White South Africans charged with forcing black man into coffin

White South Africans charged with forcing black man into coffin
Published: 2016 November 18 21:54:32 (7178 Views)
Two white South African men will face trial for allegedly forcing a black man into a coffin and threatening to put petrol and a snake inside with him.

Willem Oosthuizen and Theo Martins Jackson were allegedly filmed in a 20-second video which went viral, showing them push the lid of the casket down.

Victor Rethabile escaped, although it is not clear how.

He told reporters outside court he wanted justice. 'They were accusing me of trespassing. They beat me up and forced me into the coffin,' he said.



The case has caused outrage in a country where deep racial divides persist 22 years after the fall of apartheid.

Oosthuizen and Jackson appeared briefly in the Middelburg Magistrate court east of the capital Pretoria before the case was postponed until January 25.

They will remain in custody until the case resumes.

Protesters from the Economic Freedom Fighters party held a rally outside the court.

The radical left-wing group, which campaigns for more equal wealth distribution between white and black South Africans, 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.'



Source - Metro

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