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Plot to kill 'treacherous whites'

Boeremag trial hears of plot to kill 'treacherous whites'

Pretoria, South Africa

23 March 2007 03:48

Documents discovered in the possession of Boeremag treason-trial escapees Herman van Rooyen and Rudi Gouws describe a plot to kill "treacherous whites", the Pretoria High Court heard on Friday.

Captain Sietze Albertse testified that the documents were found in a townhouse in Centurion where Van Rooyen and Gouws were recaptured in January after nine months on the run.

The documents describe not only a plan for a revolution aimed at securing an independent Boer state, but also a plan to free other Boeremag accused from C-Max prison.

Police also found two assault rifles, ammunition, a GPS device, three cellphones and cash in the sparsely furnished flat.

The documents -- with Van Rooyen's fingerprints on them -- describe the ideals of an independent Boer state, the development of a revolutionary freedom struggle and the nature of rebels and guerrilla warfare.

The author makes it clear that the enemies (of the "Burger Bevrydingsorganisasie") were not black people, but "traitors" in the white community, including Afrikaners who worked for the state.

"Our biggest threat is not the ANC [African National Congress] or black people in general, it's TREASON. White treason," the document reads.

The document proposes freeing the other Boeremag detainees and then starting a freedom struggle with a form of ethnic cleansing ("volksuiwering") "to get rid of the cancer within".

From there it moves to the creation of a Utopian Boer state, using guerrilla warfare and revolutionary techniques such as propaganda war.

It describes the different stages envisaged for the struggle, culminating in a new government and commando units forming "the new army".

The author makes no bones about the use of violence.

Phrases such as "the heroic struggle", "taking back the fatherland metre by metre", "ANC oppressors", "white slaves", "revolution", "freedom struggle" and "war" occur throughout the lengthy documents, which includes maps and aerial photographs of the area surrounding C-Max prison.

The accused have opposed admitting the documents as evidence, claiming they were not relevant to the charges against them. The 22 accused have denied guilt on more than 30 charges including high treason, terrorism and murder.

The state alleged the document was highly relevant.

Judge Eben Jordaan provisionally allowed the documents to be placed before the court as evidence, but said he would have to weigh up their value at the end of the trial.

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