions

Farmer pulls gun on journalist amid violent Coligny eruptions

The Coligny Magistrate's Court has granted Pieter Doorewaard and Philip Schutte bail sparking violence in the area.

Slain 16-year-old boy found dead in Coligny has been identified

Slain 16-year-old boy found dead in Coligny has been identified

This is after a local school principal took it upon himself to find the family of this boy.

Coligny residents want local farmer arrested for death of boy (16)

Coligny residents want local farmer arrested for death of boy (16)

Coligny ward councilor Jonny Leteane says aggrieved residents may only call off their protest if the boy’s killer is handcuffed.

VIDEO: Death of 16-year-old boy believed to have sparked arson in Coligny

VIDEO: Death of 16-year-old boy believed to have sparked arson in Coligny

Police are monitoring two violent protests in the North West on Tuesday, one in Lichtenburg and another in Coligny, EWN reports.

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