A South African judge on Friday found two white farmers guilty of attempted murder after they filmed themselves forcing a black man into a coffin and threatening to burn him alive.
“For attempted murder of Mr (Victor) Mlotshwa, I hereby find you both guilty,” judge Segopotje Mphahlele told the
Willem Oosthuizen and Theo Martins Jackson, both wearing jackets and ties, were also found guilty of kidnap,
They had pleaded not guilty over the incident last year in the eastern province of Mpumalanga, saying they only intended to scare Mlotshwa after he allegedly stole copper cables from their farm.
Two clips of footage taken on their mobile phones showed the assailants shoving Mlotshwa down into the wooden coffin and pressing the lid closed with their boots as he begged for his life.
Activists from rival political parties, including the ruling African National Congress and the main opposition Democratic Alliance, rallied outside