South African court cuts jail term for white farmers in coffin case

 
Tue Dec 3rd, 2019 - Nationwide
 

(FILES) In this file photo taken on October 23, 2017 Willem Oosthuizen (L) and Theo Jackson, the white farmers convicted of attempted murder after they filmed themselves forcing a black man into a coffin and threatening to burn him alive, appear in the Magistrate Court in Mpumalanga, Middelburg on October 23, 2017. – Willem Oosthuizen and Theo Jackson, the two white farmers convicted of filming a video while forcing Victor Mlotshwa into a coffin and threatening to kill him, have had their sentence amended by The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) on December 2, 2019. (Photo by WIKUS DE WET / AFP)

A South African court has cut the sentences of two white farmers who forced a black man into a coffin and threatened to kill him, sparking nationwide outrage.

South Africa is beset by deep-rooted racial inequality even after the end of white-minority rule in 1994 and racist incidents regularly erupt on social media.

Willem Oosthuizen and Theo Martins Jackson had been sentenced to 16 and 19 years in October 2017 after a video of their activities in the eastern Mpumalanga province went viral.

 
 

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source: Guardian