Boeremag leader surprised by 25-year sentence

2013-10-29 15:09

Pretoria - Boeremag leader Tom Vorster and five members of its bomb squad which blew up numerous targets in 2002 were sentenced to in effect 25 years' imprisonment by the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Tuesday.

Vorster shrugged and told reporters he had not expected such a severe sentence, as he had already been in prison for over a decade.

Bombers Herman van Rooyen, Johan and Wilhelm Pretorius, and Rudi Gouws received the same sentences as Vorster.

The third Pretorius brother, master bomb maker Kobus Pretorius, was sentenced to 20 years' imprisonment, of which 10 years were suspended.


This was because Pretorius had a change of heart during the trial, broke away from his past and expressed remorse for what he did.

The members of the bomb squad were sentenced to an additional 13 years imprisonment on charges of culpable homicide and conspiring to murder former president Nelson Mandela.

Soweto mother Claudia Mokone was killed when a piece of steel dislodged by a bomb the Boeremag planted on a railway landed in her shack.

Judge Eben Jordaan said Mandela would have been killed by a landmine planted by the Boeremag bomb squad if he had not arrived by helicopter to open a school in Bolobedu, Limpopo.

This would have caused chaos and bloodshed in the country. He said the Boeremag's aim had been to destroy democracy in South Africa.

How dangerous they were was shown by the fact that they carried on committing violent crimes some had said were incapable of being carried out.

The bombers already had five large car bombs ready for targets in the city centres of Pretoria and Johannesburg and were planning further bomb attacks when they were caught.

Boeremag leaders Mike du Toit, Dirk Hanekom and the Pretorius brothers' father, Dr Lets Pretorius, were each sentenced to 30 years' imprisonment, of which 10 years were conditionally suspended for five years.

Mike du Toit's right-hand man, Andre du Toit, and Dion van den Heever were sentenced to 20 years' imprisonment of which 10 years were suspended.

Rooikoos du Plessis and Jurie Vermeulen, who also played important roles in planning the coup, got 15 years' imprisonment, of which 10 were suspended.

Suspended sentences

One of the Boeremag's most active members and the Boeremag chaplain, 74-year-old Vis Visagie, was sentenced to five years of correctional supervision.

Five of the Boeremag members who played a lesser role, including the youngest member Jacques Jordaan, walked out of the court free men after being given suspended sentences.

They are the Boeremag "weakling" Adriaan van Wyk and former defence force officers Giel Burger, Jacques Olivier, and Pieter van Deventer.

The sentences were met with outrage by some, but acceptance by others.

Dr Lets Pretorius's wife Minnie cried inconsolably. Friends shielded her from the cameras.

Van Wyk's wife expressed relief that her husband would be coming home.



  • Jack Tig - 2013-10-29 15:14

    Should have been life sentence

      Bob Pacak - 2013-10-29 15:31

      But you were not the judge!

      Dewald Smit - 2013-10-29 15:53

      @Jack Tig, Don't look now, but your age is showing, lol Life sentence = 25 years.

  • Liansky Nino Bestenbier - 2013-10-29 15:20

    This terrorist should have been jailed for life. Can't have those animals roaming the streets.

      Siyabonga Biyela - 2013-10-29 15:30

      There are more out there. Just not as stupid as this lot

      Jaco de Kock - 2013-10-29 15:34

      You have terrorists running this country. Mandela is a convicted terrorist. A terrorist for the one is a freedom fighter for another.

      JohnBlock - 2013-10-29 15:53

      More? Please elaborate?

  • Alan John Ingram - 2013-10-29 15:21

    The time spent in jail awaiting trial is supposed to be deducted from the sentence!!!! but then this is Africa?

  • Graham Cornelissen - 2013-10-29 15:21

    lol Rooikoos.

  • Jan Maritz - 2013-10-29 15:22

    Pitty that farm muderers get such light sentences oh and those comitting rape and killing childern get off shame on you justice system.

