Boeremag

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A filling station in Soweto, South Africa said to have been bombed by the Boeremag. As of December 2005 it remains closed and unrepaired.

The Boeremag (English: Afrikaaner Force) is the label given to a group of men accused of treason in South Africa, whose government described them as an extremist South African right-wing militia[1] with white separatist aims and is accused of planning to overthrow the ruling African National Congress government[2] and to reinstate a new Boer administered republic reminiscent of the era when Boers administered independent republics during the 19th century following the Great Trek.

South African law enforcement officials charge the Boeremag for being responsible for the 2002 Soweto bombings and arrested twenty-six men, alleged to be members of the Boeremag in November and December 2002, and reportedly seized over 1,000 kilograms of explosives in the process. Further arrests followed in March 2003.

It has since been alleged that the Boeremag case was orchestrated by the Crime Intelligence Department of the South African ANC government as exposed by ex-crime intelligence captain Deon Loots in his affidavit[3] to the High Court which was published in various media articles.

It has also been revealed that the South African government provides an annual slush fund of R600.000.000,00 for its crime intelligence department to source any anti-government movement, which does not require accounting for.[4]

The first trial of Boeremag suspects began under tight security in Pretoria during May 2003. Twenty-two men were charged with forty-two counts of treason, murder, and illegal weapons possession. Six pleaded not guilty, two have not entered pleas, one refuses to plead, and thirteen are challenging the court's jurisdiction, alleging that the post-apartheid constitution and government of South Africa are illegitimate.

During the trial plans to blow up South African actor Casper de Vries together with eight other individuals was revealed. The group is quoted for saying that the reason for this plan was because De Vries "was not on the right path".[5]

In October 2004 the Pretoria High Court heard testimony from a witness, Deon Crous, who stated under oath that he had assisted two of the accused, Kobus Pretorius and Jacques Jordaan, to manufacture 1500 kg of explosives. Crous testified that five amounts of 300 kg were reserved for five separate bombs. One of the planned bomb attacks was cancelled as there was too high a risk of white civilians being injured. The bombs were to be detonated on December 13, 2002, with various attacks planned to follow the bombings.[6]

In early May 2006 Herman van Rooyen and Rudi Gouws, two of the leading members being tried, were reported to have escaped.[7] The two men were recaptured on 20 January 2007[8] and were set to appear in court to face charges of escape and the illegal possession of firearms.

In late October 2013, Mike du Toit, the ringleader of a plot to assassinate Nelson Mandela and expel Black people out of South Africa was convicted of treason and sentenced to 35 years in prison. Twenty other members of Boeremag were also sentenced to prison terms of between five and 35 years. This included Herman van Rooyen and Rudi Gouws, two of the co-conspirators of Du Toit who were given longer sentences for their role in planting bombs in their attempt to assassinate Nelson Mandela.[9]

These men have been imprisoned since 2002. The trial lasted 11 years.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-24725177 29 October 2013. Retrieved 29 October 2013
  2. ^ "Boeremag accused loses bail bid". The Citizen. 16 July 2012. 
  3. ^ https://archive.org/details/SwornAffidavitByDeonLoots.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ http://www.iol.co.za/news/crime-courts/spies-lies-and-slush-funds-1.1319084#.T9ru3hdYuCP.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ News24: Boeremag planned 'new nation'
  6. ^ "Boeremag: 'We made explosives'". 2004-10-29. Retrieved 2008-01-30. 
  7. ^ "Prisons minister blames police for escape fiasco". 2006-05-04. Retrieved 2006-05-26. 
  8. ^ "Boeremag escapees in court under tight security". 2007-01-20. Archived from the original on 2007-09-29. Retrieved 2007-01-21. 
  9. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-24725177 29 October 2013. Retrieved 29 October 2013

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