Psych report on bomb maker 'biased'

2013-02-05 20:18

Pretoria - The State has dismissed as one-sided and biased a psychologist's pre-sentencing report on one of the Boeremag treason accused.

Dr Elsabe Steenkamp, an educational and counselling psychologist, started testifying last week in mitigation of sentencing of Kobus Pretorius, who is one of the 20 accused.

She was of the opinion that the impressionable, self-confessed master bomb maker had grown up with radical white supremacist ideals and been "raised to become a terrorist".

Steenkamp said Pretorius was now a changed man who had sworn off his family and their radical ideals, and that further incarceration would serve no rehabilitative purpose.

Prosecutor Dries van Rensburg put it to Steenkamp that the State would argue that her report had little of no value.

This was because she had inadequate background about the case, her sources were unreliable, she had worked selectively and was not objective.

She also did not have the qualifications to make some of her findings, he said.

Steenkamp admitted not studying the court record, and not consulting with the investigating officer or even reading the judgment before writing her report.

She said she had accepted that Pretorius was guilty and that her brief had been to evaluate Pretorius as a person.

Although she previously consulted with some of Pretorius' religious workers, Steenkamp said she had focused on his "new mother" Sonia Jordaan, and had made no mention of the others in her report.

Van Rensburg said the report would have been of more value if Steenkamp had tied it in with the evidence in the trial.

Pretorius, his father Dr Lets Pretorius and brothers Johan and Wilhelm are among 20 accused who were convicted of high treason last year.

The Boeremag bomb squad, which consisted of the Pretorius men and brothers Rudi Gouws and Herman van Rooyen, were also convicted of negligently causing the death of Soweto mother Claudia Mokone in a bomb explosion and conspiring to murder former President Nelson Mandela with a home-made bomb.

Hercules Booysen, for some of the accused, also criticised Steenkamp's report.

He said Steenkamp had failed to take into account the historical reasons for rebellion and group dynamics.

He put it to Steenkamp that not everyone who committed high treason hated other races or could be described as fanatical.

Steenkamp said her information that the top leaders of the Boeremag were racist came from Pretorius.

She admitted that fanaticism was in the eye of the beholder, and that some people's heroes were regarded as criminals by others.

The trial continues.

  • donnie.mccallum.9 - 2013-02-05 21:01

    i find it very strange,when these type of trials come up,the names of prosecutors, seem to have the type of surnames,or am i just thinking different?

      zapadela.tistarocha - 2013-02-05 21:26

      The latter.........

      hein.huyser - 2013-02-05 21:41

      yep, the latter.

      sally.lewitt - 2013-02-05 23:56

      Yup.. The latter

  • jerry.medina.756 - 2013-02-05 21:09

    Let me hear trolls calling for death penalty.

      adri.noble - 2013-02-05 21:22


      hein.huyser - 2013-02-05 21:40

      Murder is murder Jerry. If you do it in the name of your beliefs or for crime.

  • zapadela.tistarocha - 2013-02-05 21:25

    hehheheheheee.....The lady's word is doomed forever.......

  • kuhle.nco - 2013-02-05 21:26

    agh man this circus has been going on for too long, can it just come to an end already?

  • wilsong1973 - 2013-02-05 21:30

    Had to see were south africa would be if these idiots were successful. Should be hang for what there done.

  • solomon.sithole1 - 2013-02-05 21:39

    Hi All. I need help. My sister Elisa Sithole went missing on 28 Jan 2013. She was a teacher at Sebetwane High School(Tlakgameng, Noth West). We opened a case with the police but so far they have done very little. They haven’t contacted MTN to check her call history or even going to ABSA bank to see if there was any activity in her account after her disappearance. Someone said to me by now the police should have also questioned the boyfriend and checked his cellphone but none of that has been done. The only answer we get from the police is that they are busy with the case. I tried to file a complaint with their head office in Mahikeng, North West and they told me they don’t attend new complains immediately so they will get back to me. I just need to find my sister nothing else. If you know someone who can help me, please contact me Solomon Sithole 076 70 77 510 or email: Thanks for your time.

      rude.awakning - 2013-02-06 22:02

      solomon, i am truely sorry to hear of your plight! If you have a community policing forum in your area, approach them for help and if that doesnt help. The president has a complaints hot line .....use it if you feel that you have reason to complain to the NO.1 man in the country! In the meantime i offer you my prayers for your sisters safe return!

