Two South African ‘white racists’ who forced man into coffin arrested


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A 20-second video that has been making rounds on social media showing a black South African man being forced into a coffin in Johannesburg by two white men finally reached the authorities.

The two white South Africans have been arrested and are reportedly facing charges of “kidnapping and assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm”, AFP cites a judicial source.

The video also shows the white men threatening to pour petrol over him and set it alight in the Africaans language.

The incident is said to have taken place at JM De Beer Boerdery neighbourhood next to Komati Power Station, according to the South African revolutionary socialist party, Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) which took up the case.



“These white racists then took a video and put it up on social media for amusement after humiliating [Victor] Mlotshwa. 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,” EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Quintin Ndlozi said in a statement.

The video, which was circulated on social media, has caused widespread outrage.

The two white men, Willem Oosthuizen and Theo Martins Jackson are due to appear in the Middleburg Magistrate Court in the northeastern Mpumalanga province on Wednesday.

The victim, Victor Rethabile Mlotshwa, was resisting and could be heard screaming as his captors threatened to put a snake inside the coffin.

It is not clear what happened to Mr Mlotshwa after the filming ended.

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