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Two white South Africans convicted in coffin assault of black man

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Theo Jackson (left) and Willem Oosthuizen (right) appear in the Magistrates Court in Middelburg, South Africa, on Nov. 16, 2016. The two men have been convicted Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, of attempted murder, kidnapping and other charges. (AP Photo/Files)

Theo Jackson (left) and Willem Oosthuizen (right) appear in the Magistrates Court in Middelburg, South Africa, on Nov. 16, 2016. The two men have been convicted Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, of attempted murder, kidnapping and other charges. (AP Photo/Files)

JOHANNESBURG — Two white South Africans accused of forcing a black man into a coffin and threatening to set him on fire have been convicted of attempted murder, kidnapping and other charges.

A judge on Friday delivered the verdict in Middelburg in Mpumalanga province in a case that prompted national outrage and debate over the legacy of white minority rule, which ended in 1994.

A video showing the racially charged incident circulated on social media last year, leading to the arrest of farmers Willem Oosthuizen and Theo Jackson.

It shows a man cowering and moaning in a coffin as part of the lid is pushed over his head and upper body. A man is heard threatening to pour in gasoline. Another threat is made to put a snake in the coffin.