AS IT HAPPENED: State witness admits to lying under oath in 'coffin duo' trial

2017-07-31 09:30

The case against two men, Theo Jackson and Willem Oosthuizen, who allegedly forced Victor Mlotshwa into a coffin and threatened to pour petrol over him have appeared in the Delmas High Court for the first day of their trial, where State witness Johannes de Beer was called to the stand.

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First witness testimony and cross examination is done.

Looks like court will be adjourned for the day.


31 Jul 15:21

First State witness takes the stand in 'coffin duo' trial

Farm owner Johannes Mattheus de Beer who employed Theo Jackson, an accused in the coffin case, testified that the coffin in which Victor Mlotshwa was forced into was purchased by his father to be used by employees to bury their family members.

The High Court sitting in the Delmas Magistrate's Court in Mpumalanga on Monday heard that De Beer's father bought two coffins, one of which was used by an employee to bury a deceased relative and the other which was stored away and subsequently used to force Mlotshwa in.

De Beer said he first learnt about the incident which occurred in August 2016 via social media and the news.

He said he told Jackson that he should hand himself over.


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Now de Beer claims that he did tell Jackson the coffin was now his and that he should destroy it.

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Jackson's defence claims that de Beer made an appointment with a lawyer for Jackson, de Beer confirms.

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Defence for Jackson is now trying to show inconsistencies in de Beer's testimony in court and his affidavit.

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Defence for accused no. 2 now cross examines de Beer. 

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Defence is hammering de Beer about his use of the coffin to scare people.

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Oosthuizen's defence says he didn't know about the coffin until de Beer mentioned using it to scare people off.

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Oosthuizen claims that De Beer told him that he used the coffin to scare the people he apprehended, de Beer says he didn't

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First State witness Johannes de Beer - employer of Theo Jackson.

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DA press release:

#CoffinCase: DA to picket outside Delmas High Court

Today, 31 July until Friday 4 August, DA members in Mpumalanga will picket against racism outside the Delmas High Court.

Theo Jackson and Willem Oosthuizen, the men accused of forcing Rethabile Mlotshwa into a coffin and threatening to pour petrol over him will appear in court on these dates.

The DA believes that we must strive to build a society that is free of conflict and fear and that all South Africans must stand up against racial hatred and bigotry.

This week we will picket in solidarity with the victim and against all forms of discrimination.


31 Jul 10:33

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