White farmers receive jail terms _98501544_reuters

Two white farmers in South Africa who forced a black man into a coffin have been sentenced to jail for more than 10 years each, BBC report.

Theo Martins Jackson and Willem Oosthuizen were convicted in August for attempted murder and kidnapping.

They accused Victor Mlotshwa of trespassing on their land, beat him up, made him get into a coffin and threatened to burn him alive.

Jackson, 30, will be jailed for 14 years and Oosthuizen, 29, for 11 years.

The case has caused outrage in South Africa and highlighted racial tensions in the country – and in some farming communities. The courtroom today was fraught with emotion.

The judge looked visibly angry as she explained that throughout the trial the accused had shown “no remorse” for what they did.

For many South Africans, to watch on live television a black female judge sentencing white males for a racist attack on a young black man is a sign that things are slowly changing in this nation defined in its past by racial supremacy.

Twenty-three years after the end of apartheid, some will see it as a sign that the country may be coming of age.