Boeremag trial postponed

2012-08-13 17:41

Johannesburg - Judgment in the treason trial of a group of Afrikaner right-wingers was postponed in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Monday.

Judge Eben Jordaan had by that time convicted Dirk Hanekom, the 11th member of the 20 Boeremag accused, on a charge of treason arising from a plot to violently overthrow the government.

During Monday's proceedings, Jordaan said he found it difficult to believe Hanekom's claim that he "didn't have a clue what was going on" when members of the right-wing Boeremag group embarked on a "D-Day" mission on 13 September 2002.

They intended planting bombs to create chaos in the country.

"He therefore is found guilty of high treason," Jordaan said.

He said it was clear Hanekom played a prominent role in the group. After the judgment, Hanekom took off his glasses and placed his head on the bench in front of him. He was the only one of the group of 20 who had changed his testimony during the trial.

Jordaan then continued his judgment with medical doctor, Johannes "Lets" Pretorius. His three sons are among the accused.

Jordaan dismissed several parts of Pretorius' affidavit, including sections in which he claimed no knowledge of plans to overthrow the government. He called his testimony rubbish and unlikely.

Before the postponement, Jordaan said the evidence of a State witness who testified against Pretorius was believable.

During the trial the witness, Anthony Smith, testified how Pretorius was part of initiations into the Boeremag.

The trial was postponed to Tuesday.

  • tricia.sutherland1 - 2012-08-13 19:03

    No matter what anyone tries to do to stop the leaders of SA destroying the country - there are still stupid people supporting these fools. You can put away as many treason accused's as you want - the people of SA will still die of Aids, hunger, gangs, rapes, and the list goes on. It's time for the minority to take their passion and hardwork elsewhere and start new lives. The hope for SA so many of us had is dying fast but ANC is focused on the past, apartheid, de-colonisation etc etc .... there are old people and children in need, kids need to be educated. What has happened to our country???!!!! Our standards have gone out the window - we becoming 3rd world.

      farmfreund - 2012-08-13 19:18

      SA has alway been n 3rd world country, only the suburbs where first world, and the old regime nkew how to hide all the trash dont fool yourself

      jerry.medina.756 - 2012-08-13 22:39

      Good for you, the sooner you ship out the better. Minorities have been killing the majority for decades, do they hate you? NO. Thanks to Apartheid most of you have been misinformed and kept in a laager mentality. ANC are not able to govern the country effectively but people like you and your narrow thinking creates a platform for them to rule till Jesus come. We will fight for our country and the sooner cowards and like you leave the better. Apartheid is dead and now get a life and try to do something positive.

  • nadine.langford.77 - 2012-08-16 10:42

    The anc and the police are so focused on these guys that killed 1 (ONE) person! This has gone on for 10 years!! but they leave the idiots that have done much worse like raping children,women, killing many people like children, but no, what do they do go after 20 guys that killed only one person! why not go after the 2 people that killed 10!!! So who are the idiots really?

  • darrell.e.hines - 2012-12-19 05:31

    Ugly Honkeys, You Loose!

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