Right-wing leader warns of bloodshed

2011-03-31 09:44

Kimberley - Former AWB leader André Visagie said that due to an increase in farm murders, the "ANC should take what is coming their way".

Visagie, leader of the Geloftevolk republicans, was speaking shortly after appearing at Kimberley Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday, on charges of unlawful firearms and ammunition possession.

The right-wing leader also mentioned "revenge attacks".

Visagie was released on bail of R10 000 after being arrested at his home on Tuesday. His home in Heuwelsig was searched by several police units.

According to national police spokesperson Colonel Vushnu Naidoo, police seized 14 suspected stolen cellphones, two laptops, one personal computer, about 650 rounds of ammunition of various calibres, five homemade shotguns, one unlicensed 9mm pistol, one cellphone modified in such a way that it could be used as a remotely activated detonator for an improvised explosive device, several samples of possible explosives, gunpowder and a number of documents.

Revenge attacks

In a statement released on Wednesday by the office of the Geloftevolk republicans, sent by Visagie via email, he said the organisation warned last year if farm murders didn't decrease, his leaders would not dissuade members from taking revenge attacks.

"There were warnings recently by the leader of the Lion brigade (Leeubrigade) that a second Blood River was on its way and is being ignored by government. Therefore the ANC has to take what is coming their way," read the statement.

The Lion brigade is another right-wing organisation, which warned in a video on the newspaper Sondag's website that blood would flow.

Visagie was released on condition that he reported every Monday at the Kimberley police station. He was also not allowed to leave the Kimberley and Jacobsdal districts without permission from the investigating officer.

Magistrate Lunga Mbetane postponed the matter to May 20. The prosecutor was advocate Sean Abrahams of the National Prosecuting Authority. Visagie was represented by advocate Sakkie Nel.

Visagie made news last year when he appeared on e.tv's Africa 360 programme and stormed out during a debate with political commentator Lebohang Pheko.

 
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