NPA welcomes hefty sentences handed to coffin assault pair

Willem Oosthuizen and Theo Jackson were sentenced to 14 and 11 years respectively

Willem Oosthuizen and Theo Jackson were convicted of attempted murder, assault, kidnapping and intimidation after they were recorded on video forcing Rethabile Mlotshwa into a coffin. Picture:  Pelane Phakgadi/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) says the hefty sentences handed to Willem Oosthuizen and Theo Jackson should serve as an example to perpetrators of racial attacks.

Oosthuizen and Jackson were sentenced to 14 and 11 years respectively, after being found guilty of attempted murder, kidnapping, intimidation and two counts of assault with intent to commit grievous bodily harm.

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The High Court sitting in Middleburg also dismissed their application for leave to appeal their sentences.

It says no one is above the law and those who contravene human rights will be dealt with harshly.

Judge Sheila Mphahlele made it clear that Oosthuizen and Jackson had done what she labelled an “inhumane and disgusting act”.

In her judgement. she said that the duo knew exactly what they were doing.

Although the duo had initially argued that they were merely trying to scare Mlotshwa, they showed remorse during mitigation, admitting what they did was wrong.

One of the accused’s attorney Marias Coertze says the judgment is too harsh and now hopes that their appeal application would be heard by the Supreme Court of Appeal.

Political parties and human rights organisations have also welcomed the sentences.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)