Boeremag 'weakling' gets bail

2012-08-27 14:02

Pretoria - A Boeremag member, convicted of treason after spending more than 10 years in jail, was granted bail by the High Court in Pretoria on Monday.

Judge Eben Jordaan granted R15 000 bail to Pretoria accountant Adriaan van Wyk, 47, in terms of an agreement with the State.

Van Wyk is one of 20 Boeremag members convicted of treason as a result of a right-wing plot to violently overthrow the ANC government.

In terms of strict bail conditions, Van Wyk will not be allowed to attend any political meetings or gatherings.

He will be confined to his home in the evenings and will have to report to the police once a day when he is not attending the trial.

‘A very expensive lesson’

He may not leave the magisterial districts of Pretoria and Wonderboom without permission, may not apply for travel documents and must report any change of address to the investigating officer.

His advocate, Daan Mostert, told the court Van Wyk was "very remorseful" and had learnt a "very expensive lesson" over a very long time of his life.

He said Van Wyk already had work and would start his new job in the city centre immediately after being granted bail.

Mostert handed in written heads of argument detailing Van Wyk's personal circumstances.

Jordaan said he had looked at what Van Wyk had done when he convicted him, but had also looked at what he had not done for purposes of sentencing.

It looked to him as if the 10 years Van Wyk had already spent in custody "equalled things out", he said.

The judge earlier rejected Van Wyk's evidence that his friend and police informer JC Smit had drawn him into the Boeremag's activities.

Document 12

Jordaan said although Van Wyk had been described as a "weak" Boeremag member who did not attend many meetings, it was clear the organisation's inner circle trusted him.

His name appeared in Boeremag leader Mike du Toit's war plan, known as Document 12.

The trial was postponed to Tuesday when counsel for Brandfort farmer Jurie Vermeulen would present legal argument about sentencing.

Lawyers for the rest of the 20 accused would start presenting arguments about their sentences in January next year.

In addition to being found guilty of treason, five of the accused - Herman van Rooyen, Rudi Gouws and brothers Johan, Kobus and Wilhelm Pretorius - were also convicted of attempting to murder then president Nelson Mandela and murdering a Soweto woman, who died as a result of a bomb they planted.

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      yvonne.styger.3 - 2012-08-27 15:12

      I am sure that if they join the ANC, they will be out in a year

      blip.noodlum - 2012-08-28 23:53

      Barend Strydom - Witwolf.

  • wt.echoridgetimes - 2012-08-27 14:19

    In hind side we have the ANC that wants to overthrow a whole country, they are plotting every single day. Throw them on Robben Island and make them dignified presidents.

  • leaproach.thekeeper - 2012-08-27 14:42

    He he's interesting how 20 of the brandy 'n Coke brigade can get everybody's knickers in a knot ;-)

      Rudolf - 2012-08-27 15:14

      Sad, but true...

  • Linds - 2012-08-27 14:48

    What I find really disturbing is that these people are professionals. Accountants, doctors, etc. Why would they be involved in such a stupid plot? It is impossible for a small right-wing group of racists to overthrow the government - with the army and police force largely black. It was a pipe dream to begin with.

      Mark - 2012-08-27 14:58

      Blame it on the 'lag twakkie' inside the pipe dream.

      yvonne.styger.3 - 2012-08-27 15:17

      Army and police "force" is an oxymoron. With an estimated 70% HIV infection rate, they can hardly be described as a "force". Generally, it is possible for a small but efficient force to overthrow, but the problem lies with consolidation and retention. But it is very easy to make it ungovernable.

      Linds - 2012-08-27 15:36

      @Yvonne, HIV is not a disability. Always remember that. I also doubt your statistics. Back to the subject, such a coup will not last even a single day.

  • dduplessis - 2012-08-27 15:00

    Is this not reminiscent of the current government? The ANC wanted to overthrow the government and people got locked up in Robben Island. How many murders were committed by ANC bombers (Church street and many others) that also killed innocent people? It is easy to shout when you are standing on the other side of the fence.

      silas.mapuroma - 2012-08-27 15:08

      To fix the Country's problems, yesterday 's issue might hold back the progress we started.Anc Bombers and Apartheid leaders are gone now.We at present what we do to show them they were Idiots

      Linds - 2012-08-27 15:44

      You're trying to compare two incomparable scenarios. The apartheid government was an illegitimate one. Any government that wins elections that are not free and fair is an illegitimate one (elections that excluded about 90% of the population could never be described as free and fair). The current government was voted into power through free and fair elections.

      blip.noodlum - 2012-08-28 23:57

      The ANC's bombers didn't have the vote. And they confessed at the Tutu Commission and got amnesty. So too did racist Witwolf Barend Strydom (who DID have the vote but killed all the same).