  • Andre Van Deventer - 2013-10-29 15:24

    And the real, brutal and unrepentant murderers are walking among us as free men, ready to strike again.......

      Siyabonga Biyela - 2013-10-29 15:54

      I suppose, if these guys had been sucessful in plunging the country into civil war, things would have turned out much much better than what we see today...?

      Myza Dube - 2013-10-29 16:49

      U r one of dem...shame on u.....imagine wht SA woud hv been if Mandela ws assasinated...u wudnt be here cos we wud hv killed all of you..

  • Pinky Zuma - 2013-10-29 15:25

    In the US they would never see the light of day again for treason. Be lucky you only got 25 years.

      Mc Apple - 2013-10-29 15:39

      Yeah and here you can get to be president.

      Pinky Zuma - 2013-10-29 15:43

      Silly comment to make mr apple. These boeremag people will never become president when they are released because they were not fighting for human rights. If you cannot make that distinction then I feel sorry for you.

      FJ Cele - 2013-10-29 15:47

      Why do white people always defend criminal white people and black people defend criminal black people - NO TO CRIME, regardless of the race. Practice what we preach.

      Mc Apple - 2013-10-29 15:52

      Uhm Pinky I never said they will become president but others who orchestrated the killing of civilians by bombing banks, restaurants and churches became presidents of the country. Silly maybe but factual.

  • Daniel Mah - 2013-10-29 15:28

    Mooi loop

  • Delene Tammadge - 2013-10-29 15:28

    wow what they did was so wrong ......... they could have given them house arrest..............

  • Rendani Nevhulaudzi - 2013-10-29 15:28

    They deserve the sentence, these guys wanted to cause chaos in South Africa - They deserve a lot rehabilitation before returning to the public

      Martin Willemse - 2013-10-29 15:34

      Chaos??? didnt need them to do that...the anc have done a fine job already

      Pete Mears - 2013-10-29 17:38

      Like Gandalf said, many who deserves to die live on, and many who deserve to live, die. Who are we to judge who should live or die? Actually, I forgot what Gandalf said. Got to check that one out again before the Hobbit 2 hits the silverscreens.

  • Sthembiso Jali - 2013-10-29 15:30

    What did he expect? A punch in shoulder, and someone to say - you naughty thing ""!

  • Deon K. Alexander - 2013-10-29 15:32

    10 years awaiting trial plus 25 years hard labour !!! That is so unfare...they should have been place out on section 62F...Free !

      Ayandabhengu Buthelezi - 2013-10-29 15:33

      Cz they wanted to kill useless thn?

      Sizwe Goda C-zwe - 2013-10-29 15:41

      u talk s**t u yoself,shud b on dat damn,stinking section 62f,,,,,

      Sipho Masilela - 2013-10-29 15:42

      U r insane damnit!!

      Ronny Mphahlele - 2013-10-29 15:43

      U mean that's unfair? They mus rot in jail this bloody terrorist thers no place for them in this country mxm bloody agents.

  • Pretty Nomvela Dlamini - 2013-10-29 15:33

    rape get less jail. how?

      Sickup Andfed - 2013-10-29 15:47

      Because rape appears to be a accepted past time just has to look at the mickey mouse sentences handed down to come to that conclusion.

      Lazzy Sekopa - 2013-10-29 15:47

      Do you understand that if they had succeeded u might be dead by now.

  • Luviwe Ka Jay - 2013-10-29 15:33

    Unfortunately the Claudia Mokone never reached home to be hugged by her children.

      Mc Apple - 2013-10-29 15:44

      Neither did many other civilians that where bombed by the ANC.

      Luviwe Ka Jay - 2013-10-29 16:09

      That happened when there was war against anything not white then. This means u condone what they did albeit you are not saying it explicitly. I wonder if Ms Mokone was white you would share the same sentiments. It will always be difficult to trust a white man with so much apartheid apologist in this site. I never thought I would utter something lite that, but it is a fact.

