Boeremag kingpin was unrelenting - judge

2012-07-26 22:19

Pretoria - Leader of the right-wing Boeremag organisation, Mike du Toit, who was convicted of treason, vowed that his coup plan would not be derailed, even after police raided his house, a court heard on Thursday.

Du Toit, a former teacher and history lecturer at the Vista University with a master's degree in philosophy, was one of the first of the 22 treason trial accused to be arrested in 2002.

"We can come to no other conclusion but that accused number one [Du Toit] was a main role player in planning to overthrow the existing government," said Judge Eben Jordaan.

Jordaan said the evidence showed Du Toit was the author of a "war plan", known as Document 12, found on his computer after police raided his house in October 2001.

The plan entailed creating chaos in the country, taking over military bases and cities, chasing blacks and Indians out of the country, and replacing the African National Congress-led government with white Afrikaner military rule.

Du Toit had often discussed creating a "trigger" for the coup and chasing blacks into the sea.

Ideas for the "trigger" included blowing up the Vaal dam, shooting down a Boeing, creating a "World Trade Centre situation", cutting off electricity to major cities, and the death of former president Nelson Mandela.

Jordaan found Du Toit had continued with his coup plan even after police raided his house and discovered Document 12.

He told witnesses he would not allow his plan, on which he had been working for seven years, to be derailed.

Jordaan said all the evidence presented by the State fit together like a puzzle.

"We cannot believe that each of the State witnesses, as Du Toit and the other accused would have it, had fabricated their evidence for one or other obscure reason," Jordaan said.

The National Prosecuting Authority welcomed the conviction.

"This is encouraging and [a] clear boost to the fight against any efforts to undermine state security," spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga said.

"We are confident of securing convictions even in respect of the rest of the accused."

Massive support

State witness, Colonel Koos Holtzhausen, who managed to infiltrate the organisation, said Du Toit had assured him the organisation had "massive support" and that his plan was "100% workable".

He told Holtzhausen they were recruiting members under the guise of farm security.

Another State witness, Willem Grobler, testified that Du Toit had been livid after the raid on his house and vowed to create the trigger preceding the coup within days.

He said Du Toit would call up 450 men from the Eastern Transvaal (Mpumalanga) to come to Pretoria and shoot blacks indiscriminately to create chaos.

Du Toit told one witness he was definitely continuing with his plan and that so many "kaffirs would die that it would not even be funny", Grobler said.

Grobler said he was so concerned about Du Toit's plans he tried to delay it by telling him about a meeting with a man who claimed he could manufacture a "weapon of mass destruction" in the form of gas which could kill hundreds of people.

He said Du Toit was very interested in this.

Several State witnesses, who were part of the organisation up to then, testified they became wary and withdrew from the plans because they realised they were busy breaking the law.

Jordaan accepted evidence that Du Toit had been present at a meeting at a strip club early in November 2001, during which a military radio, time switches and batteries were provided to a State witness to blow up power lines.

Du Toit said at that meeting he could get a missile to blow up a Boeing in the Cape, and discussed testing explosives.

At a later meeting, Du Toit vowed revenge against the police who he claimed had planted software, and child pornography, on his computer.

Jordaan found that another accused, Tom Vorster, had taken over from Du Toit as leader of the Boeremag early in 2002.

Du Toit was present when Vorster handed out war booklets, appointed commanders and discussed a series of bomb explosions to act as a trigger for the coup.

Members had to swear allegiance to the Boeremag, were handed a bullet, and warned that traitors would be shot.

Vorster made it clear at that meeting that the Boeremag had declared war on the government.

Judgment continues.

  • chabi.sesoko - 2012-07-26 23:12

    Lock up the Trash....forever.

