Coffin assault case postponed

2017-03-23 11:39
Victor Mlotshwa (Thapelo Maphakela, Netwerk24)

Victor Mlotshwa (Thapelo Maphakela, Netwerk24)

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Middelburg - The case against two men who allegedly forced Victor Mlotshwa into a coffin and threatened to pour petrol over him was postponed in the Middelburg Regional Court on Thursday morning.

Theo Jackson and Willem Oosthuizen appeared briefly in court, where the case was postponed and set down for trial between June 26 - 29. 

The pair face charges of kidnapping and assault, with intent to do grievous bodily harm. 

The State added a further charge of attempted murder on Thursday.

During their appearance in 2016, they told the court they merely wanted to teach Mlotshwa a lesson. In their affidavits they claimed their actions were "negligible" and that they did not mean any harm.

They previously abandoned their bail bid, but then asked the court to grant them bail. The bail application was denied.

The assault took place at the JM de Beer Boerdery, near the Komati power station in Mpumalanga. On August 17, 2016, Mlotshwa noticed two Land Cruisers following him, investigating officer Constable Dimakatso Bahula previously told the court.

Bahula said the bakkies stopped and two men assaulted Mlotshwa and kicked him, without any explanation.

In a 20-second video of the incident, which was posted on YouTube, one man, speaking in Afrikaans, forces Mlotshwa into a coffin and threatens to pour petrol on him.

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