Govt welcomes Boeremag sentencing

2013-10-29 17:51

Johannesburg - The government welcomed the sentences handed down on Tuesday to the Boeremag members convicted of high treason.

"The decade-long trial shows how the attainment of freedom and democracy has changed the lives of the people in the country," spokesperson Harold Maloka said in a statement.

"Government commends the investigating and the prosecution team for the sterling work and hopes that these sentences will act as a deterrent to those who threaten the stability of our hard fought democracy."

The North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria handed down sentences ranging from five to 30 years' imprisonment on the group's members.

The justice department also welcomed the sentences.

"These sentences will hopefully serve as a deterrent to those whose acts undermine or threaten state security," it said in a statement.

Boeremag leader Tom Vorster and some members of its "bomb squad" which blew up numerous targets in 2002 were sentenced to in effect 25 years' imprisonment.

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 were suspended.

This was because Pretorius had a change of heart during the trial and expressed remorse for what he did.

Bomb squad

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 line 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.

The bombers 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 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.

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 Adriaan van Wyk and former defence force officers Giel Burger, Jacques Olivier, and Pieter van Deventer.

  • Pinky Zuma - 2013-10-29 17:56

    What a long waste of money this trial was. Some of us don't welcome the lenient sentences given to these traitors of SA. MXM!!!

      Mandlisto - 2013-10-29 18:29

      I see more thumbs down,what is wrong with people?How can they dislike facts?

      Alec Dumas - 2013-10-29 18:49

      they have spent a decade in prison waiting to be sentenced . Lost their loved ones , and most of their possesions ,their dignity . What can be worse than that ? Stop playing judge and rather be thankfull for what you have .thank you for a fair justice system .

      Bryan Culross - 2013-10-29 19:02

      And how about Zuma also going to trial - surely his actions are, in a way, threatening the stability of the country.

      Kallie Marie - 2013-10-29 19:16

      This is what Mandela was locked up for , so will one of these guys be a future president ??

      Kallie Marie - 2013-10-29 19:18

      and yes 50 years later history repeats itself ....

      Jurgen-Decker Weilbach - 2013-10-29 20:21

      Remember 29 November 2013 - this will become one of the most important days in the history of SA. I could not help but chuckle at the circus that played out here - an illegal black government, directs a white judge to "bury" the white men who hold the one bit of knowledge that will eventually sink SA current rogue regime, surrounded by exclusively black puppet police. The reason the ANC regime will do anything to lock the key players in this saga as far away as possible, is because these men know, the current ANC government is a totally illegal government. The entire saga is nothing more than an overwhelming joke. The current ANC government has absolutely zero jurisdiction - these men can simply walk out of jail and the ANC cannot touch them. They simply have to get their case to the World Court in the Hague and they will be free. The key for them is to escape and get to Belgium asap. There is not nearly enough space here - so very briefly: what de Klerk did around 1992 was totally illegal, he in fact committed treason himself, nobody on earth can simply hand over a country to someone else - it is an absurdity so far-fetched it is laughable. The ANC never marched into Pretoria - not even close; SA was NEVER defeated by anybody around 1992 - it is an absolute joke. Never in the entire history of the human race has anybody simply handed an entire country over to the enemy. Whatever your political view is on the matter is absolutely irrelevant - the ANC is a rogue regime.

      Graziella Uncensored - 2013-10-29 20:36

      "an illegal black government" There is nothing illegal about the current government. It is possible for someone to have such strong convictions, but not when they are based on delusions and outright lunacy.

      Lillian Carpenter - 2013-10-29 23:05

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  • Mike Purchase - 2013-10-29 18:02

    Pinky pinky pinky the same with the murderers,rapists,thugs,theives,and the very fool that you so blindly idolise.

  • Mike Purchase - 2013-10-29 18:04

    I hope they take a good few bad okes out in prison!

  • Henry Bird - 2013-10-29 18:14

    Will they be elegable for medical ha ha

  • Solly Vander Tema - 2013-10-29 18:14

    They must also except their sentencing on marikana case

  • Rhaqa Ruckus - 2013-10-29 18:17

    Sorry Mr whiteman Sir, I would also rather bomb what I have work hard for than seeing it in the hands of this government. Using your hard work to generate income then prosecuting you for trying to reclaim what is yours. You gave them every opportunity to develop their homelands, then they came back to take what is yours forcefully, because they couldn't and still can't even today develop their homelands. They are good at saying things they cant even interpret. I am a black, but wooh my race need prayers. Despite the approach boeremag used in their shoes I doubt I would have acted any different.

      Rhaqa Ruckus - 2013-10-29 18:36

      You are not from W.C I assume if you were from there you were gonna see a real stream of $h1t delivered to you by...... u know the answer to that. Infact your response is a stream of it Graziella Sir.

