4 charged over plot to 'execute' Zuma

2012-12-18 11:44

Bloemfontein - Four men were charged with treason on Tuesday over a suspected plot to bomb a conference of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) and execute President Jacob Zuma and other top government officials.

The four, named as Mark Trollip, John Martin Keevy, Johan Hendrick Prinsloo and Hein Boonzaaier, were brought into court in Bloemfontein surrounded by security guards armed with assault rifles.

State prosecutor Shaun Abrahams said the men wanted to establish an independent Boer nation and that they were planning an assault on the ANC national elective conference currently under way in the city.

The plan included a mortar bomb attack on marquees housing ANC delegates, before an assault targeting Zuma and Cabinet ministers as they had dinner, Abrahams told the court.

Zuma and others were to be shot "in execution style", he added.

The intention of the group, which had been trying to buy AK-47 assault rifles, was "directly aimed at eliminating the leadership of this country", Abrahams said.

  • sakkie.sarel.9 - 2012-12-18 11:51

    Unfortunately cANCer is like a hydra. Cut off one head and two appears in its place.

      ganon.nhubunga - 2012-12-19 09:59

      Your friends are in jail, it houses both black & whites, I like this democratic setup, all in one, they are gonna face the reality!

      SarelJBotha - 2012-12-19 15:36

      when a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw.” ? Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom: Autobiography of Nelson Mandela

      brenton.tyrrell - 2012-12-19 18:22

      Well said, SJ and by virtue of their actions the ANC seem determined to bury Mandela's dream of a rainbow nation. These are misguided individuals who, like Madiba, want to right the wrongs committed by idiotic politicians (are there any other types?). These young lions are going to find themselves up against young lions of opposing viewpoints and the fur will really fly. This is only a precursor of things to come. 'The more things change, the more they remain the same...' Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr - 1849

  • osmaseko - 2012-12-18 11:51

    Yesterday they were not linked to the ANC conference today they are. Pathetic journalism

      tersia.louw.12 - 2012-12-18 12:00

      Is it pathetic journalism or pathetic police information? Hard to tell...

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-12-18 12:05

      Osmaseko, pathetic journalism or pathetic lies from those those that profit?.

      Billy - 2012-12-18 12:33

      seems like they were caught buying ak-47's? and thats it... ? the rest is all fabricated?

      lee.brand.73 - 2012-12-18 13:28

      dont think its the journalists. I think its the police spokesmen.

      Billy - 2012-12-18 14:39

      yeah sure i understand that nick, makes me think of that tom cruise movie, minority report you would think that someone masterminding such a plot, would have the brains not to leave the plans lying around? how dof must you be? although..., human stupidity has no bounds... im not condoning the actions or would be actions, i just find the lack of information and that the story has changed a few times, pretty suspicious. especially around the time of mangaung, knowing that the anc will stoop to any kinds of low to retain/gain support.

      morris.khunou - 2012-12-18 14:59

      To all mediocres! Zuma is your President until 2019,repent or choke in hatred and bitterness for another seven years! With us life is a party, celebrating everyday! Success leads to more success while failure leads to more failure!

      gestoffle.vaneerdenvark - 2012-12-18 22:16

      zapadela.tistarocha - go back to india rather, you not welcome here...

      oneconcernedude - 2012-12-19 09:09

      @ Khunou...very true, your statement, that is! "while failure leads to more failure!" The failure of the cANCer in so many instances is totally indicative of exactly what you say. Well done, you hit the corrupt government "nail" right on the head there, mate! One thing I don't quite understand though..."To all mediocres! Zuma is your President until 2019"...why do you say all your cANCer party buddies are MEDIOCRE...?

  • scouter.fourone - 2012-12-18 11:51

    Ummmmm - I think the term you are looking for is 'assasinate' and not 'execute'. There is a distinct difference .... the latter inmplies custody. How long before this report is repudiated? What an absolute joke....

      charles.maputla - 2012-12-18 12:07

      Don't you want 2 say prosecute maybe? Execute and assassinate both result in someone dying whereas PROSECUTE result with someone being jailed or acquited.

      scouter.fourone - 2012-12-18 12:30

      @Charles - clearly, my comment has flown right over your head.

      vracaza - 2012-12-18 15:36

      Scouter: There is nothing wrong with the headline. "Zuma and others were to be shot "in execution style"". Is it perhaps that you dont know what it means when some1 gets shot in execution style? Its the planned way of killing him that made the headlines not killing him. If he was just going to be shot e.g. by a snipper or short at close range and some1 running away then the headline would read "Assisination", bt execution style is very specific way of killing some1. Either you tell them to kneel down and you shoot them on the head , or they stand up and you fire at them directly, thats execution, a specific form of shooting some1. Do you understand now?

