Judge: Boeremag commander knew of war plan

2012-08-13 12:41

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

Judge Eben Jordaan was concluding evidence against the 12th accused Dirk Hanekom, the only one of the group of 20 who had changed his testimony during the trial.

Jordaan had already convicted 10 of the Boeremag members accused of treason, arising from a plot to violently overthrow the government.

On Wednesday, Jordaan ruled the Boeremag's "military commander" Hanekom knew well that the organisation was going to war, and could not plead ignorance.

The court rejected Hanekom's claim that he "didn't have a clue what was going on" when a group of Boeremag members embarked on a "D-Day" mission on September 13 2002 aimed at planting bombs to create chaos in the country.

Several witnesses testified that Hanekom was standing next to Boeremag leader Tom Vorster when he said there was no turning back, and that he would detonate the first bomb to show his dedication to the cause.

Vorster's plan was to move to Potchefstroom to take over the military base there after causing chaos by detonating car bombs at various locations in Gauteng.

The mission was abandoned when the police got wind of the plans.

Hanekom gave different versions of what had happened. He said he had stopped the mission because it was "disorganised". He also said D-Day had merely been an exercise to see how prepared the Boers were to defend themselves in case of a large-scale, black-on-white attack.

One witness testified he was told to address Hanekom as "general". Hanekom admitted receiving a rank from Vorster, but denied ever being addressed as general.

  • Arnoldus.DuToit - 2012-08-13 12:49

    If they didn't do any real damage, then this should be dropped just like malema's hate speech. Double standards.

      nrgx.nrg - 2012-08-13 13:21

      @themba...sounds like you have had experience in that area. If this is your attempt at debate ... oh who am I kidding, I know your response will be more attempts at insults. I dont know what is wrong with you, but I bet it is hard to pronounce, kapisch?

      boffin.bobreturns - 2012-08-13 13:23

      Yep, not your best themba...But I did like the " operasie popeye " comment.

      Arnoldus.DuToit - 2012-08-13 13:58

      @themba Your missing my point completely. I'll say hang them, but then also hang those ANC members that incite violence. Obviously age has nothing to do with inelegance when you only see what you want to see. Just like some blacks lost people due to racism, whites have also lost people due to racism. Two wrongs do not make a right.

      hans.himmler.7 - 2012-08-13 14:07

      Arnoldus, agreed. Truth is the ANC is more guilty of of running the country into the ground than these guys with their unrealistic plans. The ANC has blood and rape on their hands, but to name a few.

      themba.thwala.98 - 2012-08-13 14:15

      Arnoldus, I did not miss your point. While I don't condone Malema`s hate speech, I don't think Die Boermag should be set free simply because they were caught before they coukld murder me. I think you are comparing chalk and cheese. Malema was found guilty of hate speech, and was ordered along with the ANC to not sing the song again as it incited genocide. Had the punishment been serving a jail sentence, he would have had to go to jail. He must go to jail if he sings that song again because he will be in contempt of court. In the case of Die Boeremag, they were caught with weapons, they had detonated a bomb which resulted in the injury of a number of people, and the murder of one woman. They had plans to overthrow the government and murder black, indian and coloured people, as well as white “verraaiers.\ Furthermore, none of them have shown any remorse. They believe they have the right to murder. Above all, their offence carries a penalty of life imprisonment. If people who believe they have the right to murder others are set free, what do you think they will do when they get a chance to carry out their murderous plans? You think they will go around hugging black, indian, coloured and white verraaiers? I don't. Neither does Judge Eben Jordaan. So sorry boet, they are going to jail where they belong

  • blou.johnny - 2012-08-13 13:09

    ...18 000 persons murdered every year since 1994... ....3 000 food providing farmers murdered since 1994... ....Crime capital of the world, since 1994... ......Thank you very much, incomeptent ANC...!

      malusi - 2012-08-13 13:47

      Since you know so much about crime johnny please enlighten us. How many docters have been killed since 94? How many teachers, engineers, unemployed, police, students, have been killed since 94? Why the emphasis on farmers? Please my man, be a proud bigot and stop hiding behing half cook facts.

      mohammedsiddique.kadwa - 2012-08-13 14:06

      @blou.jonny - How many murdered by the apartheid govt pre 1994? How many non-whites displaced pre-1994? How many suffered pre 1994? VIVA ANC! It's not a perfect place, but we're working towards it. Thing is, as a non-white, I'm much much better off now than during apartheid. From your point of view,........agh never mind.

      mduduzi.nkosi.311 - 2012-08-13 16:05

      blou.johhny, you make it as if only the farmers are the one`s that gets murdered, boet crime affects us all as South Africans.

  • gil.l.ribas - 2012-08-13 13:16

    Jail is the place for thoses who hate peace...

      Matthew - 2012-08-13 13:50

      And the breeding grounds for those who thrive in their hate =/

  • luvo.luvos - 2012-08-13 13:24

    A modern thinking South African should be able to condemn acts like these whether they are being committed by whites or blacks. Ours is to concentrate on a future that is free of any racial supremism and we need to totally dismiss those who want to derail us from achieving that objective whether they be black or white. And that must happen in this lifetime.