      Bryan A T Maskell - 2013-10-29 16:18

      Or my dad, my father in law, our bridesmaid, et al... Let's hear the other side too

  • Walter Rademeyer - 2013-10-29 15:34

    Greegs,So you suggest that they should also jailed Mandela for live ,he did worst acts of terror than these men,see the Rivonia trail records!

      Myza Dube - 2013-10-29 16:39

      U r crazy Mandela didnt do anything...u shud get ur facts right....or go to Australia

      Pete Mears - 2013-10-29 17:47

      This is now... and the judge has spoken. That's all there is to it.

  • Hulisani Nemaxwi - 2013-10-29 15:34

    High treason is a serious crime - punishable by death in most of the countries or life improsonment without the possibility of a parole. These oaks are very lucky. And people need to stop thinking of party politics in crimes of this nature. We have a judge and not a jury that can be swayed by public opinion. Theirs was a crime deserving a harsher punishment.

  • Nhlanhla Msiza - 2013-10-29 15:35

    25years thts good stop complaining n go there to serve ur sentence and those who thinks its unfair they are racist

  • Emilios Halepopoulos - 2013-10-29 15:36

    The justice system has spoken.

  • Marc Ross - 2013-10-29 15:37

    What they did was wrong and now they will and must pay the price. But we all need to learn something from this and ask how do we go forward. Perhaps a Volkstaat is one answer. Our constitution (used so often in this case) allows for people of a common culture to be ruled by themselves. How often have we read "Go back to Holland" which tells us that some people would never be able to live with or under other cultures. Holland is never going to allow all people of Afrikaans decent to immigrate, and the Afrikaaners don't want to be ruled by people like Zuma or Malema. Remember this country was not originally one united Republic. And this idea of one common society is not working. I read News24 daily and often think I dont want to be part of this mess. The way this country is run is against my beliefs and my culture. So perhaps we should all go our diffent ways, we can be good neighbours rather than enemies living under one roof.

      Mc Apple - 2013-10-29 15:54

      And there you have your answer Marc.

      Graziella Uncensored - 2013-10-29 16:48

      Your Volkstaat is in Holland indeed. If Jews can claim ancestral heritage based on 3000 years old lineage, I'm sure the UN will oblige your kind. Imagine if Africans in Europe or Asia started demanding their own peace of land. We wouldn't last a day.

      Pete Mears - 2013-10-29 17:55

      Marc, that's having a good idea, with good intentions, go horribly wrong (again). Don't you think your sentiments were exactly those of our forefathers? I don't think Apartheid was meant to demean and humiliate others. But whites could not see it for what it was. Yes, keep to your own faith and culture, but in this life, in this world, in this country, you need to share. That's the only way. And there will be sacrifices made by us all. Everybody has paid a price. We should start enjoying the little that there is to rejoice about and get on with it. Fainting in the face of evil is wrong. Stay the course. Keep your faith in a better tomorrow. Things will improve. God knows it must.

  • Johnny September - 2013-10-29 15:38


  • Roche Brandy - 2013-10-29 15:40

    If high treason is serious....So is the following on innocent people....

  • Petro Jahnel - 2013-10-29 15:40

    You murdered an innocent woman, and you were planning to kill scores more innocent people, so what are you surprised about? You are an absolute embarrasment to the rest of the whites in this country who want to live in peace and harmony with all other races in our rainbow nation. Go rot in jail, and leave the rest of this beautiful country to move on.

      Ayandabhengu Buthelezi - 2013-10-29 15:55

      Wish they will learn to understand tht not all white ppl hate black ppl, not all blk ppl hate whites, we want to build new SA with lot of love n "ubuntu". Thanks for ur comment Petro

      Thusoetsile Sandawana Kby Gaseemelwe - 2013-10-29 15:58

      Well Said Petro this is Our South Africa

  • Khotso M-Kay Mpitso - 2013-10-29 15:40

    what, they were planing to kill mandela.. kife sentences... wat a horrible species.. we not going forward!!!! they must rot in jail..

