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Boeremag claims of enticement rejected

2012-07-24 20:37

Pretoria - Claims that the State helped plan a right-wing coup through agents working for it was rejected in the Boeremag treason trial on Tuesday.

Judge Eben Jordaan rejected the suggestion by the 22 accused that police informants, who were used as State witnesses, had acted as provocateurs.

He said the accused were not put off when they realised that there were informers in their ranks.

Some of them had in fact continued with the plan to overthrow the ANC government and had planted more bombs, which had caused a woman's death and had caused damage worth millions of rands.

This was after the first few trialists had been arrested and while some were still on the run from the police.

Additional bombs planned for Pretoria and Johannesburg were prevented only when the police arrested the last three accused late in 2002.

The State's allegation of an alleged coup conspiracy was not based only on the planning document known as "Document 12", but on numerous other documents and the totality of the evidence.

Document 12 was found on the computer of the first person arrested and the deduction was inevitable that he was its author.

Jordaan rejected argument that using former alleged co-plotters as State witnesses, testifying in return for possible indemnity from prosecution, was unconstitutional.

He also rejected claims that two of the accused were "forced" to make admissions late in the trial.

Although the accused claimed to have believed they were involved in a legitimate war against a "racist regime", Jordaan said they could not have believed that civilian targets, such as a mosque, were legitimate targets.

The 22 accused in the treason trial are accused of forming an organisation and recruiting others to overthrow the existing government, and of committing serious, violent crimes in the process.

They are also accused of the large-scale manufacture of explosives and of causing a series of bomb explosions which killed a person and caused damage worth millions of rands.

The accused denied all the charges at the start of the trial. Many of them changed their versions and made certain admissions only many years later.

A total of 194 witnesses have testified for the State, and many State witnesses spent months in the witness box.

Jordaan said he still had to prepare a part of his judgment and that he might take longer than the expected three weeks to deliver a summary of his judgment.

He will continue reading a summary of his judgment, against each of the 22 accused, on Wednesday.

Comments
  • chaplinncharlie - 2012-07-24 20:55

    194 witnesses... Either these guys where very sloppy or stupid...

      stewart.laidlaw.5 - 2012-07-24 22:48

      Fabrication

      JManAtheoi - 2012-07-25 08:38

      ..or both.

  • chaplinncharlie - 2012-07-24 21:02

    Just a quick question... How many people where killed and injured and what damages where there to the buildings during the Church Street Bombing???

      litha.luzipo - 2012-07-24 22:33

      .....and your point? these people who planned to kill masses but got caght in the process

      Heibrin - 2012-07-25 01:05

      @litha: the point is that the ANC cadres got off for those killings, because they thought they were fighting a legitimate war against a racist government. Sound familiar?

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-07-25 01:45

      @litho ~ The people who planned and did kill masses is now running the country.

      sanda.mnyazi - 2012-07-25 11:56

      Stupid question indeed!!! And it doesn't deserve an answer

  • lihle.majozini - 2012-07-24 21:06

    Give each of them 1000 yrs in jail before they could be considered for any parole.

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-07-24 21:08

      Lihle.. could you tell me on what bases do you want to put them in jail for a 1000 years? What about all the scum out there raping and killing for 5bob... they should get the same treatment, No?

      henry.bose.39 - 2012-07-25 10:31

      Release the freedom fighters instead.

      sanda.mnyazi - 2012-07-25 11:57

      Chaplinncharlie - these guys must be released ne? they were doing the country good........i also agree with you

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-07-25 14:26

      Sanda... all depends... If i look at this case then everything doesn't add up. If these people are guilty of any crimes they should be brought to justice like any other person. All i'm pointing out is that people are shouting for blood and the death sentence but they quickly forget that not to long ago we had the same situation and we just had to forgive and forget. Will they do the same is the question???....