  • andre.vandeventer.16 - 2012-08-27 15:13

    These men did what they did for an ideology and are not common criminals who did crime for selfish reasons. They have been imprisoned for just on 1o years. Most of the are well educated men. They do not live in gutters and under newspapers at night and burgle or murder people on a daily basis. Give them a break so that they can find their way back into the community. Many ANC and PAC murderers are on the loose and many are still committing crimes!

      blip.noodlum - 2012-08-28 23:59

      An ideology of white supremacist racism. And they ARE "common criminals", having been convicted of a serious crime.

  • eric.martinsich - 2012-08-27 15:14

    It seems many on this page has not read about the Ossewa Brandwag. I suggest that you go wikipedia this and you will see how many of those blew up railway tracks stations etc. to get control of the Country. PW Botha was one of them and became Prime minister. People do wrong and can become Remorseful. Everyone deserves another chance

      blip.noodlum - 2012-08-29 00:00

      They can be remorseful AND serve out the punishment for their crime.

  • andrew.surtees1 - 2012-08-27 15:48


  • jacobusm1 - 2012-08-27 15:53

    The wheel of change--terrorists--freedom fighters--politicians---governments--lawless plundering of assets---bankruptsy(western democracy)--collapse etc!!!!!!!!and then?????

  • mzakes.matabata - 2012-08-27 16:13

    these fools should be executed, high treason and he gets bail. Any act against government should be punishable by death.

      andrew.surtees1 - 2012-08-27 16:19

      k so then you saying Nelson Mandela should be in jail cause as far as i can remember he tried to bomb a building with people in, think before you open your mouth!

      mzakes.matabata - 2012-08-27 16:23

      @andrew, as far as i am concerned the apartheid government was never a legitimate government hence no treason took place. stop comparing mandela with these neo-nazi a-whipes.

      mzakes.matabata - 2012-08-27 16:29

      oh, i think you should follow your own advice learn how to do research "bomb a building with people in" proof please post a link or something.

      blip.noodlum - 2012-08-29 00:11

      Mandela did not bomb -- or attempt to bomb -- any "building with people in it". He only bombed four remotely-located Eskom power-pylons and got a life sentence for sabotage (not murder, terrorism or treason). And yes, the National Party regime WAS illegitimate. The death penalty is unconstitutional and its repeal rescued a fairly large number of black people who had been given the death penalty. Yes, and a tiny handful of white convicts too. But, because it's been ruled as unconstitutional, it cannot be brought back. It's gone forever -- like apartheid and like slavery.

      burningdogz - 2012-08-29 06:35

      "But, because it's been ruled as unconstitutional, it cannot be brought back. It's gone forever -- like apartheid and like slavery." Have you heard the ANCYL lately blip? Nothing is about the constitution is set in stone, and I am afraid the death penalty is not as gone as you would like it to be. Still, I sincerely won't want the death penalty in this country right now. With the current status and abilities of the penal system it would be a train wreck: Twisted, broken, bloody and with a pile of corpses (probably to be sold for some money on the side by a corrupt official. Hate to break this to you, but Mandela was, for whatever reason, serving with a terrorist organisation, the militant wing, and not just as a tea-maker. He was a terrorist. Some would say freedom fighter but that is all a question of perception. When talking criminological definitions however, plain and simple. "these fools should be executed, high treason and he gets bail. Any act against government should be punishable by death." REALLY?! Well, get the noose ready for Julius and the ANCYL. Sorry COPE, time's up. Well, them, and every other person who ever voted against the ANC. You are now thinking like a dictator and a self proclaimed delusional king like Mugabe, and that never ends well. Proof, well, I am not going to bother rummaging through the old papers looking for dates, but google Church street bombings, I am sure something will pop up.

  • punungwe - 2012-08-27 16:25

    South Africa!!!! Miners believing they are invincible to bullets! Right wing twats believing they can march 45 million blacks up the N1 to Beitbridge! So who is not crazy in South Africa.

  • sifiso.mabaso - 2012-08-29 06:53

    reading most comments here still shows me that racially we are deeply divided 18 years into our democracy

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