      Mc Apple - 2013-10-29 15:48

      Err what is a "kife sentences"? African justice?

  • Christelle Barraball - 2013-10-29 15:41

    I think these guys got what they desrved. But what their actions did to their families, that is unforgivable. The ones who suffer because of their hate and ignorance is the wifes who lost their husbands and the children who had to grow up without their fathers. I hope their misguided ideology was worth it for them.

  • Litota Tombo Duvha - 2013-10-29 15:42

    Send all devils to the hottest hell.

  • Phumutso Madinane - 2013-10-29 15:43

    To be honest...i don't like white people...they look down at us..!!!like the Boers

      Mc Apple - 2013-10-29 15:56

      Yeah I don’t blame you. I to would run around like a headless chicken as well if I thought everyone looked down on me even when they weren't.

      Sammy F. Simegi - 2013-10-29 16:00


      Martin Willemse - 2013-10-29 16:02

      are you vertically challenged?.....i don't like short people neck hurts from looking down on them

      Bryan A T Maskell - 2013-10-29 16:06

      Well, don't look up, simple really... Or does it benefit you making bread statements like that? Hubris seems to be at play here I'm sure

      Bryan A T Maskell - 2013-10-29 16:08

      :-) in, without true aim, longshot...

      Darren Morton Bsc Ssc - 2013-10-29 16:18

      You make statements like that. And it doesn't matter what colour people are they will look down on you. Good job I don't judge all black people on the ones that rob murder and rap. And you wonder why the country cannot be a civilized and safe to bring a family up in. Ladies and gentleman I give you your reason in this person and those that think like them

      Ayandabhengu Buthelezi - 2013-10-29 16:22

      Phumutso u are very confused bt myb one day u will realise ur statement ws stupid n u need to grow, we all human. I'm a black person bt I will tell u nw u leaving in a wrong country we building a new SA

      Pretty Nomvela Dlamini - 2013-10-29 16:47

      eff bring racism. no solution

      Pete Mears - 2013-10-29 17:57

      Phumutso. Build your self-esteem. Then even whites will start looking up at you.

  • Jerry Mbhul - 2013-10-29 15:43

    yesterday I was asking telling myself that if this judgement is delivered by a white person surely he will be sympathetic to them irrespective of whether they killed an innocent black person living in a shack in chiawelo who is politically illetrate. this world is cruel fpr the pure. they just decide to cause havoc around the coutry and you become a victim of their plan. boers practising Satanism on earth

  • Sipho Masilela - 2013-10-29 15:44


  • Hetty Oliver - 2013-10-29 15:46

    I don't condone what they did BUT rapists and murderers get a lesser sentence which is ridiculous.

  • Jaco Steenekamp - 2013-10-29 15:53

    They all should have received 25 - life! It does not matter if it is white against black or the opposite. This is a matter of people's life that was/could have been ended because of ignorance. Either ship up or ship out. SA is going places, but only if we can all move forward!

  • Lesley Cowan - 2013-10-29 15:54

    Well good. If I were the judge, I wouldve given him a life sentance without the possibility of parol.

  • Sipho Masilela - 2013-10-29 16:07

    Let them feel what nelson mandela felt!!.bloody cruel bastards, criying lyk babes now.

  • Sango Jika - 2013-10-29 16:10

    lock them up all they need to do is focus on not droppin the soap in prison.

  • Danielle Vlok - 2013-10-29 16:16

    I am actually quite horrified by the racist and mindless comments flinging from both sides. Was the sentence harsh enough? Probably not. Was it fair in comparison to other far worse "successfully committed" crimes: definitely not- it was completely disproportionate- as far worse crimes have gotten lesser sentences. What they did was terrible, and stupid and could've resulted in something terrible, but it didn't. Flinging around racist remarks, and pathetic idle threats is useless and benefits no one- it just fires a clearly already strained country.