      salee.sithwell - 2012-12-19 01:45

      Indeed vracaza. The nice journalist has even put "execute" in inverted commas to make life easier for Scouter.

      oneconcernedude - 2012-12-19 09:14

      Like a supersonic jet a supersonic JET! Amazing how obtuse one can be when one attempts an "acerbic or (stifled laughter) INTELLIGENT retort" As I say...over his head like a jet.....

      oneconcernedude - 2012-12-19 09:25

      @ vracaza. Thank you for that "truly enlightening" explanation vracaza...According to your post here you purport to be both an "expert" in the English language and journalism, as well as in the fine art of "execution and assassination" Wow! A veritable "Bondlike" secret agent, are you? Impressive!

  • paul.nel1 - 2012-12-18 11:53

    Wow. Actions like this is going to make life very difficult for the rest of the White south Africans.

      JaredVN - 2012-12-18 12:17

      As opposed to the stinking racism being perpetrated against whites every day like AA and BEE?

      jeremy002 - 2012-12-18 14:58

      If all this is true, I am glad that they were stopped. The backlash would send the country spinning out of control and a lot more people dead. However, what I find interesting is that these right wing radicals always get caught. Are they just plain stupid, or do they have traitors in their midst? Why are they unable to carry something out? Do they ask one of their employees to help them load rifles into the bakkie, because they are on their way to the conference in Bloem? Do they make their plans within earshot of the house maid? Do they sit and brag about their plans over a few drinks at their local? Or is it that there is always someone amongst them that tips the police off. Interesting.

      rob.bayliss.94 - 2012-12-18 16:08

      jeremy? maybe the entire event is being portrayed in such a way as to ridicule anyone who has the temerity to try to oppose the powers. Surely these guys cannot be a stupid as they are being made out to be?

      Tuyez - 2012-12-18 18:18

      Jeremy if you believe that white are the only clever beings in this country. That means that there are clever whites who serve this country with loyalty and believe in justice. They are also anti racism. I think these stupid racist must go somewhere and I do not where and live where they wont see any blacks for the rest of their lives. But I do not know where is that cause blacks are now scattered all over the world.

      grant.callaway.50 - 2012-12-18 19:39

      @Jeremy - the country IS out of control! From here on, one of two things will happen: 1) South Africa descends into ruin, and the population starves (Zim Style), or 2) War! That's not necessarily a racial war. The general population may EVENTUALLY realise the poo they've got themselves into and decide to vote out the ANC. Should that happen, just like in Zim, the ANC will still "win". The only way the ANC will leave is if they are overthrown... When their support dries up, they will resort to force and violence - they will not stand down. Mark my words.

      SarelJBotha - 2012-12-19 15:38

      These type of things will not happen if the regime did not make law that made life difficult for all people. You need to always look for the real root of problems.

  • adrian.tyler - 2012-12-18 11:54


  • lee.brand.73 - 2012-12-18 11:54

    Dumb. Ah well they can look forward to 10 years awaiting trial. Trying to kill something that is terminally ill? Very dumb.

  • rowan.maulson - 2012-12-18 11:55

    Well that escalated quickly from just a random potential bombing... No real surprises there.

  • lee.brand.73 - 2012-12-18 11:57

    Dumb. Ah well they can look forward to 10 years awaiting trial. Trying to kill something that is terminally ill? Very dumb.

  • Eterni80 - 2012-12-18 12:00

    JZ should actually stop and take stock of SA as it is now. If he spent 10 minutes just reading the comments on forms like these, he'd get a rude awakening - but then what would he actually do about it ?? he'd form a committee, who would study the situation, after 3 years, they'd prepare a document that he'd 'study' - he'd then file the document away and smile and say to himself 'job well done' did these idiots honestly think the cANCer would allow anyone with bad intentions anywhere near their king ?

      zuma.compound - 2012-12-18 15:24

      He can barely read. Doubt he could log onto the internet...

      thato.seloane - 2012-12-18 19:43

      Zuma doesn't have to read nonsense. He running a outright, engaging with other presidents. Reading some comments from a disgruntled 0.5% white populace isn't a priority. My advice is join theANC ' bom a branch members and hen he will gt to hear your complaint

      grant.callaway.50 - 2012-12-18 19:44

      He doesn't "study". He "applies his mind"... ;)

  • njabulo.nhlabathi.1 - 2012-12-18 12:03

    If they lived in America they could have bought the assault rifles at Walmart :(

      hein.huyser - 2012-12-19 11:39

      Yep. They believe thst an armed citizenry keeps the criminals and the government in check. Someting we need to do here

      SarelJBotha - 2012-12-19 15:39

      Maybe they followed Mandela's good advice and you should too: when a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw.” ? Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom: Autobiography of Nelson Mandela

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-12-18 12:04

    If anyone can still make sense of this story, they are more awake this morning than me. Silly shenanigans?.

