Middleburg – Coffin assault victim Victor Rethabile Mlotshwa was in high spirits on Thursday outside the Middleburg Magistrate’s Court in Mpumalanga, where two white men were applying for bail for allegedly assaulting and shoving him into a coffin.
Theo Martins Jackson and Willem Oosthuizen, who first appeared in the same court on November 16 when they dropped their bail bids, were on Thursday again asking the court to set them free.
They have been charged with kidnapping and assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm.
During the tea break, the victim of the alleged assault, Mlotshwa, walked out of the court. Flanked by a number of African National Congress (ANC) officials and a few of his family members, Mlotshwa shook hands and shared jokes outside the court.
The alleged assault of Mlotshwa reportedly took place at JM de Beer Boerdery near the Komati power station. A video of the incident went viral on social media and was later removed from You Tube.