JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Two White South Africans accused of forcing a Black man into a coffin and threatening to set him on fire have been convicted of attempted murder, kidnapping and other charges.
FILE — In this Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016 file photo Theo Jackson, left, and Willem Oosthuizen, right, appear in the Magistrates Court in Middelburg, South Africa, accused of forcing a black man into a coffin and threatening to set him on fire. The two men have been convicted Friday Aug. 25, 2017, of attempted murder, kidnapping and other charges. (AP Photo, File)
A judge on Friday delivered the verdict in Middelburg in Mpumalanga province in a case that prompted national outrage and debate over the legacy of white minority rule, which ended in 1994.
A video showing the racially charged incident circulated on social media last year, leading to the arrest of farmers Willem Oosthuizen and Theo Jackson.
It shows a man cowering and moaning in a coffin as part of the lid is pushed over his head and upper body. A man is heard threatening to pour in gasoline. Another threat is made to put a snake in the coffin.