  • dirang.montsho - 2012-12-18 12:04

    if found guilty let them rot in jail and know that the ANC will rule 'till Jesus returns!

      dewaldmontgomery - 2012-12-18 12:27

      Yes, we're sure. And the poor will stay poor till Jesus comes. And corruption will be rife till Jesus comes. And electricity prices will skyrocket till Jesus comes. And neither Telkom, nor SAA, nor the SABC, nor Transnet, nor Eskom will be profitable until Jesus comes. And so on.

      Killbot79 - 2012-12-18 12:44

      Thanks for the laugh.

      asdhasgd - 2012-12-18 16:43

      How is this any different to what Zuma and his cadres are doing...?

      Jaap - 2012-12-18 20:00

      Dirang, What a pity, is it possible that you can actually become more stupid than you already are?

      mary.ball.925 - 2012-12-19 14:59

      Hmmm....I wonder if they'll be released in 27 years and come to rule. Someone has to try and stop this pure act of self sabotage being performed by cANCer. Methods were perhaps a little extreme but what defines 'Freedom Fighter?'

      SarelJBotha - 2012-12-19 15:42

      If I understand Mandela correctly they did nothing wrong or do you say that Mandela was wrong? when a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw.” ? Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom: Autobiography of Nelson Mandela

  • kyle.white.39750 - 2012-12-18 12:07

    Haha generalize much.

  • michael.i.wright - 2012-12-18 12:07

    Wait, yesterday they said these lot had nothing to do with the conference. Now they were plotting an assassination?

      johan.mostert.967 - 2012-12-18 15:47

      Also the day before yesterday it was 7 guys.

  • Tiyani - 2012-12-18 12:07

    What? Am not a Zuma fan but this is totally intolerable.

      zingisa.makuluma - 2012-12-18 12:18

      Who stop them

  • Stefan Erasmus - 2012-12-18 12:11

    Well said xolanit . They do not represent the white people with a iq more than 50.

  • Tiyani - 2012-12-18 12:11

    Ever since Zuma's presidency, the police had been a shame to SA. What the heck? Different tunes in 3 days? Do we trust the police in future?

      monica.borrageiro - 2012-12-18 13:05

      Have we ever been able to trust the police?

  • johan.jacobs.5680 - 2012-12-18 12:11

    How the hell can we believe them.

  • marius.d.toit - 2012-12-18 12:17

    How stupid!

  • reza.ryklief - 2012-12-18 12:17

    Does anybody else smell BS?

  • gary.doyle.520 - 2012-12-18 12:17

    Jz not worth a bomb or bullet by the pathetic boeremag, his self destruction and demise will be far better to watch.

      timmy.ditsele - 2012-12-18 14:00

      For once in my life i nearly supported the white supremiscist there for a momenthad they succeded.Stupid tof them to exclude black people when they want change the history of the SA,haven't they heard about BEE,AA,BBEEEE.Stupid if you me.

  • Karabo Phetoane - 2012-12-18 12:19

    people like this should be taken forever away from our society because their action might start an unnecessary civil war with their small stupid brains.

      dewaldmontgomery - 2012-12-18 12:29

      Not that I condone these guys, but if you ask any intelligent political commentator, the ANC itself is steering us toward civil war.

      monica.borrageiro - 2012-12-18 13:30

      I agree Karabo. Irrespective of colour, people like these four idiots and people like Malema and Zuma should be taken out of society. Have they not learnt anything by the history of Mandela, Terblanche and Verwoerd?

      SarelJBotha - 2012-12-19 15:46

      Bro, I have news for you, the civil war will not be started by whites. We know it will do no-one any good, but it will come from your own people. How long do you think they will keep on being lied to and just accept it? Clearly you missed the Arab spring...

  • faraimbx1 - 2012-12-18 12:19

    This government just took the Zimbabwean handbook on our to exterminate white people. Sad really

      monica.borrageiro - 2012-12-18 13:34

      It is sad Faraimbx because it is a carbon copy of what happened in Zimbabwe. The only difference being that they had South Africa to flee to when their money became more worthless than toilet paper. I hope that all the people putting their blind trust in this pathetic excuse of a government can swim, because that's the only place they have left to flee to.

