Coffin assault: There’s no space for such an incident in SA today

The Jewish Board of Deputies has condemned the racially charged assault on Rethabile Mlotshwa.

Two men accused of attacking a man in an apparent racially-motivated incident have abandoned their bail application on 16 November 2016. Picture: Christa EybersEWN

JOHANNESBURG – The Jewish Board of Deputies is the latest civic organisation to lend its voice to mounting condemnation of the so-called coffin assault.

Video footage has emerged showing Willem Oosthuizen and Theo Jackson forcing Rethabile Mlotshwa into a coffin and threatening to set it alight.

The clip went viral, sparking widespread outrage and led to the arrest of the two men.

They appeared in court on Wednesday, but abandoned their bail application.

The Jewish Board of Deputies’ Alana Baranov says Mlotshwa’s dignity was not valued by the two, adding there’s no space for such an incident in South Africa today.

“We are calling on all concerned citizens who have been affected and outraged by this incident to take it upon themselves to speak out on any incident of racism or discrimination that they come across in their daily lives.”

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(Edited by Tamsin Wort)