A group of white people and some communities have rallied together in support of coffin assault victim Rethabile Mlotshwa.
The group is made up of some concerned white South Africans who believe the two white males erred when they forced Mlotshwa into a coffin.
A member of the group, Elizabeth Allen said she and other white people decided to start a crowd-funding scheme on behalf of the group – #WhitesDoCare in order to show others that ‘some right-thinking’ whites were unhappy with the perpetrators.
She affirmed that the initiative began as a result of the perceived generalization that white people do not care about these racially motivated incidents.
So far, she said the group has raised R6000 for the victim, adding that they hope to keep the fundraising going until Christmas. Allen opined that the essence of the fundraising is to give Mlotshwa a Christmas to remember.
“..We just want to hand over a gift to him by New Year’s Eve from white South African to say not all white South Africans are like those two,” she said.
Allen admitted that the aftermaths and damages done by apartheid in South Africa cannot be fixed overnight. She also called on white people to vent their anger against the perpetrators in public and not in their closet.
The coffin assault case will forever be remembered as one of the highest racially motivated hate-related incidents in the country.
The incident which went viral on the internet last month led to a public outcry and supports for the victim from most political parties, aggrieved individuals, and even President Jacob Zuma.
The perpetrators, Willem Oosthuizen and Theo Martins Jackson, shoved Rethabile Mlotshwa into a coffin for allegedly trespassing on their farm. They also threatened to douse the coffin with petrol and set him alight.
Reports also linked the pair to another racial attack on 27-year old Delton Sithole. The victim confessed the two men assaulted him.
The duo appeared in the Middelburg Magistrates Court last week and abandoned their bail application; citing fear of jungle justice as a reason.