White men charged with shov­ing black into cof­fin

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

JO­HAN­NES­BURG: Two white men in South Africa have been charged with as­sault af­ter an on­line video emerged show­ing them push­ing a black man into a cof­fin and threat­en­ing to burn him alive, a court of­fi­cial said yes­ter­day. The pair are due in court to­day in the north­east­ern town of Mid­del­burg charged with as­sault and in­tent to cause griev­ous bod­ily harm, according to the court’s clerk. The footage was ap­par­ently shot on a mo­bile phone by one of the two white men in­volved in the in­ci­dent. The 20-sec­ond clip shows one white man shov­ing the black man, who makes dis­tressed noises, into the wooden cof­fin and try­ing to force down the lid. “Do you want to speak? Come, come. We want to throw the petrol on,” said one of the men, speak­ing Afrikaans, according to the News24 web­site. They are also ac­cused of threat­en­ing to put a snake in the cof­fin. The video, which is un­dated, has spread rapidly across so­cial me­dia.

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