Bail decision expected in coffin assault case

Theo Jackson & Willem Oosthuizen will learn their fate today after launching an urgent bail application last week.

Willem Oosthuizen and Theo Jackson make their way to the dock at the Middleburg Magistrates Court during their appearance on 16 November 2016. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - A ruling is expected on Thursday in the bail application of two Mpumalanga men accused of a racially motivated attack.

Theo Jackson and Willem Oosthuizen allegedly assaulted Rethabile Mlotshwa last month, forced him into a coffin and then threatened to set it on fire.

The incident was caught on camera.

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The state opposed the pair's bid for bail in the Middleburg Magistrates Court, arguing that the victim had been threatened since their arrest.

Prosecutors fear that his life may be in danger should Oosthuizen and Jackson be released.

But the co-accused claim they will be much safer outside prison than they are inside.

The men had abandoned their first bid for bail, initially saying that they feared for their lives.

Supporters of political parties, including the Economic Freedom Fighters, Democratic Alliance and African National Congress, attended all court appearances in support of Mlotshwa.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)