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Judgment underway in Boeremag trial

2012-07-23 15:44

Pretoria - Judgment finally got underway on Monday morning in the Boeremag treason trial, more than nine years after the trial commenced in the North Gauteng High Court.

Only 18 of the 22 accused were present in court when Judge Eben Jordaan started the arduous task of summing up the record of the evidence, which alone comprises over 50 000 pages.

Alleged Boeremag chaplain "Oom Vis" Visagie, who underwent spinal surgery last week, and Fritz Naude, who earlier had a stroke, were not in court.

Several of the accused are still constrained with leg irons and belly chains after an escape attempt last year.

The accused face charges of high treason, murder and attempted murder as well as alternative charges ranging from sabotage and terrorism to manufacturing explosives and the illegal possession of firearms.

Bomb blast

The charges relate to an alleged right wing coup plot to violently overthrow the ANC government, chase all black people out of the country and establish a "Boer Republic".

The murder charge relates to a bomb explosion at a railway line in Soweto in which a metal bar flew 400m through the air and landed on a shack, instantly killing a woman sleeping inside.

The attempted murder charge stems from a plan to murder former president Nelson Mandela.

The State has asked for the conviction of all of the accused of treason, but the majority of the accused claimed they did not have a fair trial and that their rights were violated by correctional services and the Legal Aid Board.

Some of them also argued that they should be regarded as prisoners of war as they were soldiers engaged in a legitimate armed struggle for self-determination.

Judge Jordaan however found that the accused were not soldiers involved in an armed struggle against a racist regime, as they claimed, and were not entitled to be regarded as prisoners of war.

Detailed war plan

He said blowing up targets where the "enemy" was not aware of a declaration of war could not objectively be regarded as waging war.

The judge commenced his judgment by referring to several documents, including a detailed war plan known as "Document 12", on which most of the charges are based.

The plan envisaged a sort of Boer "Utopia" in which there would be no murders, value added tax or debts.

It also envisaged the appointment of a new military government without the complication of democratic elections.

The plan envisaged making the country ungovernable by bombing strategic targets.

Later versions escalated into launching revenge attacks, attacking black townships and "eliminating" whites who opposed their plan.

Security was particularly tight at the court and all members of the public and a large media contingent who attended the trial had to go through metal detectors before entering the court.

Judgment continues.

Comments
  • jackie.stone.501 - 2012-07-23 16:07

    Let the $h!t hit the fan

  • lerato.motshana - 2012-07-23 16:19

    this case must just come to an end, it embarass all South African's whether black or what, this is just a reminder of the pain caused by this idiots.

  • john.loveland.9 - 2012-07-23 16:19

    They obviously don't have a problem with 'firing squads'. Seems a fair way out. Luckily they didn't have a kangaroo court, a system they seem to approve of, or it would all be done and dusted by now.

  • themba.thwala.98 - 2012-07-23 16:36

    Look at how the guys are smiling, their skins are glowing, and they even took the time to shave their long unkempt beards! They really seem to be enjoying their all expenses paid holiday shackled in Pretoria Central Prison's Maximum Security Section. So please Judge Jordaan, the guys will be clearly miserable if you did not extend their holiday by another 25 years each, WITHOUT parole :)

      victor.tamaranui - 2012-07-23 18:29

      Life without Parole is the preferred sentence required here,

      jackie.stone.501 - 2012-07-23 20:58

      @Voiceinthedesert.co.za hahahaha So you think one day we could refer them as our or your struggle heroes. That day would be Jesus's second resurrection

      Honker - 2012-07-26 16:45

      @victor.tamaranui Listen genius, the next time your precious Mr. Showerhead let's thousands of murderers and rapists free on the street, do you think he'll let these civilized, mostly very old people out so they can live out their lives in peace? I doubt that. Your ANC is a bunch of cowardly racists. These trials are because of the ANC terrorists' butthurt over countless of humiliating defeats at the hands of a government that was so much more than they could ever be. The excuses are wearing thin now. When Zuma blames Verwoerd, a man with probably double his IQ, who died almost 50 years ago, for something that happened this year, you know your precious ANC is grasping at straws. In the end it is their own people who will yank them from power and bash their heads in, in typical African style.