      Rhaqa Ruckus - 2013-10-29 18:54

      kutheni ndizadinga ukutolikelwa ngolwimi ndilwazi

      Sipho Mtsweni - 2013-10-29 21:40

      Rhaqa its that time of the year again where we expecting salary increases and u being the smart oke u are u know yo boss visits News24 a lot, and u must say anything that talks good about yo boss's race 4 a betta increase..U need Biko to tell u "black man its fine to be black"..

      Graziella Uncensored - 2013-10-30 05:00

      I see that the stupid moderator has been busy with some keyboard bouncer work.

      Liezl Haramis - 2013-10-30 07:31

      Rhaqa, that is what I call fair and forgiving. If we could all face the past and admit as well as change for the future, wed have a chance. Dont bother with silly replies from people who are only on here to stir. Those who stir will eventually have to lick the spoon.

  • Deon de Lange - 2013-10-29 18:20

    Comparisons don't help. Whether one agrees or not, amnesty was granted to all for acts before 1994 for full disclosure. These guys were no more and no less than terrorists operating outside the constitutional paradigm negotiated and agreed to by the vast majority of citizens. Good riddance to bad rubbish, I say.

  • Difa Mashwama - 2013-10-29 18:21

    they (boeremag) must thank the Goverment of the ANC for abolishing the death penalty sentence , some they really deserve that sentence. Hope if they would be given an opportunity to vote they will vote for ANC.. Its lesson that if you mess up with the goverment which is chosen by the majority ,you won't get away with it.

      Sigmund Badenhorst - 2013-10-29 18:55

      The ANC government abolished the death sentence due to the fact that they would have lost a huge number of votes each year, if the death penalty was still in place. AND YOU KNOW THAT, DIFA !!!!

      Graziella Uncensored - 2013-10-29 19:28

      Bollocks, how many people are serving life sentences currently in SA as a ratio of eligible ANC would be voters.

      Willa Prinsloo - 2013-10-29 20:25

      the death penalty was not abolished by the anc. It was declared unconstitutional by the constitutional court. If your facts are wrong, yo are bound to make wrong and idiotic deductions

      Graziella Uncensored - 2013-10-29 20:43

      Splitting hairs are we. The ANC helped draft the constitution and it introduced the proposals to get rid of the death penalty. So technically it was the ANC that abolished the death penalty!

      Liezl Haramis - 2013-10-30 07:24

      Exactly Graziela...back to square 1! The ANC had to get rid of the death penalty to ensure voters! Splitting hair??? Hehe

  • Pretty Nomvela Dlamini - 2013-10-29 18:26

    zuma still free we stell poor

  • Max Andreas Rainer - 2013-10-29 18:38

    Remorse or not, I thought judges and courts were supposed to be impartial and objective, and disregard emotions.

  • Deon K. Alexander - 2013-10-29 18:41

    I hope they will be granted normal parole or even better if they be granted Precidential Sick Parole. . .

  • Mike Purchase - 2013-10-29 18:50

    Difa do u know the death sentence does exist its just not law anymore.More people have died in this cancerous country post 1994 than in the last 100 years.Wake up boet!

  • Siseko Bontso - 2013-10-29 18:50

    Something wrong with South Africans, comments here are showing us we are far behind to show respect to other races. Wish we can treat each other equally, maybe the right time will come.

      Deon de Lange - 2013-10-29 19:24

      Don't worry, Siseko. Neither this, nor any comments forum on a news site represent the views of the majority.

      Danie Nilsen - 2013-10-29 19:35

      Don't worry my friend its only an isolated few who still think like this, I'm in an occupation where I meet 4 new people every week and have not met one racist person I am lucky to only see the bright side of our motherland. These comments here makes me sad to. Thanx for your comment

  • Daniel Watson - 2013-10-29 18:51

    great day 4 all law abiding citizens....laws are there to protect all citizen of SA...without laws anarchy will prevail

  • Mike Purchase - 2013-10-29 18:51

    Ja nee

  • Mike Purchase - 2013-10-29 18:52

    Daniel wake up boet!

  • Mike Purchase - 2013-10-29 18:53

    They must get sick quickly lol like those other thieves i forgot their names.

      Thukhe Ndlovu Farmer - 2013-10-29 19:33

      Kudlalwa ngathi la, zilengiselwen leygwebo? I am sure lejaji liylunga le bhuremag yakhona?

  • Ntlanganiso Qwabe - 2013-10-29 19:16

    Why the DA is silent about this Boeremag thing?

