Coffin assault accused denied bail

Magistrate Jongilizwe Dumehleli delivered judgment in the bail application of Theo Jackson & Willem Oosthuizen.

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 - Two men accused of a racist assault have been denied bail.

Willem Oosthuizen and Theo Jackson appeared in the Middelburg Magistrates Court on Thursday.

Magistrate Jongilizwe Dumehleli says the motive was very clear.

The pair allegedly beat up Rethabile Mlotshwa, whom they'd accused of trespassing, before forcing him into a coffin while also threatening to set him alight.

Dumehleli says the incident was clearly racially motivated.

"Perpetrated more than a year after the introduction of the constitutional order, it was arrogant in the extreme and incited terror among black citizens."

He also says he wants to emphasise that his judgment does not mean all white people or farmers are racist.

"However, I don't want to create the impression in this court that all farmers must be regarded as racist. This will be unfair to those farmers who are not racist."

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The magistrate told the men to approach a high court.

“Therefore you may instruct your legal team to proceed to the high court and persuade the high court to release you on bail. Unfortunately in my court, I deny bail.”

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)