'Coffin assault' men to appear in court

File: The incident was filmed at JM De Beer Boerdery next to Komati Power Station, close to Middelburg in Mpumalanga. Photo: YouTube

JOHANNESBURG - Two men who were filmed forcing a black man into a coffin in a video that went viral on social media, will appear in Middelburg Magistrates Court on Wednesday.

They face charges of assault with the intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

The incident, involving Victor Rethabile Mlotshwa, was filmed at JM De Beer Boerdery next to Komati Power Station, close to Middelburg in Mpumalanga.

EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said in a statement, "This humiliation can be based on nothing else but his blackness, which means it is in actual fact a humiliation of black people as a whole."

"The leadership of the EFF will be attending the court proceedings. We believe that is one of the important cases that still proves the place of black people in this society."

"There is no way that, that black man would've been treated like that except because of the colour of his skin."

"His story is he was assaulted because they said that he was invading and they beat him up and tried to put him, as we all saw, in a coffin."

It is unclear exactly when the incident happened.

In the twenty second clip -- which has since been removed from YouTube -- the men can be heard, forcing another man into coffin and threatening to douse him with petrol.

When the man resisted, his captors then threatened to slide in a snake.


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