Amnesty International hopes coffin assault sentence will be a deterrent

Theo Jackson and Willem Oosthuizen, the two men who forced Victor Mlotshwa into a coffin and threatened to set him alight, have been sentenced to 11 years and 14 years imprisonment respectively.

The two appeared in the Mpumalanga High Court in Middelburg on Friday morning.

According to EWN reporter Pelane Phakgadi the judge said attempted murder and kidnapping are very serious cases that she needed to deal with very seriously.

She said that the two initially said they saw nothing wrong with their action and only started arguing during sentencing just because imprisonment was looming.

Pelane Phakgadi, EWN reporter

The family of Mlotshwa was happy with the sentencing. DA and ANC members also gathered outside the court to show support. They said that they were happy with the sentencing hoping it will instill some conscience in society.

Amnesty International's Mienkie Steytler says this is proof that the South Africa's justice system takes such actions very seriously.

She hopes people who are planning to commit such cruel activities would reconsider before doing so.

Amnesty International hopes that the hate crime legislation will be put to Cabinet soon

The hate crime legislation would become specific about acts of racism and discrimination. It will give the courts more power and even clearer power on how to deal with these sort of cases.

Mienkie Steytler, Amnesty International

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