5 guilty of conspiracy to kill Mandela

2012-08-17 16:32

Pretoria - Five of the Boeremag accused were found guilty on Friday of conspiring to murder former president Nelson Mandela.

Nineteen of the 20 accused have already been found guilty of high treason.

Judge Eben Jordaan found Boeremag bombers Herman van Rooyen, Rudi Gouws, and brothers Johan, Kobus, and Wilhelm Pretorius guilty of conspiring to murder Mandela with a home-made bomb in October 2002.

The five were also found guilty of culpable homicide resulting from the death of Claudia Mokone in Soweto in October 2002.

Mokone died when a piece if steel dislodged by a Boeremag bomb on a railway line flew 400m through the air, penetrated the roof of her shack and struck her head.

The judge said the State had not proved that the accused murdered Mokone.

There were no houses visible near the railway line and the bomb went off at midnight when there were few people around.

Anyone planting a bomb would, however, foresee that someone could be killed.

The other 15 accused were acquitted on the murder charge.

Jordaan said they could not be held responsible for the negligent conduct of the five bombers.

He accepted the evidence of co-conspirator Deon Crous that he and the five bombers had decided to murder Mandela on the spur of the moment.

This was after they saw a newspaper report that he would open a school in Bolobedu, near Tzaneen.

They believed Mandela's death would result in blacks attacking whites in the country, leading to whites supporting the Boeremag's cause to take over government.

Those bastards

Wilhelm Pretorius' war diary, in language riddled with racist remarks, described in detail the attempt on Mandela's life.

According to the diary, they had immediately decided "k...., here we come" on seeing the newspaper report, because it would be the "sign" they had been waiting for if Mandela died.

Van Rooyen and brothers Johan and Wilhelm had travelled to Bolobedu with a home-made bomb intending to blow up the school.

The bomb was eventually put in a ditch next to the road they hoped Mandela would use.

Fishing line was strung across the road and two of them hid in the bushes to set off the bomb when they saw Mandela's car.

They had prayed that if they were destined to kill Mandela, the weather would not allow him to travel by helicopter that day.

According to the diary, they realised their plan had been thwarted when they heard a helicopter.

"We knew then that the k... can still be allowed to breathe," [die k... kan maar nog asem haal]," he said.

Van Rooyen later dismantled the bomb.

He and Wilhelm Pretorius hid in the bushes until dark, when Johan Pretorius came to pick them up.

The diary stated that God had protected them that day because they were not caught, despite being confronted by a "traffic cop" and a policeman.

Pretorius was dressed in an army uniform and managed to get rid of the policeman by assuring him they were busy with an "exercise".

The next entry in the diary was headed "Soweto, those bastards" and stated that the group would go ahead with bombing targets in Soweto because they had not been able to kill Mandela.

Sentencing will most likely be concluded on Monday, when judgment is expected against the last accused, Kobus Pretorius.

  • john.bollie - 2012-08-17 16:50

    How Stupid can people be?

      Malose-Nyatlo - 2012-08-17 21:07

      Scum of the earth!

      elewies - 2012-08-18 11:36

      I detest right-wingers. BTW where are all the people that usually call for convicted criminals to be hanged?

  • nmateke - 2012-08-17 16:52

    Morons need to rot in jails.... they don't belong to leave in this country. People only of peace share a day among those of peace like Tata "Nelson Mandela"....peace to Mokone!!!

      marnusmnorval - 2012-08-17 17:37

      This is a land of hypocrisy

      mofstok - 2012-08-17 18:10

      Not very tolerant are we azurite?

      salee.sithwell - 2012-08-17 22:20

      Mandela planted a bomb? Really? Pray, many people died there?

  • JManAtheoi - 2012-08-17 17:03

    "The diary stated that God had protected them that day because {...}." The funniest sh*t ever. Morons.