  • david.walt.7 - 2012-07-26 23:37

    The actual plan they had was pretty friggin retarded. No logistical thought actually invested into it. These guys were seriously living in a fantasy world without any concept of anything war related. They were likely old army grunts with grand ideas of being military strategic thinkers, but without any idea of strategic/tactical planning, implementation or holding conquered ground or even the basic economics of sustained warfare. They deserve what they get, but the current government should be aware that they should keep the guy on the street happy otherwise a very real and effective uprising could happen.

      leon.puth - 2012-07-27 08:20

      agreed. this guy has a masters degree and he messed this up completely. also, his motivation was racism, not freedom, yet he wants to blow up commercial jet which 100% of the time has a mix of all races on. not very smart, put this idiot away

      klippies.coke.7 - 2012-07-27 10:04

      Yeah, sounds to me like they have been spending way too much time in front of the telly

      smellarat.smith - 2012-08-03 18:28

      Agree with the general sentiment expressed in this exchange. These people are deluded. The outside world would definitely intervene to root them out in the very unlikely event that they would have initial success with their brain dead plot. They should be locked up because they are dangerous in the sense that they have been considering civilian targets. Anyone of us could have been on the plane these idiots were planning to shoot down. Lock them up. But also lock people up that make threats against any part of the community, including farmers.

  • brent.goldwyer - 2012-07-26 23:51

    Too much Klippies and Coke.................

      klippies.coke.7 - 2012-07-27 10:00

      Or not enough...

  • farmfreund - 2012-07-27 00:01

    No worse than the Anc MK's

      Randomhero6661 - 2012-07-27 10:17

      but ratsaka, if the boeremag are against black people and you are against the boeremag isn't that the same thing? you see its your logic that baffles me, its ok for you to do that to them but they dare not do it to you? i tell you what this world needs, a overall culling of people who do not want to work to greater good... of any race of any culture whatever... or we will all perish... because of our society and hate for one another, we will never go forward, poverty, famine, racism, hatred, my god your god war, unequal ism will always be there... just saying! don talk strategic plans when you havnt thought it all through...

      farmfreund - 2012-07-27 13:17

      randomhero6661 -, then there will only be 3 people left in SA,

  • introvert.introverts - 2012-07-27 00:10

    This case seems to be one of the longest prosecutions in the history of South African democracy, after ten years and the trial is still continuing. Analytically speaking these Boeremag were smoking something very strong to think that their mission would be accomplished.They deserve punishment which is equivalent to their insane attempts.

      mphozana.manfred - 2012-07-27 06:50

      Very strong in deed. I loke that

  • jackie.stone.501 - 2012-07-27 00:46

    please news24 readers step up and complete this guy's project, you can't just let his sacrifices become futile. On another note, I wish other convicts (murderers,rapist,etc) have access of watching TV/news so they could give those boys some fellowship initiations. Mike du Toit good luck with jail time, and we will see how stout you are in the cell. I hope you live to see hell

  • nkosinathi.nkosi.37 - 2012-07-27 00:48

    LOL too much ganja can do wonders......i dont understand how come a lecturer can think of something stupid like that.

  • nkosinathi.nkosi.37 - 2012-07-27 00:51

    when useful skills are utilized uselessly, i really dont understand how a teacher/lecture can think of somethng like that!

      devon.riley.52 - 2012-07-27 02:04

      And he has a master's degree in philosophy and he comes up with crap like this? I thought philosophers are wise people

  • duncan.gill1 - 2012-07-27 01:23

    This should be a warning to most people in this country that as stupid as these plans were by the Boremag there is a definite will at play here!No people can live anywhere in the world and not have political expression..the biggest mistake of everyone involved in our countries transition in 1994 was to consider only the black aspiration and totally ignore white,Indian and Colourd political needs.

  • Billy - 2012-07-27 01:47

    ja jong, as jy dom is moet jy ... on another note, isnt it strange lots of plans to overthrow the government and cause chaos, etc. etc. 27 years in jail for him?

      Randomhero6661 - 2012-07-27 11:11

      i see what you did there...

  • Hloney Lehlohonolo Mogajane - 2012-07-27 05:45

    Be warned: all comments are being viewed by NIA.... Do not get too involved refrain from self incrimiting.. New laws on social sites: u can be prosecuted for ur comments!!!

      tw2066 - 2012-07-27 06:14

      Oops ... Viva Comerade shower.... I mean Zumas! Viva. Viva Comerade whatsisname viva..... And for the record, the DEVIL made me do it......

      andre.burrows.92 - 2012-07-27 12:48

      Keep struggling comrades!!!

  • craig.blewett.5 - 2012-07-27 06:32

    @Brent, you hit the nail on the head.

