Victor Mlotshwa took the stand at the high court sitting in the Middelburg Magistrates Court.
The two white men who are up for the kidnapping, intimidation, assault and attempted murder of Victor Mlotshwa threatened that if he ran they would take out guns and shoot him.
“The situation was painful. I was scared, shivering and crying,” Mlotshwa told the court.
“I was in a difficult situation and I pleaded with them not to do what they wanted to do.
“I was under the impression that they wanted to kill me. I just want to say the situation was painful,” he said sitting in the witness box.
Mlotshwa was testifying for the first time in the third day of trial.
He told the court that his mother had sent him to Middelburg to buy groceries when he came across a bakkie on 17 August 2017.
He said he used a foot-path as a way to reach to Middelburg faster and one of the men approached him while driving a bakkie.
When he tried to run away, another bakkie came.
He said both Theo Jackson and Willem Oosthuizen chased, caught him and tied him up to one of the bakkies before being kicked up.
He said they told him if he ran they would shoot him down.
Jackson and Oosthuizen were arrested in November 2016 after the incident in which they forced Mlotshwa into a coffin went viral on social networks.
The incident happened on a farm near the Komati power station outside Middelburg.
The court has heard that the incident took place in August 2016 and not in September 2016.
Both Oosthuizen and Jackson are out on a R1,000 bail each.
(edited by MLM)
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