Terror accused's lawyer asks for more time

2013-11-04 14:22

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Bloemfontein - The treason trial of two alleged rightwing plotters was postponed by the Free State High Court in Bloemfontein on Monday.

Mark Trollip, 48, and Johan Prinsloo, 50, made a brief appearance during which the case was postponed until 11 November.

A small group of close family members attended court on Monday.

Trollip's legal representative withdrew from the case last week and Judge M B Molemela postponed the matter at the request of his new lawyer Kenny Pretorius, to give him time to study the case and consult his clients and other witnesses.

Pretorius received the docket only on Friday. The State did not oppose the request.

Trollip and Prinsloo face charges of high treason for their involvement in plans to execute President Jacob Zuma and other ministers during the ANC’s national conference last December.

On 31 October, Judge Albert Kruger declared a third accused, Martin Keevy, 49, unfit to stand trial.

He was declared a State president's patient last week, and will be held at the Free State Psychiatric Complex.

During a short sitting on Thursday, prosecutor Silas Chalale informed the court that four psychiatric reports concluded that he was unable to stand trial.

‘Battle of Mangaung’

After attending a rightwing meeting in Kroonstad, Keevy apparently told people the "Slag van Mangaung" (Battle of Mangaung) was imminent and would take place on "Geloftedag", 16 December 2012.

Keevy also went to the University of the Free State campus in Bloemfontein and took photos of the ANC's elective conference halls and surrounding areas.

According to the charge sheet, the accused planned to gather weaponry, such as AK-47, R1 and R4 semi-automatic firearms, mortars and a G6-canon, to execute their plans.

The ANC held its 2012 national elective conference at the UFS Bloemfontein campus from 16 December last year.

In relation to the treason and conspiracy charges, the State alleges the men tried, between July 2012 and December 2012, to overthrow the government.

They apparently tried to get hold of mortars, firearms and ammunition to kill, among others, Zuma, Cabinet members, and other ANC members in Mangaung.

The State alleges the men intended putting themselves, other people unknown to the State, and the "Boerevolk" in a position to govern South Africa.

The State attached a list of 36 witnesses, who would testify at the trial.

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