While national figures on rhino poaching went down in 2018 it increased in Mpumalanga, according to the deaprtment of environmental affairs.
The two coffin assault racists were found guilty of the kidnapping, intimidation, attempted murder and the assault of Victor Mlotshwa.
Willem Oosthuizen and Theo Jackson have been slapped with heavy sentences, one of them getting 11 years and the other 14 years imprisonment, by the high court sitting in Middelburg.
Oosthuizen got 11 years while Jackson, the man who brought the coffin, was slapped with 14 years.
Political parties welcomed the sentencing of the men.
They were arrested last year November after a video clip in which they forced Victor Mlotshwa into a coffin case went viral on social networks.
Mlotshwa had been found passing through a farm outside Middelburg where the two white men worked and chased him with their bakkies.
When they found him, they accused him of being one of the people who steal from the farm, beatingnhim up and threatening to bury him alive.
Groups organised by the ANCYL and DA demonstrated outside the Middelburg magistrates court in support of Mlotshwa on Friday morning.
(edited by MLM)
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