      Tuyez - 2012-12-18 18:52

      @ faraimbx1 you have been hipnotised by these 4 idiots who live in a pipe dream. Why dont they leave the country if the hate blacks so much? Leave the boers and other white people who want to live peacefully with blacks in this country.

  • Tshepo Mongale - 2012-12-18 12:22

    People are very sad. How about living and letting others live? Now u are going to rot in jail?

      dewaldmontgomery - 2012-12-18 12:30

      They can be glad the ANC did away with the death penalty...

  • Silas Hlahla - 2012-12-18 12:24

    & they never change. it runs in the veins! hated 4 being black!

      Killbot79 - 2012-12-18 12:48

      The feeling is mutual in this current apartheid regime.

      Watkykj - 2012-12-18 13:11

      Pitty party much?

      monica.borrageiro - 2012-12-18 14:15

      And hated for being white. It runs in your veins.

      zuma.compound - 2012-12-18 15:26

      Over 3000 white farmers have been murdered by blacks. What do you say about that?

      SarelJBotha - 2012-12-19 15:49

      I think you are wrong. People hate not being free or did the blacks hate whites in the so-called freedom war, which offcourse would make the racists. We need to look for solutions that can actually work as what we have no sure does not work.

  • lee.brand.73 - 2012-12-18 12:24

    Has anyone else noticed that there is always a tip off? Their chinas always give the game away! Nobody ever has to work to catch them - they catch themseves. Very similar to the ANC. They could be brothers. Heh heh!

      phillip.mvundura.5 - 2012-12-18 14:19

      Just have to work harder and converge into mutuality... good solution

  • Almon Ngidi - 2012-12-18 12:24

    Ya ne ,the man is so powerful if you fail to bring him down you must kill him? you stupid!!!

      SarelJBotha - 2012-12-19 15:50

      If blacks did what was needed, they would have brought him down. Everyone knows he is not clean.

  • moi.carla.1980 - 2012-12-18 12:25

    A whole 4 of them were going to do all that?? Hmm..sometime spent in a mental institution might be a good idea for those 4.

      monica.borrageiro - 2012-12-18 13:38

      I don't condone what they did, but it took one man to assasinate Verwoerd.

      timmy.ditsele - 2012-12-18 14:02

      Only after coke and klippie

  • manjay.gates - 2012-12-18 12:25

    If these allegations leveled against these four men are true....Then 'execution' must creep in. We don't need such people in our society.

      Judy - 2012-12-18 12:43

      wow manjay.. now its okay to execute?..and what about all the other murderers who are in jail... can we have them extinguished too?

      monica.borrageiro - 2012-12-18 13:40

      Manjay, those are double standards and your comment reeks a bit of racism. Was Nelson Mandela executed? If they are found guilty, they belong in jail.

      nic.nomicos.3 - 2012-12-18 17:13


  • - 2012-12-18 12:25

    wow so many "cheap" cars standing there! Uhh they realy take our money not for the poor people!! 106 BMW X5's 28 Range Rover Sport 211 BMW Sedans, 11 Maseratti's, 103 Mercedez Benz Sedans and 9 Ferrari's #M

      nic.nomicos.3 - 2012-12-18 17:11

      @Freddy...yessir!!! The elite roadshow....the gluttons have to show-off while the ignorant uneducated masses suffer and yet still put the magic X you know where...

  • alan.delossantos.792 - 2012-12-18 12:27

    for trying give these men a bells

      Bennie Roos - 2012-12-18 12:46

      its time for us as a country to move on,and stop all this senseless crap,the boer people are a part of our country.

      monica.borrageiro - 2012-12-18 13:41

      Are you serious Alan? How can you condone that?

      nic.nomicos.3 - 2012-12-18 17:04

      @Alan....I hope you are joking dude....

  • alan.delossantos.792 - 2012-12-18 12:28

    4 charged for not getting the job done

      justin.simpson.54584 - 2012-12-18 12:38

      Alan, you're an idiot!!!

  • johan.d.toit.5 - 2012-12-18 12:30

    I cannot believe some of the comments that are being posted in response to this article. So it might not be sufficiently adequate journalism as some of you are saying, but that cannot be the point. How can any sane person think that a plot to assisinate or execute (whatever your preferred terminilogy might be) senior ANC leaders could in any way be justifiable is beyond me. It is this kind of attitude expressed by fringe lunatics that will keep our country divided. Stop it!!

      koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-12-18 13:00

      But that is the point Johan. A few guys who don't even know how or where to get a few AK's are going to take over the country by shooting good old JZ? You find nothing strange about this?

