Farm­ers in ‘cof­fin case’ plead not guilty

Daily Trust - - PHOTO NEWS -

Two white farm­ers ac­cused of forc­ing a black South African into a cof­fin and threat­en­ing to pour petrol over him and burn him alive have pleaded not guilty.

Willem Oosthuizen and Theo Martins Jack­son were ar­rested last year af­ter a video of Vic­tor Mlotshwa in a cof­fin be­gan cir­cu­lat­ing on­line.

The farm­ers face charges of as­sault, at­tempted mur­der, kid­nap­ping and de­feat­ing the ends of jus­tice.

The high pro­file case drew pro­test­ers from across the po­lit­i­cal spec­trum.

Sup­port­ers of South Africa’s gov­ern­ing African Na­tional Con­gress (ANC) and op­po­si­tion Demo­cratic Al­liance (DA) were hold­ing sep­a­rate protests.

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