#CoffinAssault accused won’t seek bail‚ case postponed to January

Theo Martins and Willem Oostheizen appeared in the Middleburg magistrates court on 16 November 2016 Picture: Neo Goba
Theo Martins and Willem Oostheizen appeared in the Middleburg magistrates court on 16 November 2016
Picture: Neo Goba

The two white men who were filmed allegedly forcing a black man into a coffin in a video that went viral on social media waived their right to apply for bail on Wednesday.

Willem Oostheizen and Theo Martins will remain in custody until January 25 when their case resumes in the Middelburg Magistrates Court.

 The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF)‚ Democratic Alliance (DA) and African National Congress (ANC) had earlier put aside their differences and chanted struggle songs outside the court.

#CoffinAssault was the top trending topic on Twitter in SA on Wednesday morning.

The incident‚ involving Victor Rethabile Mlotshwa‚ was filmed at JM De Beer Boerdery next to Komati Power Station‚ near Middelburg in Mpumalanga.

In the 20-second clip the men can be heard forcing Mlotshwa into coffin and threatening to douse him with petrol. When Mlotshwa resisted‚ his captors then threatened to put a snake in the casket.

2 thoughts on “#CoffinAssault accused won’t seek bail‚ case postponed to January

  • November 16, 2016 at 11:40 pm
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    what you need to understand it, wrong is wrong. But in the world we live in, where racism is an issue, the video shows exactly that and the media is doing their job by showing all the naysayers that racism still very much exists…

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  • November 16, 2016 at 4:25 pm
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    Not cool at all, regardless of race.

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