White South African farmers convicted for forcing Black man into a coffin
A South African judge found two white farmers guilty after they forced a Black farmworker to get into a coffin and threatened to burn him alive.
“For attempted murder of Mr [Victor] Mlotshwa, I hereby find you both guilty,” said Judge Segopotje Mphahlele, according to Al Jazeera.
Willem Oosthuizen and Theo Martins Jackson were convicted of kidnapping, intimidation, and assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm for the torture they put Mlotshwa through.
“I was scared for my life. They accused me of trespassing [on] their farm and they started beating me up,” Mlotshwa told AllAfrica.com last year. “There was a foot path there and I decided to use it.”
The two plead not guilty and contested that they were only trying to scare Mlotshwa after suspecting him of stealing copper wire from their property. They both recorded parts of the incident on their cell phones. Mlothswa testified that he was beat as he tried to resist and eventually gave it. That’s when the two threatened to burn him alive with gasoline.
This is a breaking news story and will be updated as details emerge.