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Third Boeremag member convicted of treason

2012-07-30 15:45

Pretoria - A third Boeremag member, Brits engineer Rooikoos du Plessis, was convicted on a charge of high treason on Monday.

Judge Eben Jordaan convicted brothers Mike and Andre Du Toit on the same charge last week.

On Monday, he found that Du Plessis had actively taken part in planning a violent rightwing coup and the military take-over of the government.

He was also a member of the inner circle of the Boeremag.

Du Plessis had attended numerous meetings in 2001 at which the coup was discussed and had travelled all over the country to recruit supporters.

He was also the main speaker at many meetings where he discussed the visions of Boer prophet Siener van Rensburg to drum up sympathy.

He often played songs by Afrikaans singer Koos du Plessis, whom he called a visionary.

Du Plessis's usual speech was to warn that blacks would go "on the rampage" and kill whites when former president Nelson Mandela died and that whites had to be ready to defend themselves.

At later meetings, Du Plessis openly talked about a coup and about taking over military bases.

He also talked about the new government and said a Boer court would be formed after the coup that would try "traitors", such as former president FW de Klerk and former military commander General Constand Viljoen.

Some of the discussions centred around keeping attack helicopters on the ground during the coup and shooting pilots if necessary, or destroying the aircraft to stop resistance during the coup.

Placing sharpshooters around airports and shooting down a Boeing to create chaos were also discussed.

Jordaan said Du Plessis had been involved in discussions about the formation of so-called shadow commandos.

It was his idea that the commanders of commandos should be involved in the coup plot.

Where they were not sympathetic, shadow commandos should be formed.

He told witnesses he needed 8 000 commando members for the coup.

Later, after his house was raided by police in October 2001, Du Plessis carried on with his coup plans.

He was also involved in testing explosives with a view to blowing up electricity lines.

Du Plessis featured prominently in Document 12, the "war plan" drawn up by Mike du Toit, which set out the coup plan in detail.

Jordaan said after Du Plessis withdrew his involvement in the coup plan late in October 2001, he did not tell authorities about the plot.

Jordaan's summary against the 20 accused is expected to take up to another two weeks or longer to complete.

Comments
  • john.kirkwood.9619 - 2012-07-30 15:52

    bunch of idiots.

  • themba.thwala.98 - 2012-07-30 16:07

    The Game was over before it even began for these amateurs ... Lol

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-07-30 16:28

      Yes I agree.

  • JManAtheoi - 2012-07-30 16:08

    What are sentences for high treason in SA?

      azande.futhi - 2012-07-30 16:42

      we still have to witness, its a gonna be a debut sentence.

  • smalefane - 2012-07-30 16:10

    Boeremag-Afrikaaner version of AlQaeda.

      jowza1 - 2012-07-30 16:13

      you give them too much credit

  • tshepo.selelane - 2012-07-30 16:13

    Hahahaha... These okes screwed themselves.

  • Malose-Nyatlo - 2012-07-30 16:25

    Boeremag, Piet Skiet, Rooikoos, Klein Piet, Boomslang and the list goes on and on.

      wehan.victor - 2012-07-30 16:39

      a List of what exactly?

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-07-30 16:25

    The more brandy and coke these as*holes drank the more brazen & clever they became !! Slim het sy baas gevang !! Bunch of dumb sh*ts !! No more brandy for you!! Only coke !! enjoy goal!!

  • bond.ndalo - 2012-07-30 16:39

    SENTENCE THEM TO LIFE IN PRISON

      nkululeko.mkhize2 - 2012-07-30 18:15

      Life in prison , oh no wait a minute what about their eternal lives as well ! Lol !

      devon.riley.52 - 2012-07-30 20:29

      And then they can get out on medical parole in 3 weeks if they polish the spear

  • jacques.vanderlith.7 - 2012-07-30 16:40

    Shoe it sounds like these guys got their training for the ANC before the fall of apartheid.Is this not the same plans the ANC made.When wil country eve have peace.what a day that would be,what a day.We can only pray and ask God to please help before we go back to where we were,a country on the brink of war.

  • freddie.miff - 2012-07-30 16:41

    He played songs by Koos du Plessis... ??!! No!! Hang him!!! The rest is pure fantasy and dreams of an naive, malcontent, hardly treasonous. Stupid, but not treason.

      jowza1 - 2012-07-30 16:58

      give us your definition of treason

  • azande.futhi - 2012-07-30 16:43

    Three down. How many more left?

  • eyesears.handsfeet - 2012-07-30 17:01

    another judge licking @@@@, as usual.

  • ashdan3333 - 2012-07-30 18:15

    When will ure fools realise that this country belongs to GOD and not to u... He has the title deed... Not u.... So if u thk u own this land keep it.... Black or white...

      victor.tamaranui - 2012-07-30 18:44

      Which, What , Where God ??

      ashdan3333 - 2012-07-30 19:21

      When u die... Ask him ureself...

      victor.tamaranui - 2012-07-30 19:25

      hehehehheheheee........... What a load of tripe......You ask it, I don't intend stopping by

  • ndyeboreginaldmazawule - 2012-07-30 18:52

    So we also have a some kind of Kuu Klax Klans in this country trying to kill us. Bucnh odidiots should rot in jail. This ( blacks would go "on the rampage" and kill whites when former president Nelson Mandela died and that whites had to be ready to defend themselves) is sick.

  • Japana101 - 2012-07-30 18:52

    Seems like a lot of people here feel very disappointed that there has been no chaos in SA. Keepn on dreaming, detractors. There are more than enough whites, Indians and blacks who want to see this country moving forward.

  • TDMaffodi - 2012-07-30 20:54

    If you are unhappy here i think you better leave. There is Zimbabwe, Botswana ,Namibia, Mozambique Swaziland in the North you can go and live with uncle Bob in peace.

  • John - 2012-07-30 22:14

    I still fail to comprehend how one can commit TREASON if one has not sworn allegiance to.

  • paco.rodriguez.9210 - 2012-07-31 08:41

    he needs to change his name to Rooinek Du Plessis

  • eyesears.handsfeet - 2012-07-31 09:39

    The militant and radical youth are the life and the brainchild of the ANC, Youth League deputy president Ronald Lamola said on Monday. http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/Politics/Radical-youth-part-of-ANC-Lamola-20120730 I wonder who should really be prosecuted for High Treason and how many blood is already on their hands? Enough said!

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