  • Tello Moleko - 2013-02-05 21:46

    going to school many years does not mean prosecutor cant hear the lie,they cut off your leg while complain about stomach pain while from many years of study

      rude.awakning - 2013-02-06 21:55


  • hein.huyser - 2013-02-05 21:46

    Changed man or not, he did the crime, he must do the time. If and when the system allows him to apply for parole and he has proven beyond any doubt that this "changed man" is for real, he must get the same treatment as the next person. Jails are for rehabilitation purposes after all.

      rude.awakning - 2013-02-06 21:53

      stem saam met jou 100%!

  • robby.setzer - 2013-02-05 22:02

    A few days ago the psychologist was named as dr Elsabe swanepoel now it's Steenkamp. Which one is it news24

  • anesh.ashokumar.7 - 2013-02-05 22:07

    What to say Psych can't confirm peoples condition they make the sick look better and better look sick Talking with a specialtist psychologist that what I think

  • anele.bungane.7 - 2013-02-05 22:11

    This is what happens when parents teach their kids to hate. These racist idiots and their ilk deserve the death penalty, nothing less, for their coward and dastardly acts. If they hate this country so much, why don't they go back to Europe which is where they came from in the first place?

      Die.Gemaskerde.Kussing - 2013-02-05 22:26

      Well... Technically we are all from Pangea and have a common ancectry regardless of race. Hope you share the same sentiment towards the government as well since I also get quite te racist vibe from them.

      bernard.nienaber - 2013-02-06 09:43

      F man this go to europe or australia rubbish is so last year, get with the program anele bungane

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-02-06 09:51

      Anele.bungane7. Yes and you came from the Congo in the first place. Grow up.

  • Die.Gemaskerde.Kussing - 2013-02-05 22:38

    So this guy plants bombs, the courts crucify him and everyone just spits out the old racist comments and a blah blah blah. But when Mandela plants bombs, we make him president and give him a Nobel prize... Not saying either have the right to kill human beings, but just wondering who draws the lines?

      Bonginkosi Ngubane - 2013-02-06 01:46

      I wonder why you still outside; you sound like the mastermind of the whole plan; your arrest is imminent. Lol.

      rude.awakning - 2013-02-06 07:21

      kussing, the difference is gleamingly evident. However Mandela too was arrested and jailed for 28yrs before being released. He wast made president but was voted as president in the first democratic elections in SA.(as if you didnt know it!) apartheid was oppresive to the masses and benifited only a part of the minority. There was reason to fight the then regime ( for the record: i dont condone the killing of civilians in any type of fighting!) what was the reason for boeremag wanting to take up arms , after a peaceful transition of power that was seen as the only one of its kind by the whole world! There were and still are political parties that represent minorities such as whites, indian and coloured communities. These parties are free to operate as they wish within the legal framework of the land. I can only view taking up arms against the current gov as supremist or racist of nature. Given that you can vote as you please!

      bernard.nienaber - 2013-02-06 09:46

      like i told anele right above you, the mandela was a terrorist rubbish you talking about is so last year, if you want to comment come up with something more original PLEASE......

  • HeinrichVenter - 2013-02-06 00:06

    Bungane, I can ask you why you don't go back to the north africa where your ancestors come from but I won't ask you that because you were born here, just as I was born here even though my ancestors came from the netherlands. I am just as much an African as you are.And if you even think that all afrikaans speaking people in this country are racists then you are truly ignorant.

      anele.bungane.7 - 2013-02-06 17:09

      It is funny how people who landed here from Europe now call themselves "Afrikaaners" and they call indigenous Africans "blacks" in an effort to justify their stay here. I wonder if Jan van Riebeeck had landed in China if his descendants would be calling themselves Chinese today, as European as they look and behave.

      anele.bungane.7 - 2013-02-06 17:16

      You claim that I come from north Africa, which is still Africa, not Europe. An African is an African, whether he comes from north, east, south or west of Africa, he is still an African. That I cannot say about white people, they came from Europe, which is not part of Africa, therefore, are not African. It quite fashionable these days for people to deny their roots and ancestry, you should be proud of who you are, European.

  • compos.mentis.58 - 2013-02-06 06:58

    Lock him up.

  • mordikaai.speak - 2013-02-06 08:22

    What is good for one is good for all

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-02-06 09:46

    In this case it looks like too many people think they are qualified where they are not.

  • gerard.labuschagne - 2013-02-06 11:09

    The Doctor's name is actually Dr Elsabe SWANEPOEL not STEENKAMP. The State Prosecutor was advised by the SAPS Head of Forensic Psychology, Dr GN Labuschagne, who reviewed her data and her report in preparation for cross examination.

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