Boeremag leader convicted

2012-08-06 15:20

Pretoria - Boeremag leader Tom Vorster on Monday become the tenth accused to be convicted of treason.

Judge Eben Jordaan found that Vorster, who owned a security company, had played a leading role in planning a rightwing coup.

Vorster took over as leader of the organisation when the author of the original war plan, Mike du Toit, went on the run from the police early in 2002.

Vorster had taken part in reconnaissance missions to identify targets to be blown up during the planned coup. He also presided when numerous new members swore an oath of allegiance to the Boeremag and its cause, making it clear that traitors would be shot, and handed out ranks to members.

The judge rejected Vorster's evidence that he and others had gathered at a farm near Warmbaths in September 2002 as an "exercise" in self-defence.

Terror campaign

The court accepted evidence that a group of men, armed to the teeth, had travelled towards Alexandra, Johannesburg, on 13 September 2002.

In the preceding days, ammunition and weapons were counted and loaded onto vehicles, cars were hired, and time mechanisms prepared for car bombs. Pipe, petrol, and cylinder bombs were prepared for their campaign of terror.

The plan had been to gather at a warehouse in Alexandra, where the bombs would have been put into rented cars and driven to various targets in the coup's first phase.

By then, Vorster had put his plans to blow up Parliament on the back burner. He however instructed one of his trustees to plant a bomb at the OR Tambo Airport, which the man refused to do.

Vorster's Corsa bakkie led the convoy and he proclaimed he would blow up the first target because he "wanted to be the first to look the enemy in the eye".

Declaration of war

He also told the group there was no turning back as "blue letters" containing a declaration of war had already been posted and call-up instructions had been issued to members of the citizen force.

Both Vorster and his second-in-command, Dirk Hanekom, had signed the "blue letters" declaring war on the government.

From there, the group planned to attack the defence force bases at Potchefstroom and Lohatlha, to get weapons and military equipment for the coup. According to one witness, Vorster said he wanted to fire cannons over Potchefstroom after the military base had been taken over "to make people a bit angry".

The plan was abandoned after Vorster told the others they had been betrayed in the Free State and that the police knew about their plan.

Jordaan said if the convoy had not been stopped, the damage and loss of life in the country could have taken on chaotic proportions.

The weapons and bombs were later hidden, but a truck loaded with ammunition had to be abandoned near Lichtenburg, where the police found it.

Half the group had wanted to stop the operation, but some had wanted to carry on.

According to witnesses, one of the accused, Wilhelm Pretorius, was so upset about abandoning the operation that he burst into tears several times.

Jordaan found Vorster had continued with his coup plan and had joined a group in the Lowveld to plan further acts of terror while he was on the run from the police.

Judgment continues.

  • joe.chikala - 2012-08-06 17:54

    These people are fools. The judge must throw the book at them, and rid us of their brand of democracy.

  • diran.pillay - 2012-08-06 18:04

    Let them rot in jail!

  • ditiro.chuenagae - 2012-08-06 18:19

    Vorster said he wanted to fire cannons over Potchefstroom after the military base had been taken over "to make people a bit angry". again hahahahaha this is better any stand up comedy i've ever watched, i can just imagine them in khaki in thier toyota nissan bakkies, lookin very tough hahahahahha

  • ditiro.chuenagae - 2012-08-06 18:21

    According to witnesses, one of the accused, Wilhelm Pretorius, was so upset about abandoning the operation that he burst into tears several times. OMW hahhahahahaah kikikikikikik i don't kknow what to say i'm not ever going go to any comedy shows i'm just going to read the transcripts of the boeremag trial

      Roulon du Toit - 2012-08-07 11:01

      It's the same type of patheticness shown by the attorney that started crying over The Spear painting.

  • victor.tamaranui - 2012-08-06 18:29

    Aahhh the Captain finally walks the Plank. Off to the Bros with these Mamparas.

  • Rodney - 2012-08-06 19:05

    Good riddance. SA does not need idiots like this. I will also add that SA does not need idiots like Malema and his cronies or the corrupt people in government at present either. Each of them are in it for their own benefit, from the Boeremag members right up to and including Zuma.

  • blumushroom - 2012-08-06 20:52

    What is the big hype. Mandela also convicted for treason. After 27 years voster will be the new white Mandela

      keaobaka.mokae - 2012-08-07 10:22

      Comparing a white supremacist with a liberation martyr. To you(a race seperatist bitter because your group has lost political power) they may both appear to be political prisoners but to a neutral person these two cannot be compared.

  • jerry.medina.756 - 2012-08-06 23:57

    Why is no one calling for the death penalty in this forum?

      keaobaka.mokae - 2012-08-07 10:24

      The answer is simple. The closet white supremacist in this forum are sympathetic to the boeremag and their "cause".

  • charles.brink.90 - 2012-08-07 06:40

    If they are being send to jail, what about 90% of the ministers in Government ?

      keaobaka.mokae - 2012-08-07 10:16

      Charles Brink you should have been prosecuted with your boeremag friends. How did they leave you out because clearly you are one of them!!!!

  • sindilevanapsie.april - 2012-08-07 07:27

    they must be thrown in a jail full of blacks and coloureds, and the police should tell the inmates told that they are racist. thats a sure ticket to get their asses raped by the inmates... bloody racists....

  • keaobaka.mokae - 2012-08-07 10:13

    I think just this once we must make an exception with these white supremacists and impose the death penalty. SA would be a better place without these bigots.

      Ronaldo Speedy - 2013-10-29 23:39

      how can wicked man go unpunished hahahaaaa,they deserve to rot in jail like sick bastard Derbie Lewis.

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