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Boeremag 'general' can't plead ignorance

2012-08-08 17:04

Pretoria - The Boeremag's "military commander" Dirk Hanekom knew very well the right-wing organisation was going to war and could not plead ignorance, the treason trial judge ruled on Wednesday.

Judge Eben Jordaan continued reading the summary of his judgment against Hanekom on Wednesday, but would reach a conclusion only on Monday.

He had already convicted 10 of the 20 Boeremag accused on a charge of treason arising from a right-wing plot to violently overthrow the government.

The court rejected Hanekom's claim that he "didn't have a clue what was going on" when a group of Boeremag members embarked on a "D-Day" mission on September 13 2002, aimed at planting bombs to create chaos in the country.

Several witnesses testified Hanekom was standing next to Boeremag leader Tom Vorster when he said there was no turning back and he would detonate the first bomb to show his dedication to the cause.

Vorster's plan was to move to Potchefstroom to take over the military base there after causing chaos by detonating car bombs at various locations in Gauteng. The mission had to be abandoned when the police received information about it.

Hanekom gave different versions of what had happened.

He said he had stopped the mission because it was "disorganised" and not because he had received a message that the police knew of the plans. He further said D-Day had merely been an exercise to see how prepared the Boers were to defend themselves in case of a large-scale, black-on-white attack.

One witness testified he was told to address Hanekom as "general". Hanekom admitted receiving a rank from Vorster, but denied ever being addressed as general.

Jordaan said Hanekom was Vorster's second-in-command and had helped draft the Boeremag's declaration of war on the government and call-up instructions to civilian force members.

He knew well they were going to war and knew much more than he would let on, the judge said. He also rejected Hanekom's claims that he had not been aware of cars being hired for car bombs.

Judgment continues.

Comments
  • victor.tamaranui - 2012-08-08 17:37

    These fungi need to just walk the plank........

  • siphiwo.maurice - 2012-08-08 17:47

    Hanekom is crying, crocodile tears. He knew very well all about the plan to drive blacks out of the country and overthrow the democratically elected order. If all found guilty, they must rot in jail as there is no place for such people in this country. We have come a long way to have what we have today.

  • Tony Lapson - 2012-08-08 17:56

    No doubt there are fools out there that support these pathetic gatte. "Be the change you want to see in this world." Did you want a world of violence and intolerance? It's sad to think that these people probably still convince themselves that they were doing the right thing, and that they are victims of the 'system'.

  • Shane Loxton - 2012-08-08 21:33

    Man enough to make the plans but cant stand tall when caught, do the deed do the time wanker, man up!

  • joyce.kweyama - 2012-08-08 23:05

    THE COURTS MUST MAKE A LESSON OUT OF THESE PEOPLE GIVE THEM THE SEVEREST PUNISHMENT

  • vusi.sithole.359 - 2012-08-09 06:56

    They are from Holland

  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-08-09 09:00

    These plonkers must stick to their convictions like the Rivonia Trialist and stop being little pussies. Who knows one day the might come out heroes of the Afrikaner liberation struggle. None of them should serve less than 27 years!

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