Finally Pres. Zuma has finally broken his silence on the coffin assault case of a black man Victor Rethabile Mlotshwa.
Addressing the National Council of Provinces at a gathering in East London on Friday‚ Pres. Zuma lambasted the two white men for their shocking and despicable act, describing it as “shocking and painful in the extreme”.
The President said the coffin assault is a clear picture of the deep-seated racist attitudes that still prevail in some parts of the country – where black people are still regarded as lesser human beings.
Pres. Zuma vowed that the white men must face the full force of the law. Not only them, he told his listeners that any other individual caught carrying out various acts of racism “in our non-racial democracy” must also pay dearly for his actions.
On Wednesday two white men Willem Oosthuizen and Theo Martins Jackson appeared on charges of kidnapping and assault with intent of grievous bodily harm to a black man.
Many believe Mlotshwa was humiliated simply because of his blackness. Others, including the white folks, vehemently agreed the incident was outrageous and grossly offensive to the sense of decency.
The duo appeared earlier this week in the Middelburg Magistrate’s Court. The case continues on January 25.