Black man is forced into a COFFIN and told he will be fed to a snake as he is interrogated by white 'South African landowner' about a crime.
Distressing footage showing a South African man forcing a wailing black man into a coffin and threatening to set fire to it has gone viral across social media in South Africa, re-igniting the debate about racial conflict that continues to blight the ‘rainbow nation’.
Thousands of comments about the footage are split about who the real ‘victim’ is in the appalling scene – highlighting how divided the country remains more than two decades after the end of apartheid.
In the 20-second clip, shot on a mobile phone, a white man – thought to be a farmer – is seen dropping a large stick in order to cram a clearly petrified black man into the wooden casket, ordering him to ‘get in, I want to throw some petrol.’
South African political parties have rallied together to condemn two white men charged with assault after a video emerged showing a black man being forced into a coffin.
The two men—named as Willem Oosthuizen and Theo Martins Jackson—appeared in the Middelburg Magistrate Court east of the capital Pretoria Wednesday morning. The pair were charged with kidnapping and assault with the intent to cause grievous bodily harm. They were denied bail and the case was postponed until January 25.
They were charged in relation to a 20-second video that has been widely circulated on social media. It shows a black man, identified as Victor Rethabile Mlotshwa, lying inside a coffin as one white man attempts to close the lid. Mlotshwa whimpers and screams as the man tries to force the lid down, while the other white man threatens to put petrol and a snake inside the coffin.