>> Assault with intent to do grievously.>> It's a case that's inflamed racial tensions in South Africa. Two white farmers who beat a young black man before forcing him into a coffin and and threatening to burn him alive.>> I hereby find you both guilty. Those men, Theo Martins Jackson and Willem Oosthuizen found guilty on Friday, of kidnapping, assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and attempted murder.
Woods' was outside the court.>> The atmosphere outside the court, we saw supporters of the African National Congress, supporters of the DA, and supporters of the Economic Freedom fighters singing and celebrating after the verdict was handed down. What the victim, victim law was addressing, that he was happy that his accuser found guilty.
>> Key to the case was this footage of the September, 2016 attack which was spread widely on social media. The voice in the background can be heard threatening to douse the coffin in petrol.>>
]>> The case has caused outrage in the country where deep racial divides still exist, 22 years after the end of apartheid.
>> Today's verdict will not necessarily ease racial tensions, in that there are similar other cases that still need to be resolved. In past few weeks, we saw a video surfacing on the Internet where white people were beating black people, so there are a number of these cases, and really, as a nation, we haven't reconciled.
>> 80% of South Africa's population is black, but the country's economy is overwhelmingly controlled by the 8% of the population that is white. Sentencing has been set for the 23rd of October, the prosecution will be asking for lengthy jail terms