Two white South Africans charged after forcing black man into coffin

November 16, 2016 11:24

MIDDELBURG, South Africa - Two white South African men appeared in court on Wednesday on charges of assault and kidnapping after a video showed them forcing a wailing black man into a coffin.

The 20-second video, which was widely circulated on social media, shows Victor Rethabile cowering inside a coffin as one man pushes a lid on his head and the other threatens to put petrol and a snake inside the casket.

Rethabile escaped, although it is not clear how. He told reporters outside court he wanted justice.

"They were accusing me of trespassing. They beat me up and forced me into the coffin," he said.

The case has caused outrage in a country where deep racial divides persist 22 years after the fall of apartheid.

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