  • eland.snitbul - 2012-12-18 12:31


  • Billy - 2012-12-18 12:32

    k well, first you said there is not connection between these men and the anc conference, now you say there is? are you lying?

  • Modikoe.Elias.Ramongana - 2012-12-18 12:32

    U can't keep a good man down,if u can't beat him;join him.Ask Julius

      Killbot79 - 2012-12-18 12:51

      Never will I join them.

      themba.nsele.71 - 2012-12-20 14:08

      that's very clever

  • gary.dalton.75286 - 2012-12-18 12:32

    These guys...are they from Mangaung?

  • mmoledis - 2012-12-18 12:34

    Thoaw criminals want to cause chaos in this country og which they will never be given a chance this is a rainbow nation, we may differ politically and wise but when coming to protect this country we stand as one, so those people should just face life sentence in court they are dangerous to the society and nation at large. This country will never be like Libya,Egypt,Tunisia nor Mali those who want to distabilise it will meet a stiff and robust fight.

      Charles Frederik Robberts - 2012-12-18 12:38

      Wanna bet?

      SarelJBotha - 2012-12-19 15:55

      You are wrong. I however think that we can solve the problems if everyone just stops trying to make something work that is plain idiotic.

  • Judy - 2012-12-18 12:36

    Looks like anyone who vaguely draws the attention to themselves is now connected to Boeremag. Looks like comments and thoughts should be kept strictly to ourselves otherwise we may also be seen as a "threat" if we do not agree with our current Government. Smacks of Nazi.....Anything can be fabricated to have people thrown into jail for years to await trial.

  • Charles Frederik Robberts - 2012-12-18 12:37

    Sounds like they have something in common with some anc members

  • mkgatla3 - 2012-12-18 12:38

    I knew it! There is still lot of Boremagies in south africa!

      Killbot79 - 2012-12-18 12:51

      You had MK...

      dewaldmontgomery - 2012-12-18 14:10

      Funny, though, says the person with the gun as his avatar, in full fear of a minority even amongst the minority. Why, may we ask, as non-racial white people, are you so darn fearful of them if they are so insignificant?

  • Gorden Norman - 2012-12-18 12:39

    Is this an assumption or fact. First 7 men arrested for planning attack on anc gathering, then nothing to do with anc gathering now well headline say's it all. We all know assumption is the mother of all ***

      nic.nomicos.3 - 2012-12-18 16:23

      Sounds pretty much like when Mandela was in some hospital.....The drivel Mac-The-Maggot fed us....however if these guys are guilty they should not get away with it.... Hey what's the latest on Mandela anyone know???

  • mart.botha - 2012-12-18 12:39

    'Pinch of salt required'. Given that the ANC's Mo Shaik and his rabble rousers failed 'Subterfuge 101', there is little doubt that this smoke screen was constructed out of desperation to buy sympathy for a patently dysfunctional 'disorganisation'.

  • siphiwo.maurice - 2012-12-18 12:42

    If indeed, they were to disrupt / kill the leadership of this country, the ANC, they should be dealt with harshly in the sense of the law. They show that, they are not in the spirit of building this country and they are interested in creating havoc amongst this nation. The law must take its course.

      SarelJBotha - 2012-12-19 15:56

      Absolutely the law must take its course and thus Zuma and all his cohorts should be first in line.

  • trevor.pietersen.3 - 2012-12-18 12:43

    Why .... can't WE all just live in HARMONY???

  • hosia.modiga - 2012-12-18 12:45

    You all flipping useless if you agree with this kind of mentality!!!what is the difference between you and the guy who assassinated 20 innocent little kids.I hope your kids would not learn a thing from you and can see different side of this beautiful country of ours!!!

      bobo.jane.1 - 2012-12-18 15:08

      Exactly ! The same as all the useless people who voted for an ANC and their armed wing MK terrorists Including their presidents who ordered bombings on reasturants and other civillian places..pre `94..But they were freedom fighters weren`t they ?

  • christo.bosman.7 - 2012-12-18 12:50

    Not true, they always come up with this before a big ANC election. So obvious Politics.............

  • dericslab - 2012-12-18 12:53

    The ANC will try milk this for all it's worth! Try blame these guys for petrol prices and the Rand exchange rate while you at it...

  • george.pito - 2012-12-18 12:53

    I wonder how long did it take them and in what tent did they think this one out.

  • monica.borrageiro - 2012-12-18 12:55

    Have these idiots learnt anything by the history of Nelson Mandela, Eugene Terblanche and Hendrik Verwoerd? Violence begets violence and hatred begets hatred.