DA welcomes guilty verdict in coffin case

The two men were found guilty of kidnapping, assaulting and attempting to kill Victor Mlotshwa.

The Democratic Alliance in the Mpumalanga province has welcomed the guilty verdict handed down in the case against Theo Jackson and Willem Oosthuizen by the Tshwane high court sitting in Middelburg last Friday.

The DA’s Jane Sithole said both the men showed no remorse throughout the duration of the trial for assaulting Mlotshwa.

“This verdict sends a strong message that racism in any shape or form will not be tolerated in South Africa,” she said.

“It also once again highlights the need for rural safety units to be reinstated for the protection of all those living in outlying areas,” Sithole said in a statement.

“The DA believes that we must strive to build a society that is free of conflict and fear and that all South Africans must stand up against racial hatred,” she said.

Oosthuizen and Jackson were convicted on Friday (25 Aug 2017) of the attempted murder, kidnap and assault stemming from the 2016 incident that was caught on a video clip and went viral on the social networks.

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(edited by ZK)

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