SAHRC considers taking coffin assault case to Equality Court
Video footage emerged showing Willem Oosthuizen & Theo Jackson forcing a black man into a coffin & threatening to set it alight.
JOHANNESBURG - The South African Human Rights Commission says it’s considering taking two men implicated in the so-called coffin assault to the Equality Court.
Video footage emerged showing Willem Oosthuizen and Theo Jackson forcing a black man 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.
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The commission's Gushwell Brooks says there’s no reasonable explanation behind the apparent racial attack.
“The accused also claim that he was trespassing on their property that’s why they took this action which is inexcusable. We are looking into taking this matter to the Equality Court.”
Deputy Justice Minister John Jeffery meanwhile says the assault constitutes as a hate crime if it was influenced by the victim's race.
“If it was done because the victim was black then that becomes a hate crime. If the race or group identity of the person is not relevant it’s an ordinary crime.”
Meanwhile, some South Africans have taken to social media following the incident:
If a person keeps a spare coffin in their house I'm sure there's a lot of dead bodies on his farm #CoffinAssault— The Publicist (@ThePublicistSA) November 16, 2016