#CoffinAssault: Duo jailed for attack on farmworker

#CoffinAssault: Duo jailed for attack on farmworker

Two South African farmers have been jailed for forcing a black man into a coffin in Pretoria, South Africa.

The two farmers, Theo Martins Jackson and Willem Oosthuizen, were handed 14 and 11-year prison terms respectively on charges of assault, kidnapping and the attempted murder of Mlotshwa.

"Whilst in the coffin they threatened to set it alight".

Married father of three Jackson, 30, was sentenced to 19 years with 5 suspended meaning he serves 14 years.

The two white men were handed down jail terms for forcing a black man into a coffin and threatening to kill him.

"The conclusion of this grotesque case sends a clear - and welcome - message that acts of racism or discrimination will not be tolerated in South Africa", said Shenilla Mohamed, executive director of Amnesty International South Africa.

However, Judge Segopotje Mphahlele suspended five years of each man's sentence.

As one man pushes the lid down the other threatens to put petrol and a snake inside.

She said their behaviour raised and fuelled racial tension.

The video was also admitted as evidence by the court during the bail application.

When the footage went viral on social media past year it triggered national outrage and near rioting and led to the arrest of the two accused who were remanded in custody for their own safety after getting death threats.

The two said they had caught the victim trespassing on their farm in possession of stolen copper cables.

Jackson had told the court he was sorry that his action had caused such grief for his family. However‚ Mlotshwa said they had suddenly attacked him as he waited to hitch hike to town.

Throughout, the two white men yell in Afrikaans and Zulu, which is spoken mainly by black South Africans, and some white farmers, in an area of the country where violence on farms is common.

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