White men charged with shoving black into coffin
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.