Coffin racists ‘degenerate country into racial violence’

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POTENTIAL FOR REVENGE ATTACKES: EFF chairman Collen Sedibe at the Middelburg magistrates court during the bail hearing of two accused in the coffin assault case. PICTURE BY MfisoDIGITAL

 The leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters in Mpumalanga thinks that an incident like that of the two white men putting a black man inside a coffin, pouring petrol on him and threatening to set him alight or bury him alive could result to racial attacks if the two are not punished.

Collen Sedibe told 013NEWS that a lot of people across the country were angered by the incident and were looking at whether the court would take “appropriate actions” for justice.

“It’s a very inhumane thing; something that is not expected after 20 years of democracy to still continue,” Sedibe said.

“What the two white men did was to degenerate the country into chaos. Everyone is watching now whether justice will be served and if not, then there will be more racial attacks of revenge across the country, especially in the farms,” Sedibe said, adding that as fighters in the province they were happy at current parliamentary processes to criminaliSe racism.

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The matter was postponed to 25 January 2017 and both Theo Martins Jackson and Willem Oosthuizen remain in custody after they abandoned their bail application on 16 November 2016, citing the reasons that they were fearing their lives.

Three major political parties – the DA, EFF and the ANC – demonstrated outside the Middelburg Magistrates Court on Wednesday this week their anger of what happened to Victor Mlotshwa, an ANC member, under the hands of the two farmers.

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