  • phiwo.gasa - 2012-07-23 16:41

    Boer utopia!! Lmao!!!

      rob.baggaley - 2012-07-23 17:34

      Yes it is funny ! LOL.

  • luke.gray.549668 - 2012-07-23 16:48

    where's Team America when you need them!

  • Tshepo Mongale - 2012-07-23 16:51

    legal system is f**d up Nine years? Do you know how long is nine years?

  • firstseed.mbeva.9 - 2012-07-23 17:03

    Media must be allowed at the proceedings like the ideal situation at the disciplinary hearing of suspended National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach

  • Stlouis Heidtmann - 2012-07-23 17:39

    to kill mandela would be wrong but to over throw the anc now is heroic but not by the bloody boeremag

      scebberish.umfazi - 2012-07-24 05:26

      Best way to overthrow a democratically elected government is at the ballot box. To do that you need to educate the people. To do that everyone needs to play a part, without always expecting monetary gain.

      Honker - 2012-07-26 16:48

      @Stlouis Will you please tell me what you know about the "Boeremag?" Maybe you could show if your opinion is made up by facts known by you, or if you are just following the herd?

  • jally.khanyile - 2012-07-23 18:35

    you see for an uneducated man a solution is to kill. you see that African indigenous utilized he's brains to achieve being a ruling in South Africa to be specific. now look how really bad the idea was, how can you get rid of the original, like finish them lol! was there any brains applied? i personally don' think so. THEY GONNA LEARN!

  • mondli.ngwenya.31 - 2012-07-23 18:52

    Well I'll be damned?! The boeremag is on News24! I mean, so many thumbs down???

  • julie.j.vanrensburg - 2012-07-23 20:42

    "The murder charge relates to a bomb explosion at a railway line in Soweto in which a metal bar flew 400m through the air and landed on a shack, instantly killing a woman sleeping inside." Sooooo... And I have quite a few other questions: for instance, I would love to meet that magical, cat-eyed individual who had somehow managed to spot "two suspicious white men" at a completely unlit railway station in the middle of Soweto... since it was not only in the middle of the night, but also very dark outside due to a heavy thunderstorm. There's that other question which really bothers me: since there were so many bombs, it must either have been placed by a large group of people working very quickly and efficiently -- or a few working for what must have taken hours. So why weren't more "suspicious white men" spotted in Soweto that night? •http://www.news24.com/News24/South_Africa/Gauteng/0,1113,2-7-829_1278247,00.html

      lerato.kay.3 - 2012-07-24 04:20

      Good for you! You got evidence to exonerate your retard racist friends, approach the bench becoz with such info they will walk out free

      scebberish.umfazi - 2012-07-24 05:33

      Leroy; tell that to the families of all the xenophobia victims of the new order in South Africa.?

  • Piet - 2012-07-24 09:09

    The biggest reason why they have a bad name is because of the media. The goverment does not want the boeremag to have support, because if they do have support, what will happen.......

  • yani.kruger - 2012-07-24 18:19

    it is a extremely sad day in the history of a wonderful country: South Africa, if you relalize some of this whole logistical juridical press it is nothing but a political sham trial 55,000 pages of absolute,useless soundless idiotic evidence based on hearsay and a few young white South African men trying to impose a ridiculous idea, to take 9 years of torture and agony in the Pretoria Central prison is enough to send anybody to the lunitic asylum. however, once you read how the famous Judge EBEN JORDAAN, he's holiness joking and mocking that he would need to add probably a good dose of whiskey to his Water so that he can read 30 pages of evidence on the first day,it makes one think that Judge EBEN JORDAAN, can be classified as a alcoholic and a incompetent Judge. God bless South Africa and all the white South Africans that aline themselves, with the ANC murderers is government. let's not forget why Nelson Mandela and HIS BLACK THUGS were put in jail. http://www.netcomuk.co.uk/~springbk/enemy.html my heart and soul is with these who are young political pawns, that are peraded, at the joy of 35 million illiterate, black. Your day will come sooner or later by the form of the ballot box and ANC government would be put back where they belong, and I will rejoice to see all the "SAAMLOOPER en KLIPGOIERS" every dog has HIS day, and ask judge EBEN JORDAAN, to consider he's alignment with the ANC government and stand up as PROUD WHITE SOUTH AFRICAN, and gave these men a fair trial,

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