Ratte to appear in court again

2010-10-15 07:25

Rightwinger Willem Ratte was set to appear in the Witbank Magistrates Court again today after being arrested during a police raid on his farm.

He and nine others appeared in court on Monday but the case was postponed to today.

The 10 were arrested in Balmoral, Mpumalanga, after police received information of a large number of arms and ammunition on Ratte’s farm and that people were allegedly receiving military training there.

An urgent application in the Pretoria High Court for their release failed when the judge turned down their request last Wednesday.

Ratte (62) was detained for the “protection of the constitutional democracy against acts of terrorism” and “possession of arms and ammunition”.

The preliminary charges were possession of dagga and unlicensed firearms.

Ratte earlier indicated that he would not apply for bail to show that he was “not happy” with the way the state had acted in this case.

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