S African farmers on trial for forcing black man into coffin
Two white South African farmers yesterday pleaded not guilty to all charges after an online video allegedly showed them pushing a black man into a coffin and threatening to burn him alive. Willem Oosthuizen and Theo Jackson, both 28, stood trial on charges of kidnap, assault and attempted murder over the incident last year at a farm near Middelburg in the eastern province of Mpumalanga. They were arrested after the video, apparently shot on a mobile phone by one of them, spread rapidly on the internet. The clip showed an assailant shoving laborer Victor Mlotshwa, who was clearly in distress, into the wooden coffin and trying to force down the lid.