  • abdol.goebels - 2012-07-24 22:12

    "Although the accused claimed to have believed they were involved in a legitimate war against a "racist regime", Jordaan said they could not have believed that civilian targets, such as a mosque, were legitimate targets” - Judge Eben Jordaan The Boeremag did exactly what was expected of them from GOD. The law of GOD states: 1. Deut. 17:15 “Thou shalt in any wise set him king over thee, whom the LORD thy God shall choose: one from among thy brethren shalt thou set king over thee: thou mayest not set a stranger over thee, which is not thy brother.” 2. Exo. 34:12-13 “ Take heed to thyself, lest thou make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land whither thou goest, lest it be for a snare in the midst of thee: But ye shall destroy their altars, break their images, and cut down their groves:” 3. Deut. 23:6 “Thou shalt not seek their peace nor their prosperity all thy days for ever.” So Judge! What about freedom of religion?

      oneant.kasinski - 2012-07-24 23:06

      religion left the building a long time ago.

      fredster.mania.5 - 2012-07-25 07:57

      JanRatkas, my nuwe Hero....ha ha ha.. se hom soos hy is

      cyberjerk.ingram - 2012-07-25 10:12

      Abdol so true……so true !

  • martinus.vanschalkwyk - 2012-07-24 23:34

    I can't help but feel sorry for these guys. For one thing, we all read very recently about how the NI manufactured completely a white right wing plot in Bloemfontein at the ANC meeting so that they could cyphon off billions into their own pockets claiming investigating this 'racist element'. If they did this so recently, what makes ANYONE think that they have not done something similar/exactly the same here? The woman that died was not a target, she was a very unfortunate casualty killed by a flying piece of metal hundreds of metres away, can't say the same for the thousands of whites who are deliberately tortured, savagely raped and then slaughtered by those-who-we-shall-not-speak-of. The Boeremag never targeted people, only government installations egged on by government agents. After all, how can you blame whites for everything without having some carefully manufactured proof to back it up? I wish them all the best! Sterkte ouens!

      Heibrin - 2012-07-25 01:07

      And that's the main reason we should never bring back the death penalty. How easy would it not be to have someone sentenced to death??

  • thando.ramncwana - 2012-07-25 06:27

    Tha Apartheid regime was unconstitutional, undemocractic, unethical, racist...etc that was why we fought against it and used the armed struggle. These buffoons are pissing in the wind because this regime is opposite to what the apartheid regime was, justice has prevailed......let them rot in jail.

      EricksonTL - 2012-07-25 07:44

      Yes... calling an elephant a bunny also makes it an entirely different animal, doesn't it?

      Hugh - 2012-07-25 08:29

      If apartheid was that bad, how do you rate the ANC's constitutional and human rights performance. Think carefully. The vote and paying out tax money is the easy part.

      hein.huyser - 2012-07-25 08:37

      @thando, the very thing that you accuse the old regime of, is a charge against this current regime. We are only halfway there. No one is free in this country. Yes, maybe we are free from the NP, but history is repeating itself through the ANC. What we need is a party that can take us into an era of True Liberty. And for that we need to shake the racist tag as well as the Stalin indoctrinations.

  • riotousr - 2012-07-25 09:15

    What do you get when you get comedians and clowns together? A bunch of zomboids masquerading as Boeremag. They are a diversion from the real deal. Just 22? Really? There must be more zombies with usable brain cells than what the apprehended 22 have, 113 brains cells amongst them, maybe. What a waste of resources. This people should have just been shot at a roadblock like their erstwhile general - Jacobus Herculaas de la Rey. Roadblocks, it's amazing what you can do with them. You know, like the erasure of Alwyn Wolfaardt, Nicolaas Fourie and Jacobus Stephanus Uys. A bunch of brainless tossers.

      jake.cronje - 2012-07-25 09:55

      @riotousr; Maybe you should be erased as well with your 1 very lazy braincell.

  • eyesears.handsfeet - 2012-07-25 11:09

    194 witnesses. Very convenient! Almost nine years later. Also convenient! One person dead compared to the massacred of their own kind? Convenient! Millions of rands damage compared to the strike damages, the service delivery damages, the overtime that need to be paid everytime for strikes. Priceless! And you want to accuse who?

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