Poison found on treason plotter

2013-01-12 00:00

BLOEMFONTEIN — One of four alleged right-wing treason plotters planned to poison Bloemfontein’s water supply, the state said yesterday.

Martin Keevy, one of four men arrested in connection with an alleged plot to attack the ANC’s conference in December, had the highly toxic agricultural chemical Temik in his possession when he was arrested, investigating officer Captain Francois Laux told the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

If successful, the plan could have killed thousands of people.

Keevy, Mark Trollip (49), Johan Prinsloo (49) and Hein Boonzaaier (50) are applying for bail after nearly a month in custody.

They face charges of treason and conspiracy to commit acts of terror. They allegedly planned to attack a dining hall at the University of the Free State during an ANC gala dinner, hoping to kill many members of the ANC and government.

Prosecutor Shaun Abrahams argued that Trollip went to Ficksburg last year to buy weapons for the “Battle of Mangaung”.

When he was arrested, he had R15 000 cash on him.

Hours later, he made a confession before a Bloemfontein magistrate.

Connie Geldenhuys, for Trollip, argued that he never tried to buy weapons and had no interest in overthrowing the government.

For Keevy, Marius Bruwer said the allegations against his client are far-fetched, ridiculous and fantastical.

He said that Keevy did not know how to fire the RPG-7 rocket launchers, AK47s, R1 and R4 rifles that the state said the men planned to use.

For Prinsloo, Johan Kramer said his client had no connection to André Visagie, leader of the far-right group Geloftevolk Republikeine. He said Prinsloo never had any explosives or mortars and did not know how to use them.

All four deny that they were involved in planning any acts of terror.

The bail application was adjourned to January 23 for final argument and judgment.

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