  • mofstok - 2012-08-17 17:04

    Murderers deserve the same fate. Let justice be served.

      bernard.ingram - 2012-08-17 17:55

      unintentional is not the same as intentional mofpok

      mofstok - 2012-08-17 18:10

      It was conspiracy to murder, I fail to see how it was unintentional.

      bernard.ingram - 2012-08-17 18:34

      did they actually murder who they wanted to? No, so they are are NOT murders. But, because they are white they are getting flak.

      themba.thwala.98 - 2012-08-17 21:19

      They had the intention to murder. It's recorded in Document 12. They just could not execute because, in Mandela`s case, they expected the weather to be on their side. Remember too that those who ratted against them were part of those murderous plans. Stupid amateurs!

  • Barefoot - 2012-08-17 17:04

    Lmao assassination plot depending on the weather? ha ha ha

      mofstok - 2012-08-17 17:08

      The boeremag boytjies are not the brightest of bulbs. I have seen butter less thick than they are.

  • trevor.pietersen.3 - 2012-08-17 17:16

    and the world watches the circus

      Rudolf - 2012-08-18 12:13

      You are referring to the anc circus running this once brilliant country into the ground- circus, Right...? Or the circus at Lonmin..? Or... or...

  • Philip Nel - 2012-08-17 17:46

    And this is why the death penalty needs to come back not only for this bit other crimes as well . Will definitely sort out the over populated prisons .

      bernard.ingram - 2012-08-17 18:02

      Death penalty for a threat, not killing anyone? Are you demented Phillie? Are you from Danville? Are you serious? So if I threaten to kill you, but do not, I get the death penalty? What is your IQ...4?

      inathi.mcapazeli - 2012-08-17 18:36

      the prison state is appalling really and considering the moneys spent on containing these people and how ur pockets and hard work also become victims of the system. Thats until it hits home and you get to wear the same shoes or better yet r framed to the point of you being convicted and you wish you could be given a chance. As unredeemable as those people in there seem, no one deserves to die at the hands of anyone.

  • tobydt - 2012-08-17 17:48

    "5 guilty of conspiracy to kill Mandela" How to win friends and influence people.

  • bernard.ingram - 2012-08-17 17:51

    What the hell....stop your crusade against white people current government! I don't condone killings, but WTF, this threat is not real. Just trying to score some points for the uneducated black people for the next election, cANCer???

      mofstok - 2012-08-17 18:12

      The threat was real enough: the stooges did manage to plant a bomb that killed an old granny in her shack.

      bernard.ingram - 2012-08-17 18:45 and your kind are slaves to zumaville...enjoy rotting

      salee.sithwell - 2012-08-17 22:26

      'T'would appear that on the contrary, with words like "crusade" in your vocab; and the contempt in your posts, you are the one that is rather anger! Any sane person would agree that these imbeciles have been treated as they deserve to be.

      morama.sebata - 2012-08-18 07:11

      azurite lerete la gago.

  • rivalani.mabasa - 2012-08-17 17:57

    Justice delayed is tantamount to justice denied.

  • inathi.mcapazeli - 2012-08-17 18:05

    Im overwhelmed by how much hate is still present in our country. Fine the anti-apartheid movement was more on a national level, 'stop the apartheid or else', yes it was an adjustment and perhaps one not everyone was ready to embrace. People from all racial groups really. As within their plan, if given a reason or enough encouragement hate would resurface from both groups. I guess im overwhelmed because i have been naive in thinking perhaps time would atleast take care of the hate component than the 'lets merge skins and use the same mirror for analysing our minds component'. How much more blood paint do our streets need really?? Hayi even the viruses have caught up to our blood affinity??

      bernard.ingram - 2012-08-17 18:16

      The sad part is reverse apartheid. Stop that and everyone will be happy.

      inathi.mcapazeli - 2012-08-17 20:16

      Im not sure if its that even azurite... reverse apartheid. Within both parties there seems to be a back-and-forth apartheid(segregation/ injustice supported by a group). Where on a national scale there seems to be segregation of the one group- unfair political and economic practices against the white man whereas in the informal or the under-current there are people like these folk or those who practice illegal tubal ligations on women or whatever. In my young eyes no group really stands to be innocent. If there is no political-economic victimization then there is the social-emotional one. Sure the one is more on our face 'cause it on a national level but is it really a one-way apartheid. If stuff like this in the article is still prevalent then how reverse is it? I dont know!! Sad for the land though because it has to endure these two people who are constantly making it drink the blood of the innocent. Now thats sad.

      salee.sithwell - 2012-08-17 22:27

      There is no such thing as reverse apartheid.

