The appeal of the so-called coffin duo was successful. Theo Jackson and Willem Oosthuizen’s sentence was reduced to five years, of which they have already served two years.
The two men were also sued for R400,000 by Victor Mlotsha after they forced him into a coffin as a preventative joke after they caught him stealing on their farm.
Jackson was originally sentenced to 14 years and Oosthuizen to 11 years for a mere prank simply because they were white and he was black..
The two men who were filmed after allegedly forcing the trespasser into a coffin and, among other things, threatened to put a snake in the coffin with him.
The video of the incident circulated on social media, but it is not clear when the incident occurred. The video shows a man crying as he is forced into a coffin by two other men. One can hear in the background how a man’s voice jokingly says: “Come on, we want to throw the gasoline, man. Get in!” to scare him from ever stealing again.
The man in the coffin identified as Victor Rethabile Mlotshwa and, according to rumours, the incident occurred on a farm near the Komati power station.