Boeremag accused taken to hospital

2011-06-01 13:40

The Boeremag treason trial’s oldest accused, Vis Visagie, was rushed to hospital after falling ill in the dock.

One of his co-accused, Dr Lets Pretorius, treated the 72-year-old Visagie in court today, but said tests would have to be done to ascertain what was wrong.

Visagie was then taken to hospital.

Visagie, Mike du Toit, Herman van Rooyen, Tom Vorster and Rudi Gouws yesterday tried to escape from the court after spraying an ammonia-like substance into the eyes of police guarding them.

Du Toit was brought to court today but remained in the cells, complaining that he was not feeling well.

Another accused, Kobus Pretorius, complained that he was emotionally under pressure, could not see his psychiatrist and “could not go on like this”.

Visagie collapsed shortly after one of the defence advocates, Louisa van der Walt, resumed her final legal argument, resulting in the trial being delayed for a further day.

Two of the original 22 Boeremag accused, Herman Scheepers and Frederick Boltman, have died since the trial started eight years ago.

The five would-be escapees appeared in court in leg irons and belly chains today while the six other accused who are in custody with them also had to wear leg irons for the first time.

Prosecutor Paul Fick SC said the accused had lost all privileges, to prevent a recurrence of yesterday’s escape bid.

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