  • bernard.ingram - 2012-08-17 18:08

    That is SA, a lost case all-round The world is laughing at us! Blacks and Whites and Coloureds and Indians...we are failures!

      mofstok - 2012-08-17 18:11

      Speak for yourself.

      themba.thwala.98 - 2012-08-17 20:57

      Where were you standing in order to have sight of the whole world laughing at us?

      salee.sithwell - 2012-08-17 22:29

      The world has better things to laugh Chris Rock.

  • hesthavenharmse - 2012-08-17 19:59

    All 20 of the accused should be locked up, and the key should be buried at the bottom of the sea...

      salee.sithwell - 2012-08-17 22:29

      Will you go bury the key there?

  • diana.gill.18 - 2012-08-17 21:20

    Stupid but not surprising they decided to use his tactics.

  • sean.kedian - 2012-08-17 22:08

    The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants

      Rudolf - 2012-08-18 12:19


  • lientjiew - 2012-08-17 22:55

    I'm living in Ghana and let me tell u South Africans is so hooked/ obsessed / call it what u want with apartheid. Seeing that Ghana is mostly black u never hear the word apartheid black and white live together in harmony . We have respect for one another. I'm not blamed for things my forefathers forefathers may have done or did years ago. Wake up !!

      elewies - 2012-08-18 13:11

      Is that true? Wow that's awesome though

  • graeme.c.lok - 2012-08-17 23:06

    Seriously 20 delude Afrikaner SUPREMACISTs planning to overthrow a government start a war against their fellow South Africans because they're to selfish to share this country the rest of us. Send them into exile so we will never hear of their intolerance, ignorance and hatred again.

      graeme.c.lok - 2012-08-17 23:08


      Rudolf - 2012-08-18 12:20

      Yes you are...

  • julie.j.vanrensburg - 2012-08-18 08:28

    @themba.thwala.98 Submitted by Vusile Tshabalala on 2001-10-07 17:01 At the start of the previous millennium, in 1900, the number of African South Africans was found to be 3,5-million according to the British colonial government census. By 1954, our African population had soared to 8,5-million -- and by 1990, there were a full 35-million of us -- all carefully managed, closely policed, counted, shunted around in homelands and townships -- and all of us chafing and griping under the suppressive yoke of the Afrikaner Broederbond's rigid racial segregation system. During apartheid, our population grew apace however because we also had the benefit of the Broers' medical knowledge and their excellent agricultural skills. Our population growth and our average life expectancy in fact showed us to be in better than average health for other Africans on the rest of the continent: in the decades prior to the official policy of apartheid, (which was started in 1948), the average life expectancy of African South Africans was only 38 years. However, during the last decade of the apartheid era from 1948 to 1994, our average life expectancy had risen to 64 years -- on a par with Europe's average life expectancy. Moreover, our infant death rates had by then also been reduced from 174 to 55 infant deaths per thousand, higher than Europe's, but considerably lower than the rest of that of the African continent.

  • julie.j.vanrensburg - 2012-08-18 08:29

    And the African population in South Africa had by then also increased by 50% percent. (source: "a crime against humanity: analysing repression of the Apartheid State", by Max Coleman of the Human Rights Committee). Deaths due to political violence during apartheid: This authoritative book analyses all deaths due to political violence from 1948 to 1994 in South Africa and Namibia. According to its statistics, 21,000 people died in political violence -- of which 14,000 people died during the six-year transition process from 1990 to 1994. The book lists the number of incidents, dates, and those involved. This includes SA Defence Force actions, for instance the 600 deaths at Kassinga in Angola during the war in 1978. Of those deaths, the vast majority, 92%, have been primarily due to Africans killing Africans -- such as the inter-tribal battles for territory: this book's detailed analyses of the period June 1990 to July 1993 indicates a total of 8580 (92%) of the 9,325 violent deaths during the period June 1990 to July 1993 were caused by Africans killing Africans, or as the news media often calls it, "Black on Black" violence - hostel killings, Inkatha Freedom Party versus ANC killlings, and taxi violence.

