How SA white farmers forced black man into coffin


Two white South African farmers Theo Martins Jackson and Willem Oosthuizen who forced a black man into a coffin have been convicted of attempted murder and kidnapping. Victor Mlotshwa, 27, was beaten and made to get into the coffin by the duo in August 2016. The pair will be sentenced on 23 October. They had denied the charges.

The case has caused outrage in South Africa and highlighted racial tensions in some farming communities. Africa Live: More on this and other stories Mr Mlotshwa only reported the matter after footage of the assault emerged on YouTube months later.
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His attackers threatened to douse him in petrol and burn him alive. In a court affidavit, Jackson and Oosthuizen said they did not mean to harm Mr Mlotshwa but merely wanted to “teach him a lesson”.

They claimed that Mr Mlotshwa had been trespassing on their land. He denied this, saying he was taking a short cut to the shops, where he had been sent by his mother.

As Judge Segopotje Mphahlele read out the guilty verdict in Middelburg Magistrates Court on Friday, supporters of the victim burst into songs of celebration. “I’m relieved that justice has been served,” Mr Mlotshwa told the BBC.

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