Newscast Media PRETORIA, South Africa—It takes nerve for a foreigner to move to a
foreign land and demand the natives of that country move out so the foreigners can
occupy the land. The incident just described above happened in South Africa.
Leaders of a white supremacist group who plotted to kill Nelson Mandela and drive
blacks out of South Africa have been found guilty of treason and sentenced to long
prison terms. The case began over 10 years ago.
Sentences were handed down on Tuesday October 29, by the Gauteng High Court in
the capital Pretoria. Five leaders of a “Boeremag”(Boer force) white supremacist group
who had plotted to kill Nelson Mandela and drive blacks out of the country were found
guilty of treason and sentenced to jail terms of up to 35 years. Of the 21 defendants,
others received sentences of between five and 20 years while nine were allowed to
leave after spending 11 years behind bars during the long trial.
The “Boeremag” was a rag-tag militia of apartheid loyalists, some of whom were
charged with causing explosions in Gauteng, South Africa’s richest province. Most
blasts took place in the township of Soweto. One woman was killed.
Judge Eben Jordaan said that if the group had been successful in carrying out their
plans to overthrow the government, they would have plunged the country into chaos
State prosecutor Paul Vick, who has been involved with the case for the past 10
years, told the press that the state was satisfied with the outcome. “It was a fair
trial and we are satisfied that the accused got what they deserved, and I think the
community will be satisfied,” Vick said.
The alleged mastermind of the group, former university lecturer Mike du Toit, was the
first to be convicted last year for treason and was among those given a 35-year
The conviction and sentencing of the extremists is being seen as a clear message
that no form of terrorism will be tolerated in South Africa.
Source: Radio Deutsche Welle