Men in coffin assault case granted bail

The pair have told the court they did not mean to harm Rethabile Mlotshwa and only wanted to teach him a lesson.

FILE: Willem Oosthuizen and Theo Jackson are seen during a court appearance. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The two men accused of forcing Rethabile Mlotshwa into a coffin and threatening to torch it have each been granted bail of R1,000 in the Middelburg Magistrates Court.

Theo Jackson and Willem Oosthuizen face charged with kidnapping, assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm and attempted murder for the 2016 crime.

The pair has told the court they did not mean to harm Mlotshwa and only wanted to teach him a lesson.

The National Prosecuting Authority’s Monica Nyuswa said, “The matter has been scheduled for 31 July to 10 August 2017 for trial in the Delmas High Court.”

A video of the attack went viral in August last year sparking widespread condemnation.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)