Ratte’s claim against police fails

2015-02-27 12:12
Willem Ratte (Liza van Deventer, Beeld)

Willem Ratte (Liza van Deventer, Beeld)

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

Pretoria - A civil claim against the police by former SA Defence Force soldier Willem Ratte failed in the North Gauteng High Court on Thursday.

Ratte lost his claim of R1.1m against the minister of police, and another four lost their claims of R609 181.

Ratte, Petrus Hermanus Visser, Wesley Bornman, Corne de Beer and Christopher Riaan Meyer filed the claims alleging that on 30 September 2010 police illegally searched, arrested, and detained them.

The terrorism charges against them were withdrawn in the regional court in eMalahleni (Witbank) in 2011.

Judge Bill Prinsloo said police searched all rooms, except Ratte's, at a hostel in Balmoral, after a usually reliable informant said military training was underway to overthrow the government.

Prinsloo said a large amount of weapons and ammunition was found. The group had a parade ground, a flagpole, and uniforms.

Prinsloo said he could not see how it could be said that the policeman, identified only as Mahlangu, had acted illegally or irrationally.

He had no agenda against them and did not know them before 20 September.

"In a way it could be said that the claimants were in the wrong place at the wrong time," said Prinsloo.

Ratte, a former SA Defence Force soldier, occupied Fort Schanskop, in Pretoria, with an armed group calling itself the Pretoria Boer Commando on 16 December 1993.

It was intended as a protest against a multi-racial government. He was sentenced to 20 years in jail for the occupation, 15 of which were suspended.

In 2010 he was arrested on charges of illegal possession of dagga, unlicensed firearms and ammunition. He went on a month-long hunger strike while in prison that year.

The charges were later withdrawn.

Read more on:    police  |  sandf  |  pretoria

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

Competition regulation for a growing and inclusive economy

ADVERTORIAL: The Competition Commission of South Africa is conducting advocacy work in the South African automotive aftermarket industry and has gazetted a Draft Code of Conduct for public comment.


How to open a beer bottle without an opener

Do the right thing and never be thirsty again…


You won't want to miss...

WATCH: Man films himself going down water slide upside down as things go very wrong…
WATCH: Conor McGregor: Notorious the trailer
Best date night restaurants in South Africa
WATCH: Ryan Reynolds offers fans a free tattoo in new Deadpool 2 teaser
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.