Boeremag doctor wants new bail conditions

2012-08-30 22:33
<a href=\\>Shutterstock</a>


Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Boeremag - The Boeremag doctor convicted of high treason, Lets Pretorius, asked the High Court in Pretoria on Thursday to change his bail conditions.

His counsel Piet Pistorius argued that a bail condition added after Pretorius' conviction was a form of harassment "in anticipation of cancelling bail".

He said this condition which banned Pretorius from attending political meetings should be scrapped because it was vague.

It did not adequately describe what was meant by a political meeting and could be used at any time to arrest Pretorius.

Pretorius was politically active in extra-parliamentary affairs and it was well known that he prescribed to the idea of self-determination for the Boer nation.

He was involved in cultural activities and wanted to attend Afrikaner women's day and Day of the Vow (Reconciliation Day) celebrations.

He often attended court cases involving farm murders in support of the victims' families, but had no control over the speeches others made, Pistorius said.

He argued the bail condition was unnecessary and unconstitutional.

"Anti-government sentiments cannot be forbidden. They are expressed every day. Think for example of the ANC Youth League's undertaking to make the Western Cape ungovernable," Pistorius argued.

"If he wants to take part in extra-parliamentary activities he cannot be stopped by bail conditions."

Pistorius also applied for the variation of bail conditions stipulating that his client had to report to the police between 06:00 and 18:00 daily and remain under house arrest at night.

Pistorius argued that these conditions should be relaxed because it interfered with Pretorius’ work as a doctor, who had to be available for emergencies 24 hours a day.

Prosecutor Dries van Rensburg said there had always been an agreement allowing Pretorius to make special arrangements with the investigating officer regarding his work.

He argued the ban on attending political meetings was for Pretorius’ own protection.

These meetings were "a breeding place for mischief" and the State did not want to have to charge him with high treason for a second time.

"The situation has changed. He has now been convicted of high treason. He can be thankful that the court granted him bail pending the conclusion of the case," said Van Rensburg.

"The conviction has made it more important to monitor the accused. The house arrest is a fair and reasonable condition under the circumstances."

It might be good for Pretorius to distance himself from any activities where affairs of state were discussed, Van Rensburg said.

Judge Eben Jordaan pointed out that criticising the government was not an act of high treason.

He postponed the application to give the State and defence time to try and reach an agreement about Pretorius' bail conditions.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Watch: Investing in the future through child development

An investment of R32-million into 11 early childhood development centres is changing the future for children in the Northern Cape.

Partner Content
What all investors should know about index investing

Index-linked investments are growing fast in popularity globally, and are growing in size and complexity too.


Weird things dogs do

Caught your dog doing something... well a little bit odd? Don’t worry, there’s a simple explanation for his behaviour.



Makeover saves dog’s life
For the love of Corgis!
Can we communicate with our pets?
8 great natural remedies for your pet
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.