SOUTH AFRICA: The Flogging of a Kaffir

One hot morning last January, two young Boer farmers named Petrus and Pieter Gouws drove up to their neighbor's farm on the parching South African veld. The Gouws asked for Joseph Mokwatsi, a 17-year-old Negro employed as a field hand, explaining to his master: "We think he stole two jackets, and we want him to show us where he hid them." Joseph was handed over; the Gouws tied a leather thong around his neck, threw him into their truck and drove off.

Winding Sheet. To make Joseph confess, the Gouws tied him to a tractor and beat him with a hose...

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