Friday 19 October 2018

White South Africans given 10 years for coffin assault

Willem Oosthuizen and Theo Jackson in the court in Middelburg (AP)
Willem Oosthuizen and Theo Jackson in the court in Middelburg (AP)

Two white South Africans have been sentenced to more than a decade in prison for forcing a black man into a coffin and threatening to set him on fire.

A judge in Mpumalanga province announced the sentences in a racially charged case that prompted national outrage and debate over the legacy of white minority rule, which ended in 1994.

Farmer Willem Oosthuizen was sentenced to 11 years in prison, and his accomplice, Theo Jackson, was given 14 years.

They were convicted in August of attempted murder, kidnapping and other crimes.

A video showing the attack circulated on social media last year, showing a man cowering and moaning in a coffin as part of the lid is pushed over his head and upper body.

Press Association

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