  • steve.matsane - 2012-07-27 07:02

    This is one of the reasons I and many others will keep voting the ANC Amandla....!_____!

  • stefan.v.dupreez - 2012-07-27 07:16

    What a retard!

      patson.nedzamba - 2012-07-27 08:12

      I cannot believe the guy has Masters in Philosophy. Sh*tty ideas will always come from strip clubs meetings.

  • sbudesh1 - 2012-07-27 07:18

    white Afrikaner must be happy that the plan will go on

      patson.nedzamba - 2012-07-27 08:17

      provide them with strip clubs and this retarded ideas will go on

  • siliziwem - 2012-07-27 07:25

    Only Rambo

  • Wanda Mazwati - 2012-07-27 07:58

    this. guys. have. hadred. towards blacks yerrrrr

  • Pierre - 2012-07-27 08:26

    Sounds like the ANC to me...

  • may.bee.988 - 2012-07-27 08:32

    Left wing .... right wing All a bunch of idiots!!!

  • daniel.motlhatlhedi - 2012-07-27 08:33

    life sentance. I think other farm security groups should be investigated 2.

  • azande.futhi - 2012-07-27 08:40

    Teacher: "Class, do you know the difference between MK and Boeremag?" Keith:"Yes, the boeremag are idiots and MK was inteligent". Teacher: "Why do you say that, Keith?" Keith: "Boeremag was fighting for White Supremacy and MK for freedom for all who were oppressed in SA". Teacher:"What is the difference?" Keith:"The one is racism driven and the other human rights driven". Teacher: "Spot on Keith, you may sit down".

      The-Azanian - 2012-07-27 09:51

      Spot on Azande...

      jowza1 - 2012-07-27 10:04 you got the boermag supporters on this page confused.guess they will have another meeting at a strip club

      azande.futhi - 2012-07-27 10:33

      I don't understand why people would dare claim that boeremag are freedom fighters. What freedom? Its absurd to even compare their cause with MK's.

      Randomhero6661 - 2012-07-27 12:23

      teacher: did keith make a valid point there class? clasS : YES MA'AM Teacher : anyone else have something to say ? Andy: can i say something Ma'am? Teacher : Surely Andy Andy : i agree with keith on his statement, but is that because his parents told him to believe that? Keith: that's absurd. Teacher: calm down... Andy: i mean keith what makes you believe that? Keith: it is the truth Andy: According to who? Keith: The ANC! Andy: but how can you support a statement and defend a military wing that also had its atrocities and claim full immunity from wrong doing? Keith: I can its my democratic right... Andy: keith one day you will realize the people who tell you stories are only there to F@CK you. Teacher : ANDY! Andy : Apologies class. Keith you may now get of your high horse. BELL rings!

  • kebokosher - 2012-07-27 09:21

    "And the death of former president Nelson Mandela." Let him try...

  • sipho.masilela2 - 2012-07-27 09:29


  • thabo.seleke.94 - 2012-07-27 09:36

    I wonder how many of our brothers and sisters he has intentionally failed since he was a lecturer at Vista. Such people they deserve hell, Zoo and they are not normal. Really they don’t deserve to be part of our democratic country.

  • riotousr - 2012-07-27 09:46

    Leader of the right-wing Boeremag organisation, Mike du Toit, vowed that his coup plan would not be derailed, even after police raided his house.” That just goes to show how the simpleton underestimated the power of his stupidity. “They were recruiting members under the guise of farm security” that is why some people are fooled into believing that there are so-called farm attacks. If these micro-brained troglodytes had delayed their plans to post 2010 they might just have succeeded. The ruling party is busy using state security resource for personal self-enrichment rather than for national security. The ruling party members are of the notion that the ANC is bigger than the state (and sometimes even bigger than their illiterate voters). They are not literate enough to differentiate between the government and the state and thereby open the state machine to easy attacks.

  • rasthami.m1 - 2012-07-27 10:23

    Behind close doors ,secret meetings are being held it will our biggest mistake if we had to take this guy's words very light as simply a conspiracy theory ,question I would ask whites who are in support of this organisation what seem to bother about black people? was being given the equality in every aspect of liberty not deserving to us ? We never ask to get along or be friends with you the only thing that we want is equality,justice and economical freedom and a democratic country nothing more

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