Ramaphosa welcomes coffin assault case sentencing

The High Court in Middelburg sentenced Theo Jackson to 14 years and his accomplice Willem Oosthuizen to 11 years for forcing Rethabile Mlotshwa into a coffin.

FILE: Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN – Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has welcomed sentences handed down to the accused in the so-called coffin assault case.

The High Court in Middelburg has sentenced Theo Jackson to 14 years and his accomplice Willem Oosthuizen to 11 years for attacking, Rethabile Mlotshwa, forcing him into a coffin and threatening to set it alight.

The incident was captured on video and went viral on social media last year.

Ramaphosa addressed supporters at the Western Cape’s OR Tambo Centenary Commemoration in Goodwood on Saturday afternoon.

“It is through these type of actions from our courts that we will be able to demonstrate that we want to obliterate racism from the face of South Africa forever.”

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He also addressed the importance of having discipline in the African National Congress, emphasising that corruption reduces government’s efforts to provide better lives for residents.

“Discipline is about working hard and placing the interests of the people above one’s own interests. It is about fighting factionalism, resisting corruption and safeguarding public resources."