Pair in coffin assault case to face new charges

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

FILE: Willem Oosthuizen and Theo Jackson appear in the Middelburg magistrates court for assault and forcing a man to lie in a coffin. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The prosecution in the so-called coffin assault case has added attempted murder to the charge sheet against two white men accused of forcing a black man into a coffin on a Mpumalanga farm.

Theo Martins Jackson and Willem Oosthuizen have appeared in the Middelburg Magistrates Court.

They are accused of assaulting farm worker Rethabile Mlotshwa and forcing him into a coffin.

Jackson and Oosthuizen now not only face charges of kidnapping and assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, but also attempted murder.

During their appearance in 2016, the pair told the court they merely wanted to teach Mlotshwa a lesson and in their affidavits they claimed their actions were “negligible” and that they did not mean any harm.

The video of the attack went viral on social media last November, causing a national outcry.

Jackson and Oosthuizen have been in custody since they were denied bail last in December.

They are expected back in court for trial in June.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)