Published: Sat, October 28, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Judge describes coffin assault pair of 'disgusting‚ appalling and dehumanising' crimes

Judge describes coffin assault pair of 'disgusting‚ appalling and dehumanising' crimes

The trial had been shown shocking footage of a terrified Victor Mlotshwa begging for his life as his tormentors tried to close a wooden coffin lid down on him after they claim they found him trespassing.

Mr Mlotshwa wept in court when the video was shown and his mother was so distressed she left the courtroom.

The farmers claimed Mr Mlotshwa tried to steal cables from their land, threatened to kill their families and burn farm crops and that they just meant to scare him.

Supporters of the ruling African National Congress party celebrated in court on hearing the verdict.

Theo Jackson, one of two farmer convicted of attempted murder.

Oosthuizen and Jackson's treatment of Mlotshwa was inhumane and disgusting, a traumatic experience for anyone to have to undergo.

He also said the duo had used cable ties to restrain him.

They were convicted on August 25 of attempted murder as well as kidnap, intimidation and assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm.

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But prosecutor Robert Molokoane said the whole country was watching adding:"They had no respect for the law as they took the law into their own hands".

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"The conclusion of this grotesque case sends a clear - and welcome - message that acts of racism or discrimination will not be tolerated in South Africa", said Shenilla Mohamed, executive director of Amnesty International South Africa. In truth, the two men still don't believe they did anything wrong.

'The government must now move with speed to finalise the Hate Crimes legislation in order to deal decisively with incidents of discrimination'.

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