Victim in South Africa coffin assault case testifies in court

Oosthuizen and Theo Martins Jackson
The accused, Willem Oosthuizen and Theo Martins Jackson are on trial in Middleburg

A black man who was allegedly forced into a coffin by two white men who then threatened to burn him alive has been testifying at a court in South Africa.

Victor Mlotshwa broke down in Middleburg High Court as he recounted the events of last August.

The court played a video of the incident in which Mr Mlotshwa can be heard crying and pleading with his attackers.

He alleges that farmers Theo Jackson and Willem Oosthuizen bound him with cable ties, beat him and threatened to shoot him.

The two suspects deny this, claiming that they had caught Mr Mlotshwa stealing copper cables.

In a court affidavit, they say they didn’t mean to do him any harm but merely wanted to “teach him a lesson”.

The racially charged case has caused outrage in many circles and highlighted racial tensions among farming communities.

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