According to the commission allegations of racism make up 80% of the 10000 human rights complaints it receives annually on average. File photo
According to the commission allegations of racism make up 80% of the 10000 human rights complaints it receives annually on average. File photo

In response to the conclusion of the coffin assault case at the Middleburg High Court earlier today, Amnesty International South Africa’s Executive Director Shenilla Mohamed said:

“The conclusion of this grotesque case sends a clear – and welcome – message that acts of racism or discrimination will not be tolerated in South Africa.

“The government must now move with speed to finalize the Hate Crimes legislation in order to deal decisively with incidents of discrimination.”

Background

Two men were arrested after forcing Victor Mlotshwa into a coffin and threatening to pour petrol over him in August 2016.

They were charged with kidnapping, assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm and attempted murder and were put on trial at the Delmas regional court in Mpumalanga province.

In October 2016, the South African cabinet opened the Prevention and Combating of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill for public comment. The draft legislation is awaiting approval by cabinet.

For more information or to request an interview, please contact:

Mienke Steytler, Media and Digital Content Officer, Amnesty International South Africa office +27 11 283 6000 or +27 (0)64 890 9224 (mobile) [email protected]

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