4 charged over plot to 'execute' Zuma

2012-12-18 11:44
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Bloemfontein - Four men were charged with treason on Tuesday over a suspected plot to bomb a conference of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) and execute President Jacob Zuma and other top government officials.

The four, named as Mark Trollip, John Martin Keevy, Johan Hendrick Prinsloo and Hein Boonzaaier, were brought into court in Bloemfontein surrounded by security guards armed with assault rifles.

State prosecutor Shaun Abrahams said the men wanted to establish an independent Boer nation and that they were planning an assault on the ANC national elective conference currently under way in the city.

The plan included a mortar bomb attack on marquees housing ANC delegates, before an assault targeting Zuma and Cabinet ministers as they had dinner, Abrahams told the court.

Zuma and others were to be shot "in execution style", he added.

The intention of the group, which had been trying to buy AK-47 assault rifles, was "directly aimed at eliminating the leadership of this country", Abrahams said.

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