  • Louw Snyder - 2013-10-29 19:17

    Why do the white men get 30 years for a killing but black men may kill rape and robe whites and only get a year or 2 if its a priority to win votes but kill 1 black and your life is in jail ! ! Wtf

      Johan Fourie - 2013-10-29 22:21

      You are absolutely right Patrick Mkhatshwa. Do you also then accept responsibility for the mess the education system and health care system, in fact the whole country is in? I would like for you to come and apologize to my colleague who lost his child yesterday due to the incompetence of the provincial hospital staff. You think just like an African and your President told us not to do so.

  • sxp - 2013-10-29 19:17

    Freedom for some, but no self determination and freedom for many others.

  • Mike Purchase - 2013-10-29 19:18

    Siseko i totally agree with you but i think this nation needs to tell a certain political party or two what i just said!

  • Mmbudzeni Zili - 2013-10-29 19:20

    they deserve more jail time life imprisment wuld hv bn fair,these racits terrorits will regroup n carry out wat they v started

      Liezl Haramis - 2013-10-30 07:17

      We didnt start it...Mandela was also a terrorist...remember! We will defend ourselves if need be!!!!

  • Mike Purchase - 2013-10-29 19:20

    Andrew do you have facts that can back up what you presume?

  • Mike Purchase - 2013-10-29 19:23

    Hey Zili what about the racist terrorist who murders people on a daily basis due to his own incompetence and lack of leadership,i think you know who im refering to dont you,answer please thanx!

  • Rampant - 2013-10-29 19:25

    What would have been the outcome if these fools succeeded in killing Madiba? Think people, I believe they deserve what they got.

  • Mike Purchase - 2013-10-29 19:26

    Qwabe the DA are busy working they not worrying about a bunch of jailbirds!

  • Elliot Menziwa - 2013-10-29 19:27

    Boeremaag trial stayed out of media spotlight... it tells a story of who owns media houses in this country....whites own media houses!

      Liezl Haramis - 2013-10-30 07:15

      If you stopped posting stupid comments here, you would have had time to read a real newspaper and discover yhat the trial was VERY MUCH in the spotlight!!!!

  • Mike Purchase - 2013-10-29 19:28

    Rampant think boet,who started the bull in this country,wake up chap.

  • Mike Purchase - 2013-10-29 19:30

    And u can go and ask your buds up north for a piece of land,oh they dont want you there why not,oh ok!

  • Jt Goba - 2013-10-29 19:39

    Go bontamolukhuni and rot in jail as sick bastard Derbie Lewis!!

  • norman.ngwenya.16 - 2013-10-29 19:47

    This are not Africans they are boere from holland

  • M'rio Mas Machar'a - 2013-10-29 20:03

    hahahahaha what are ya south africans saying, lol ya guys always have something to say, why dont just shut up and let those inhuman things rot in jail so are those who are murdering farmers, we the free South Africans lets enjoy our freedom, Inqaba (castle) and voes

  • Masenyeletja Selepe Wa Mafefe - 2013-10-29 20:58

    30 years is not enough for hooligans like them cause they gonna be freed by parole because of money they have.

      Albert Fourie - 2013-10-29 22:23

      No they won't get parole cause they were not a SAPS chief or play golf in Durbs.Asswipe

  • Sanguine Lord - 2013-10-29 21:13

    I've wanted to comment on these idiots since this morning, but I am a productive person and worked. I called that the ANC are all murderers and should be given the death penalty... Why should these bastards get any different? Kill them don't feed them on my and my fellow tax payers' money dammit!

  • Steven Mahlangu - 2013-10-29 21:36

    you should have hang them

  • Phana Dube - 2013-10-29 21:57

    EFF Gov could hv done better with these lenient sentences

      Johan Fourie - 2013-10-29 22:09

      Whahahahahaaaaa, are you from comedy central?

      Albert Fourie - 2013-10-29 22:31

      Yes they could to nominate you,showerhead and bra julies for " the most stupid people of the century"

  • Mike Purchase - 2013-10-29 22:08

    30 yeas isnt enough for showerhead either

  • Mike Purchase - 2013-10-29 22:09

    Well said Mdu.

  • Albert Fourie - 2013-10-29 22:16

    Wtf.Why making a racial issue of this.They where convicted and sentence.But and a BIG but Why can you rape and murder children as young as 2 or 3 years and only get 15 years. Rape your own grandmother of 80 plus and nobody says a thing. I do not say they don't deserve there sentance but what's good for the goose is good for the gander

      Graziella Uncensored - 2013-10-30 05:02

      Are you really this stupid, where is the relevance in these cases.

      Thabo Malema - 2013-10-30 05:15

      Hahaha , uzoba strong Fat Albert

  • Vusi Mhlanga - 2013-10-30 07:47

    Why dont all you whites just get out of here. Shaka did predict that would come and take over our land. its ours and us blacks RULE like it or not

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