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Second Accused in Maselspoort Resort Racial Attack Found Guilty

Published September 21, 2023
8 months ago

Following a racially-charged attack against two black youths at the Maselspoort Resort on Christmas Day of the preceding year, a second white man has now been convicted of attempted murder in the Free State. This incident achieved broad attention on social media when footage circulated, showcasing three white men instigating an assault to restrict the teenagers from using a public swimming pool, purporting it to be exclusive for white individuals.

The unsettling video evidence documents the adult men aggressively engaging the boys, employing physical techniques that included strain and hair pulling - some even held one boy underwater. This unmistakable scene of prejudice and violence led to an outcry demanding justice for the young victims.

Jakobus Klaasen, the second man accused, encountered his ruling this past Tuesday at the Bloemfontein Magistrates Court; he has been sentenced to serve either two years of incarceration or pay a fine of R20,000. Free State NPA's representative, Phaladi Shuping, detailed that Klaasen was further given "another five years that were wholly suspended for the same charge of attempted murder", on top of "36 months correctional supervision after he pleaded guilty to a charge of assault."

Moreover, the first man involved, Stephanus van der Westhuizen, had previously been sentenced to a year in jail or made to pay a fine of R4,000. Meanwhile, the case pertaining to the third man, Johan Nel, who is being charged with common assault and crimen injuria, is yet ongoing.

This story will be updated as more details emerge.

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