His victim is wearing the football strip of Johannesburg side the Orlando Pirates.
The video surfaced on YouTube and has been cited as an example of racially-charged brutality which isn’t uncommon in the “rainbow nation”.
Police forces are struggling to deal with the increasing lawlessness in the country, and vigilantism has become more common as a consequence.
This has prompted some people to comment that the black man may deserve his horrific punishment.
4The man is heard wailing in distress as the coffin lid is pushed down onto his head
4One of the white men says ‘put a snake in there’ as the horrific abuse is meted out on the black man
The post-apartheid nation has made a sometimes uneasy transition from white rule.
In January this year the South African Human Rights Commission received 160 racism-related complaints – the high monthly figure in its 20 year history.
It is almost twice as dangerous to be a white farmer in the country as a police officer, according to crime stats.
South Africa’s conservative Transvaal Agricultural Union estimates there have been nearly 3,000 violent attacks on farmers and more than 1,600 farm murders since in 1990.
Last year the organisation complained to the UN that the group were a persecuted minority in the country where white people make up nine per cent of the population.
The African National Congress (ANC) is trying to pass an “anti-racism” law that would jail anyone guilty of “racial bigotry”.