      Simo Mqadi - 2013-10-29 16:21

      good point mr vlok.

  • Thomas Kuka - 2013-10-29 16:16

    we've been waiting for so many yrs for this day to come.yes it finally arrived.closed chapter.what else now??????

  • Obed Mazwi - 2013-10-29 16:19

    Pathetic racists, they got what they deserved...infact they should hang....

  • Ndoda Ndelu - 2013-10-29 16:23

    what did u expect? u deserve a life sentence...

  • Luyanda Ntwalana - 2013-10-29 16:24

    Such a small sentence, i bet you they will get parole, this justice system is useless. They should have given them to the mob, 25 years of whipping the ish out of you

  • Asithandile Norman Bede Norman - 2013-10-29 16:25

    Can we be honest is this really a rainbow nation?

  • Ckervo Mccalip - 2013-10-29 16:26

    Charlotte-Francisque Roux thinks white people think as a group/pack. You are just a disgrace.

  • Peter Ralph Arendse - 2013-10-29 16:27

    Please people we need the rool of law and help South Africa

  • Sbu07 - 2013-10-29 16:27

    i'm not a fan of the anc or any political party in this country really, but how has a topic of bombers and potential murderers turned into a political and racial thing. i dont agree or disagree with this sentence, but if they DID kill people they deserve ime behind bars, if only 1 person died like the article says, then maybe the sentence is abit harsh for people who have already been in prison for 10years, but who knows, maybe they are afraid that if the get out they could easily plan my bombings that can do proper damage to lives. n i dont think we have the infrastructure to monitor all of them all out of prison. bottom line is, this is the sentencing handed down on them, whether we agree with it or not, it doesnt matter now. what we should try do is maybe not turn every news headline into a political and racial thing unless that's exactly what it is. otherwise we can't expect to ever move forward as 1 people.

      Slimshady GP - 2013-10-29 19:04

      good comment

  • Fred Kolbe - 2013-10-29 16:28

    I am ashamed to see all these hatred comments. What on earth do you think you doing? Come to reality and lets go forward, this will never never go!

  • Sukwini Lawundini Lakwa Ngesman - 2013-10-29 16:29

    they knew what they were doing time to face the music

  • Andrew Gordon - 2013-10-29 16:32

    Why is there so much sympathy?? In most countries, such as the US treason is a death sentence. These okes got off lightly. Imagine what would of happened if they had succeeded? Trying to assasinate the man trying to stop civil war? Hint go google Frans Ferdidnand and the 'Black Hand' to get an idea. Idiots

  • Polelwa Zantsi - 2013-10-29 16:35

    They deserve to rot in jail, think of what more would have happened if they were not caught.

  • Tholakele Mngadi - 2013-10-29 16:41

    Now, let's wait for the DAs comment on this issue......oops I forgot the DA is always silent when it comes to crimes done by white people. They are scared of scaring away the little votes they might get. Hele Zille and your crew #WeSeeYouD_A

  • Johann Enslin - 2013-10-29 16:43

    This country is doomed, for no other reason than the ignorance and hate of it's people.

  • Andrew Gordon - 2013-10-29 16:43

    Why is there so much sympathy for these idiots? In most countries, such as the USA, the penalty for treason is death. These tools got off lightly. What do you think would of happened if they had succeeded in their idiotic plot to murder Madiba(the one man that was trying to stop further blood shed). Hint: go google Frans Ferdinand and the 'Black Hand' to see what happens when stupid people are reckless

  • Hans Baer - 2013-10-29 16:45

    Well deserved. They wanted to reverse the gains made by our leaders ( both Deklerk and Mandela). Unfortunately, the recent group held at Mangaung may have made things worse for them.