  • Hermann - 2012-08-13 13:31

    These guys whether black or white, Boeremag or Dorpsmag, planned to overthrow the government by unconstitutional (violent) means. If one followed the trial carefully it would have been noticed they regarded whites who did not support them with the same disdain as blacks. So people get real and keep racism and party politics out of this. May they sit for 25 years and not on Robben Island as I would hate to see anyone of them come back as a president.

      tsheko.sereme - 2012-08-13 14:04

      Well said HermannH.

  • UNITY - 2012-08-13 13:38

    Nobody cares whether u are left or right ,black or white.. Leave the past in its grave ..picking on the deeds of others will not justify yor actions..or the eye for an eye ..would mean many people of today still live backwards in life. Rather grow on your values,and install good ones in preparing for your childrens future in a democratic country that is here to stay all real South Africans!!

  • thabojames.mohanoe - 2012-08-13 13:41

    LOL.fw DE klerk was in danger should the plan worked. lol

  • Mawela.Rabelani.Pilate - 2012-08-13 14:22

    If u know speech of Botha u will undstnd that no love among blacks and whitos......they dont have heart after what they have done to us(massacre) we let them live in our country but still they want to destroy us *we better kill the boeremag* Africa is for African(s)

      brett.bruce.121 - 2012-08-13 14:57

      Any person born in Africa is an African.

      willie.olivier.144 - 2013-01-14 23:03

      I shall pray for your soul, but I think it is already to late!

  • linda.nzimamazibuko - 2012-08-13 14:26

    completely derailed topic, people are arguing race instead of seeing a bigger picture(treason). not everything has be seen in colour/race!

      jowza1 - 2012-08-13 14:36

      linda.why do you think they were found guilty of treason

  • LordVaider - 2012-08-13 14:36

    The fools that blame the ANC for everything know nothing about politics. The ANC is not Gvt it just so happens they do control the various houses of parliament. Crime is not the sole responsibility of Gvt we all as citizens of the state have the responsibility to tow the line and not behave as if we live in a lawless state.Those who cannot function within society and resort to antisocial behavior(rape, murder etc) should go to prison simple as that. Stop making excuses for your own incompetence and apathy by blaming this and that, South African's seem to demand what it took other nations centuries to achieve to happen over night. We all need to support whomever preaches peace and unity and disregard those who threaten that peace and unity.

      jowza1 - 2012-08-13 14:39

      well said lord

  • Johann Enslin - 2012-08-13 14:46

    Fact 1. Somebody died. Fact 2. A government that bases it's policies on race, is racist. Fact 3. The Afrikaner through fear and nationalism allowed a government to commit atrocities. Fact 4. The the ANC supporters through hatred and vengence are allowing a government to perpetuate racism. Fact 5. Your blackness does not make you holy and your whiteness does not make you evill, a prick is a prick in any colour.

  • Buddylove Manzini - 2012-08-13 14:47

    I wish all the members of Boeremag, 2be convicted lyf inprisoner including their families, their knew the plans of treason.

  • rebonem - 2012-08-13 15:17

    Hi LordVaider and HermannH. Are there any more sensible people like you left? Cos if many people from different nationalities thought the same, we'd be better off as a country. I agree with you two.

  • rebonem - 2012-08-13 15:25

    I know the Boeremag story and trial sound incredulous to many. But this is hardly a new thing, and neither is the group the only one in operation. Those who are inquisitive and worried for their country should do well to check this out:

  • nadine.langford.77 - 2012-08-16 10:05

    If nothing was done about everything that malema, zuma and the anc did Why the Fudge should these GUYS get arrest?!!!!! malema, zuma and the anc think they can just do what they want! they always get away with everything!!! i've got no respect for the anc!!!!

  • piet.pompies.9028 - 2012-08-18 00:38

    On July 11, 1963, the white regime of South Africa arrested ten leaders of the African National Congress and accused them of 221 counts of sabotage and of conspiracy to overthrow the government. That trial took less than two years and was known as the Rivonia trial – after the suburb of Johannesburg where the revolutionaries were arrested. They were sentenced to different jail terms. The leader of the group was a lawyer named Nelson Mandela who later became the first president in post-apartheid South Africa and a symbol of freedom and democracy for many people in the West and in the Third World. Unlike the Rivonia defendants, the Boeremag prisoners were tortured and abused. Wilhelm Pretorius, a theology student 25 years old at the moment of his arrest in late 2002, is one of the Boeremag accused. He compiled an affidavit wherein the circumstances of his arrest are outlined: He was tortured by policemen in the ANC service for hours on end. It included continuous beatings, strangling, and “tubing” – a method whereby the victim is pinned to the ground, face downwards, whilst he is suffocated by a flat tire-tube being pulled over his mouth and jerked upwards until, in some cases, the back is damaged or broken.

      Thulani Ndwandwe - 2013-04-27 13:14

      They deserve 2 rot in jail

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