Coffin court case: Growing calls for severe punishment

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Two white men will remain behind bars until next year for assaulting a black man and forcing him into a coffin near Middelburg in Mpumalanga.

Two white men will remain behind bars until next year for assaulting a black man and forcing him into a coffin near Middelburg in Mpumalanga.

JOHANNESBURG – Two white men will remain behind bars until next year for assaulting a black man and forcing him into a coffin near Middelburg in Mpumalanga.

Willem Oosthuizen and Theo Jackson are to be charged with kidnapping and assault with the intention to commit grievous bodily harm.

They are accused of abducting Rethabile Mlotshwa, after he allegedly trespassed on a nearby farm where Oosthuizen and Jackson were employed.

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The two abandoned their bail bid fearing for their safety.

Prosecutors also said the pair could intimidate the victim and potential witnesses.

“I was not aware there was a bakkie following me and I saw another one coming in front of me. So I realised that everything wasn’t right and these people were prepared to hit me,” said Mlotshwa.