Boeremag convicted seek reprieve

2013-01-14 22:29

Johannesburg - Boeremag members found guilty of high treason could apply for their convictions to be overturned, the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria heard on Monday.

They claimed new evidence of a police conspiracy against them had surfaced.

Judge Eben Jordaan postponed the action by 20 Boeremag members to 24 January to give them time to seek the advice of a senior advocate.

Paul Kruger, who represents some of the accused, said a former policeman, Captain Deon Loots, had made statements about the alleged conspiracy which were published in a Sunday newspaper in October last year.

Rapport published two articles which quoted Loots claiming police spies had planted evidence and enticed Boeremag members to commit crimes.

He said crime intelligence eavesdropped on conversations between the accused and their lawyers while they were in custody.

Initial indications were that they might bring an application in terms of Section 38 of the Constitution, which deals with the right to approach a court concerning the violation of fundamental rights.

He said he was only allowed to consult with Loots in the middle of December because he had to work through Loots' lawyer, who initially did not want to let him talk to Loots.

"I could not put a gun against the man's head. I was in his hands," he said.

Senior prosecutor Paul Fick objected to the trial being postponed.

"The court has already made a finding and cannot review itself. The application will have to be made before another court."

Defence advocate Bernard Bantjes said if there was substantial evidence, the men's conviction would have to be set aside by another court.

High treason

Jordaan started giving judgment in the nine-year trial in July last year.

He convicted the last of the 20 accused - master bomb-maker Kobus Pretorius - in August last year.

All 20 were convicted of high treason resulting from a far-right wing plot to overthrow the ANC government.

The Boeremag's bomb squad - Kobus Pretorius, his brothers Johan and Wilhelm, and Herman van Rooyen and Rudi Gouws - were also found guilty of attempting to murder former president Nelson Mandela.

In addition, they were convicted of murdering Claudia Mokone, who was killed when a piece of steel dislodged by a Boeremag bomb planted on a railway line was flung into her shack in Soweto in October 2002.

During his judgment, Jordaan rejected claims the State had taken part in planning a coup.

Although the accused claimed they were involved in a legitimate war against a "racist regime", Jordaan said they could not have believed that civilian structures, such as a mosque, were legitimate targets.

  • Brian Dorning - 2013-01-15 05:56

    They must serve their time! But why are they called 'Boeremag'? These guys aren't farmers? No wonder there is a hate speech song about 'shoot the boer'. Its time that SA clears up that farmers aren't the threat or enemy and that they have nothing to do with these clowns!

      mattewis.kat - 2013-01-15 06:42

      To take from your enemy you have to formally identify & demonize him. Look to Zimbabwe and you will understand. In 2000 the "war veterans" marched on the lands. You will see the timeline corresponds with what's currently happening here, and keep a sharp lookout for radical change in land ownership policies in the near future. Both the final act of the "Boeremag" trials and the so-called "Maung conference bomb plot" aren't a coincidence, but only serve to subdue and shame the farmers by associating them with terrorist groups before they are coerced into giving up their farms (or having them removed).

  • khanyo.ngwane.9 - 2013-01-15 07:00

    Liezl, really now? What is so special about your skin compared to others? Should I list the comparison for you? I'm sure you will never ever say this nonsense again.

      guru100 - 2013-01-15 10:38

      the way they are so obsessed with skin color, you would think they wanna be like us

  • khanyo.ngwane.9 - 2013-01-15 07:06

    Ernest, why are you so apologetic to the level of stupidity, you even re-quote your lousy statement to prove how much you can bow to a white madam? Long road to freedom for you. She is telling you that you are jealous of her skin & there you are justifying nonsense. Lastly stop generalizing & calling JZ & his colleagues thieves. Which court convicted them to warrant such titles? We know boeremag were convicted & yes you can call them whatever.... Coz the court has found them guilty. Stop playing into the hands of apartheid & liberate yourself.

  • sango.jika - 2013-01-15 07:07

    keep those terrorists in prison, they don't deserve a second chance.

      Beverley Ainsworth - 2013-01-15 07:58

      Mandela was also a terrorist but you gave him rights to freedom and treat him like a demi - god now! just saying that we all have human rights.

      sango.jika - 2013-01-15 09:10

      Beverley there is a deference between a freedom fighter and a terrorists Mandela was a freedom fighter boeremag are terrorists or do you support what they were doing. If mandela was a terrorist you wouldn't be here right now its all thanks to him for forgiving your people for what they did to him and other freedom fighter otherwise you wouldn't be writing such crap.

  • truthis.tway - 2013-01-15 07:18

    "although the accused claimed they were involved in a legitimate war against a "racist regime", Jordaan said they could not have believed that civilian structures, such as a mosque, were legitimate targets." - ANC did.

  • mica.gogome - 2013-01-15 07:29

    How can a reasonable person be so much concern abt the colour look whereas the interior is what makes a human kind maar he?Unbelievable.

  • Trevor Moller - 2013-01-15 07:29

    Dear Khanyo let me educate you about nature black is black white is white lions are lions and elephants are elephants now each one gets its turn at the water hole those who dare share do it at some risk so its every persons choice as to who they want to share the hole with and that must be respected you cannot force people to do things they dont want to do. There are some animals on this earth that expect to be accepted everywhere they go its not like that if the party gets to rough move on

      guru100 - 2013-01-15 10:07

      again sir, if you take your head out of your ass, you will realize that in life you have to do things that you don't wanna do. live with it

  • MIffkebuis - 2013-01-15 07:31

    These guys must have been fed up with all the farm murders that have and are still going on but seem to have been fed under the rug

      tshepo.lekote - 2013-01-15 08:20

      U r more dan welcome 2 join dem or better still y don't u start ur own gang

  • arthur.salvado - 2013-01-15 08:31

    We don't need their type in our society as much as many other types, white and black. Put them all away.

  • jaco.pretorius.7777 - 2013-01-15 12:38 Genocide???????????????????????????????????. I wonder what we will then call what Mr Mugabe did with his fellow country men (Black countrymen). What the ANC did in exile at training camps!!!! I will never defend apartheid that was and will always be wrong but please stay within context. Genocide is where a total race is wiped from existence. If I look around me it is quite the opposite in South Africa

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