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2 South Africans arrested over racist coffin video

Two white South Africans have been arrested over a video in which a black man was forced into a coffin, BBC has reported.

The men reportedly face charges of “kidnapping and assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm”.

The 20 second video showed a white man forcing a black man inside a coffin, and threatening to pour petrol over him and set it alight.

The video, which was circulated on social media, has caused widespread outrage.

The men are due to appear in the Middleburg Magistrate Court on Wednesday (today).

The victim, Victor Rethabile Mlotshwa, was resisting and could be heard screaming as his captors – named as Willem Oosthuizen and Theo Martins Jacksonthen – threatened to put a snake inside the coffin.

It is not clear what happened to Mr Mlotshwa after the filming ended.

The opposition Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) said: “This humiliation can be based on nothing else but his blackness, which means it is in actual fact a humiliation of black people as a whole.”

The incident is said to have taken place at JM De Beer Boerdery next to Komati Power Station, close to Middelburg in Mpumalanga, the eNCA website reported