THE trial against the two men accused of forcing Victor Mlotshwa into a coffin will begin today at the Delmas High Court.
They are facing charges of kidnapping and assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm.
The incident happened in August at JM de Beer Boerdery, near Komati power station in Mpumalanga.
Theo Jackson and Willem Oosthuizen were granted bail of R1 000 each on July 14 in the Middelburg Magistrate’s Court, after reapplying for bail.
Mlotshwa had noticed two Land Cruisers following him, the investigating officer Constable Dimakatso Bahula had told the court.
Bahula said the vehicles stopped and two men assaulted Mlotshwa and kicked him, without any explanation.
A video of the incident posted on YouTube showed one man forcing Mlotshwa into a coffin and threatening to pour petrol on him, while Mlotshwa pleaded with them to stop.
During an appearance in 2016, the pair told the court they had merely wanted to “teach Mlotshwa a lesson”. They claimed their actions were “negligible” and that they did not mean any harm.
The trial is set down for July 31 to August 10.