2 more Boeremag members guilty

2012-08-14 18:34

Pretoria - Two more Boeremag members, Dr Lets Pretorius and Jurie Vermeulen, were found guilty of high treason on Tuesday, bringing to 13 the number of convicted members.

Pretorius was named "medical commander" in Boeremag leader Mike du Toit's "war plan" for a rightwing coup to overthrow the ANC government.

He was also part of a convoy on its way to plant bombs in the Pretoria-Witwatersrand-Vereeniging areas in September 2002.

The mission was abandoned because police got wind of the plan.

According to the evidence, Pretorius had ordered two paramedics who worked for him to accompany the convoy in case of injuries, but the paramedics went into hiding because their wives refused to let them go.

Judge Eben Jordaan rejected Pretorius' claim that the so-called "D-Day" convoy had been an innocent exercise and that he knew nothing about a plan to overthrow the government.

He said it was highly unlikely that Pretorius' three sons, who described themselves as soldiers of the "South African Boer Republic" and asked to be declared prisoners of war, would not have told him of their plans.

Jordaan said Pretorius had been aware of the masses of weapons, ammunition, petrol, cylinder bombs, and 23 buckets filled with explosives being loaded onto a truck and bakkies before the convoy left that day.

He had also been present when the goods were unloaded at the accused Herman van Rooyen's farm after the mission was called off.

Jordaan said one only had to look at photos of what was found at Van Rooyen's farm to see why the court did not believe Pretorius.

He said it was clear Pretorius had lied to police after his arrest when he told them the truck had been stolen.

By then he knew police had found the truck full of arms and ammunition and some of his personal possessions in Lichtenburg.

Pretorius testified that he had been "98% sure" that a huge black-on-white attack, referred to as "the night of the long knives", was going to take place, but had left his medical supplies and family behind.

Jordaan said if he was so concerned about an eminent attack he would have warned more people, such as his staff and members of his church.

He rejected Vermeulen's evidence that he had attended numerous Boeremag meetings "under fear and duress" because he feared he would be shot if he withdrew.

Vermeulen's claims that he knew nothing about a coup plan were also rejected.

Jordaan said Vermeulen had willingly sworn an oath of allegiance to the Boeremag's cause and had willingly attended meetings at which the coup was discussed and the terrorist acts were planned.

Vermeulen would not have been given the rank of major in the Boeremag's army if he was not involved.

It was highly unlikely that the Boeremag's inner circle would have harboured an "ignoramus" in their midst, Jordaan said.

Judgment continues.

  • morama.sebata - 2012-08-14 18:57

    There's a lot of such people who believes in what they were thinking but unfortunately would never come rite because to overthrow a state is not child's job!!!

      jackie.stone.501 - 2012-08-14 19:49

      You are correct, you just have to read their comment on news24

      victor.tamaranui - 2012-08-14 19:53

      These fools were probably posters here at N24 .... Just the mantra required to upgrade intolerance right here at N24.

  • chris.debeer1 - 2012-08-14 19:05

    So SAD...

      jackie.stone.501 - 2012-08-14 20:09

      Hey do wanna share what is bothering you, I don't think is a good thing to tell N24 readers about your personal unhappiness. I feel very sorry if they are giving you problems at home or if it is your wife, but hold on very strong with the hope that things will turn alright one day

  • andre.vandeventer.16 - 2012-08-14 19:41

    It is sad, but this is what happens when people become despondent by bad, corrupt and inefficient government that degenerate capable intelligent people to nothing but mere tax payers with no say where there history is denied them!

      sam.ntshangase - 2012-08-14 19:47

      why yo did nt join

      jackie.stone.501 - 2012-08-14 19:54

      @sam Good question, I would like him to hear the answer to that as well

      victor.tamaranui - 2012-08-14 19:55

      Deluded fools whom just digest the facts they require and not all the facts relevant to RSA. This is what happens when stupidity meets ignorance.

  • sam.ntshangase - 2012-08-14 19:48

    How I wish I was jail warder, where they are imprison

  • fort.horseman.7 - 2012-08-14 19:50

    You may have taken down all the 'whites only' signs in SA.But in their heads they still stand straight up.

  • jackie.stone.501 - 2012-08-14 19:57

    In fact what does a "Boeremag" mean?

  • Don.Tandy - 2012-08-14 20:05

    Lock the idiots up. There is no room for people like this in any society. Lowering yourself to this sort of level puts you on a par with the likes of fatboy malema.

      jackie.stone.501 - 2012-08-14 20:13

      Don focus please, you loosing the focus now youth man or are you stuck in the past

  • Dikotsi Ramakhera Petrus - 2012-08-14 20:16

    It is sad that Andre Van wat wat, 'understands' why these terrorists planned to take this country to war. It is as if their plan started after they had 'seen' the failures of the new Government. Think again

  • charles.gallacher.161 - 2012-08-14 20:23

    It has to be understood that these people were subjected to an immensly powerful propaganda machine that had indoctronated their parents before they were even born. The subjective fear that was imposed on them by the terrified ancestors is manifest in their behaiviour. These crimes against the state were commited long before any evidence of incompetence on the part of the current government was available and their conduct endangered everyone in South Africa. There cannot be any justification for their actions other than mental corruption imposed by the adult racists that raised them. The sins of the fathers....

  • malusi.shumane.7 - 2012-08-14 20:48

    At least “Facebook rapist” will get some in jail. That one is guaranteed. White morons. If they have farms now is the perfect opportunity to invade them, we will be reposessing after all.

      Piet - 2012-08-15 16:01

      And who is the racist now??????? He maslusi????? Tell me please????

  • ndyeboreginaldmazawule - 2012-08-14 21:27

    White people here in Cape Town still expect black people to give way for them in pedestrian roads.

  • mzwandile.dlamanzi - 2012-08-14 21:51

    Day dreamers. If you dont know boeremag, in the dictionary it goes like this: Boeremag; see Eugen Tere Blanche.

  • eric.f.moloi - 2012-08-14 22:30

    ask Mandela abt treason,he paid dearly,but 4 a good cause

      Randomhero6661 - 2012-08-15 10:16

      eric, it's justified to kill people (civilians) for a good cause? Mandela was a terrorist. period.

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