ANC welcomes decision to deny coffin assault duo bail

Theo Jackson & Willem Oosthuizen are accused of kidnapping, assaulting and forcing Rethabile Mlotshwa into a coffin.

Theo Jackson and Willem Oosthuizen have been denied bail at the Middleberg Magistrates Court. Picture: Pelane Phakgadi/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) in Mpumalanga has welcomed the decision to deny bail to the two suspects in the coffin assault case, saying that it is happy with the way in which the matter has been dealt with so far.

Theo Jackson and Willem Oosthuizen are accused of kidnapping, assaulting and forcing Rethabile Mlotshwa into a coffin.

The magistrate in the matter says he was not satisfied by the defence’s argument that it would be in the interests of justice to release them, and has called the attack “shocking” and “racist”.

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After bail was denied, scores of ANC supporters chanted outside the Middelburg Magistrates Court in support of Mlotshwa.

The ANC's Nkangala region has urged the court to fight racism to its core, and convict Jackson and Oosthuizen if needs be.

Spokesperson Speedy Mashilo says: “Our people are happy with the manner in which the outcome of the judgement was presented.”

Mashilo says he is particularly disturbed by the manner in which Mlotshwa was attacked.

He has also echoed Magistrate Jongilizwe Dumehleli's concern around why the accused had been travelling with a coffin on the back of their vehicle at the time of the assault.

Mashilo says his party is determined to support Mlothswa and his family until the end of this trial.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)