Suspected right-wing members plotting church attacks arrested

2011-11-26 07:30

Three suspected right-wing members planning to attack churches were arrested in Naboomspruit, Limpopo police said yesterday.

Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said the three were arrested at a farm near Naboomspruit (Mookgopong) when the police were called to an arson scene.

“On arrival, members discovered that the farm is being used as a training centre for security guards who are then deployed to work on farms.”

He said the three men previously received training on the farm, but were kicked out last week after causing problems.

They returned on Thursday night, and forcefully gained entry on to the farm.

An argument started between them and people living on the farm, and they allegedly set alight two tents.

He said that during the arrest, police confiscated several self-made weapons such as swords, bullet-proof vests, helmets with spikes, batons with spikes and suspected bomb manufacturing material.

“Further investigations revealed that the suspects might be involved in a religious cult and they were planning to attack churches during service times.

“They believed that only whites were to live in South Africa, the rest must be killed.

“Leaflets believed to be occult related were also found on the premises.”

Mulaudzi said photographs of different churches were found on their cameras and cellphones.

They were expected to appear in the Naboomspruit Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

They face charges of arson and possession of dangerous weapons.

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