Judgment reserved in Boeremag trial

2013-08-08 21:07
Deon Loots (Picture: Beeld)

Deon Loots (Picture: Beeld)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Pretoria - The Boeremag treason trial accused will soon have to start stating their case on sentencing before the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria.

Judge Eben Jordaan reserved judgment on Thursday until the end of next week in their application for a special entry on the court record that an irregularity took place, resulting in a miscarriage of justice.

The application is aimed at getting a lever to use on appeal against the 20 accused's convictions on a charge of treason.

The convictions arise from a rightwing coup plot in the late 1990s and early 2000s to overthrow the ANC.

Some of the accused claimed during their trial they were soldiers engaged in a legitimate struggle for an independent Boer republic.

Their application to be declared prisoners of war was dismissed.

After their convictions, evidence was presented which they said proved that police crime intelligence had listened in on their consultations with their legal representatives at C-Max Prison and in court holding cells.

Retired police crime intelligence agent Captain Deon Loots, who was once the handler of one of the chief State witnesses in the treason trial, JC Smit, earlier testified that crime intelligence had encouraged rightwingers to become more militant.

He said Smit had been provided with training and explosives so he could train people to make and plant bombs. According to Loots, the police bugged the Boeremag accused's cells and consulting rooms during the trial.

Contradictions in evidence

Loots's former wife, Colonel Miranda Loots, his former brother-in-law, and Loots's sister are all still members of the crime intelligence unit.

He was put on medical pension after being diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder.

On Thursday, prosecutor Paul Fick said Loots's evidence was riddled with contradictions and improbabilities.

"The truth is not terribly important to him," Fick said.

He argued that Loots had lied when he testified that the police had made changes to Document 12 (the coup planning document) to make it more offensive before informers put it "back into the system".

Evidence proved that the first versions of Document 12 had already referred to war, hit squads and sabotage, he said.

Read more on:    boeremag  |  anc  |  deon loots

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.