South African white farmers jailed for forcing black man into coffin. Two white South African farmers have been jailed for more than a decade after forcing a black man into a coffin.Willem Oosthuizen and Theo Jackson were found guilty of attempted murder and kidnap after they filmed themselves shoving Victor Mlotshwa into a coffin and threatening to kill him. The defendants Theo Jackson, sentenced to 14 years, and Willem Oosthuizen, sentenced to 11 years, had pleaded not guilty.The two said they had caught Mlotshwa trespassing on their farm in possession of stolen copper cables. The case, heard at a court in Middelburg, about 160 km (100 miles) east of the capital Pretoria, has caused outrage in a country where deep racial divides persist 23 years after the fall of apartheid.The case, heard at a court in Middelburg, about 100 miles east of the capital, Pretoria, has caused outrage in South Africa. “The conduct of the accused was most dehumanising and disgusting,” said the judge, Segopotje Mphahlele, handing down the sentences. She said their behaviour raised and fuelled racial tension.
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