AS IT HAPPENED: 'The situation was painful. I was scared, shivering and crying' - coffin assault victim tells court

2017-08-02 09:35

The High Court sitting in the Middelburg Magistrate's Court has been adjourned shortly after assault victim Victor Mlotshwa broke down in court while recalling how two men forced him into a coffin and threatened to pour petrol over him.

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Mlotshwa: "I was in a difficult situation and I pleaded with them not to do what they wanted to do."

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Mlotshwa: "I was crying and pleading with them. It was only my one hand which was outside the coffin".

02 Aug 14:52
Mlotshwa: "I was under the impression that they wanted to kill me." 

02 Aug 14:51
Mlotshwa: "I just want to say the situation was painful. I was so scared, shivering and crying" 

02 Aug 14:51
Mlotshwa: "One of them said they should pour petrol into the coffin".

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Mlotshwa: "I ended up getting into the coffin although my conscience didn't allow me".

02 Aug 14:49
Molokoane: "Why did you get into the coffin"? Mlotshwa says he couldn't take it anymore.

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02 Aug 14:37
Mlotshwa says the 2 assaulted him - Jackson went back to his bakkie and came back with what looked like knobkerrie.

02 Aug 14:37
Mlotshwa says after the coffin was opened - Jackson instructed him to get into the coffin but he refused.

02 Aug 14:36
Mlotshwa: "Accused 2 (Jackson) came and opened the coffin. Oosthuizen said should I run away he will shoot me".

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Mlotshwa: 'After they didn't answer my question. Jackson went back to his bakkie as well as Oosthuizen'.

02 Aug 14:16
Mlotshwa says the bakkies followed each other & the person he had seen in the bakkie earlier on was no longer there.

02 Aug 14:16
Mlotshwa says one of the cable ties was used to tie him to the bakkie - says he asked what he had done but they didn't reply.

02 Aug 14:10
 Mlotshwa says Jackson came with cable ties and tied his wrists. "The beating started afresh". 

02 Aug 14:06
Mlotshwa says accused 1 (Oosthuizen) climbed with him into the van and instructed him to sit down.

02 Aug 14:05
 Mlotshwa says the accused assaulted him until he agreed to get into the van.

02 Aug 14:03
Mlotshwa says he tried to refuse to get into the van but accused 1 (Oosthuizen) pushed him into the van. 

02 Aug 14:02
Mlotshwa: 'The assault continued and one of the accused (Jackson) grabbed my hand and told me to get into the van'.

02 Aug 13:59
Mlotshwa: 'I tried to stand up and I realised that there was another person who was in one of the vehicles'.

02 Aug 13:59
Mlotshwa says he was kicked quite a lot and he struggled to stand.

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Mlotshwa says he fell down and then they kicked him while on the ground. 

02 Aug 13:01
Molokoane asks if he knows who punched him  - Mlotshwa says it was accused 2 (Jackson).

02 Aug 12:59
Mlotshwa: 'One of them punched me with a fist, I ended up falling down'.

02 Aug 12:57
Mlotshwa: 'Without saying anything to me, the men got out of the vehicles and just pumped me with their fists'.

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Mlotshwa says the other vehicle was driving straight towards him and another one was driving behind him.

02 Aug 12:51
 Mlotshwa says the vehicles tried to block him - Molokwane asks him to clarify.

02 Aug 12:50
Mlotshwa corrects himself, he says the other vehicle approached from the front.

02 Aug 12:50
Mlotshwa says while running another car appeared behind him.

02 Aug 12:50
Mlotshwa: 'At that stage I was running to the place where I stay. I could hear the vehicle accelerating towards me'.

02 Aug 12:47
Mlotshwa says as he ran, he could see the vehicle following him.

02 Aug 12:47
Molokwane asks Mlotshwa to put out the man, he says it was accused 2 (Jackson).

02 Aug 12:46
Mlotshwa: 'When this male person got out of the vehicle he was not in a jolly mood - I tried to run away'.

02 Aug 12:46
Mlotshwa says a vehicle came towards him, a man got out of the vehicle.

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