  • julie.j.vanrensburg - 2012-08-18 08:31

    The activities of the Civil Cooperation Bureau as outlined by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, were also included in these figures. The security forces caused 518 deaths (5.6%) throughout this period. And again, during the transitional period, the primary cause of deaths were not security forces nor white right-wing violence against blacks, but mainly due to "black-on-black necklace murders", tribal conflict between the ANC-IFP, bombs by the ANC and PAC's military wings in shopping centers, landmines on farm roads, etc. After apartheid: The present Aids-HIV epidemic -- against which the Mbeki-regime undertakes no action and still is publicly failing to properly acknowledge -- the World Health Organisation estimates that more than 6-million African South Africans will be dead within the forthcoming decade. And the Mbeki-led ANC regime, which could have undertaken a huge prevention campaign such as Uganda's a long time ago, has done nothing to stave off this terrible death rate. SA hospitals "becoming places of death" - In November last year it was being reported in The Star that South African hospitals are becoming places for dying -- instead of healing. In June this year, it was reported that our cemeteries were filling up so rapidly that upright funerals were being contemplated to save space.

  • julie.j.vanrensburg - 2012-08-18 08:32

    Still, Aids is not being spoken about at our funerals, and the silence and utterly unscientific public statements about HIV-Aids from Mbeki's continue unabated while our people are dying. Democratic Alliance spokesman Jack Bloom warned late last year that the 20% rise in deaths over the past four years among patients treated at Johannesburg Hospital could only be blamed on the high crime rate and the very serious decline in patient care. Why is our patient care so poor now, and our crime rate so high? The answer is simple: our public funds are being looted by the ANC hierarchy. And the police seem helpless to stop it. Tuberculosis funds looted: Today, July 10, 2001, the health department announced that it was going to stop R6,6-million in annual funding to the SA National Tuberculosis Assocation because of the ongoing looting of its funds and the lavish lifestyles of its (African) executives, who award themselves R400,000 annual salaries and spend R5000 a month on cellphone calls alone... while millions of South African TB patients go untreated and are wasting away of a deadly, but curable disease. During apartheid, please note that the SANTA executives were seen to be extremely frugal with the governments' funding -- that many thousands of patients were cured annually, and that many doctors and nurses even VOLUNTEERED their services free of charge. The question is this: "why is this man still CEO of SANTA? Why has he not been fired on the spot?"

      elewies - 2012-08-18 13:18

      Julie I agree that we focus on the wrong issues and absolutely agree that the HIV/AIDS issue should be seriously addressed. However I don't know whether the Apartheid regime really went out of their way to address HIV/AIDS. Some family members of mine who were in the SAPS at the time told me it was common knowledge that the Apartheid regime secretly infected black people to try and reduce their numbers. For e.g. they would infect hookers with the virus so they could spread it to others. However I don't know whether this is true, but to some extent I can imagine the Apartheid regime resorting to tactics like this.

  • julie.j.vanrensburg - 2012-08-18 08:32

    The question is this: "why is this man still CEO of SANTA? Why has he not been fired on the spot?" Violent deaths from 1994 to 2000: And the SA Police reports that a total of 174,220 people died violent deaths, from crime-related violence, between 1994 and the year 2000. So my question is this: "did apartheid ever kill as many Africans as are now being killed by the deliberate neglect and looting of our tax funds by the current, supposedly democratic ANC regime?"

  • anthony.kay.965 - 2012-08-18 09:41

    How can these people have any brain? They are total idiots. They must throw the key away on them. Society does not need rubbish like that.Absolutly idiots and good riddance.

  • pjthesecond.eldest - 2012-08-18 22:11

    Add 10 years to their sentences for stupidity!

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