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Hermanus tourists will be given guards, pepper spray, whistles to protect them from feral attackers…
31-Dec-2009 HERMANUS, South Africa A fifth group of tourists hiking at Fernkloof reserve in Hermanus has been attacked within just a few months. Three international volunteers lodging at nearby Camphill School were held up at knifepoint on Monday morning by two men who stole their camera and a cellphone, police spokeswoman Pindelwa Mavakala said. And just as had happened in previous attacks, the attackers stoned the hikers, telling them to look away.
The hikers - Brazilian Luca Reigosa, Swiss Cornelia Schneider and German Anna Fliske, aged between 19 and 26, according to Mavakala - were not injured.
This comes one week after a Canadian couple of South African descent were stabbed, stoned and left bound by two men at the intersection of a jeep track and a hiking trail. A week before that, an Italian couple were attacked: noted is the extreme violence and cruelty with which these attacks are carried out: for instance, a party of elderly South African hikers was cruelly beaten with their own walking sticks.
Municipal manager Werner Zybrandts said the two women were body-searched by the attackers. Four of the five attacks occurred at this site and police are investigating “whether the attacks are linked”. After Monday's attack, which happened shortly after 11am, the three hikers walked down to the information centre at the Fernkloof Nature Reserve entrance. Law enforcement officers subsequently arrested a man they found in the reserve, Zybrandts said. Later, in the Hemel-en-Aarde valley on the other side of the mountain, Mavakala said a security guard had become suspicious and followed a man who was slowly driving a vehicle close to Camphill Farm while talking on a cellphone. "Two guys climbed into the car and he dropped them off later, close to Hermanus," she said.
Police officers, who had arrived on the scene, arrested all three men and found the hikers' cellphone and camera in bushes close by. Zybrandts said one of the four men - who were still in police custody late Tuesday - had been positively linked to Monday's mugging. "We're still busy with investigations to see if we can recover any of the items that were stolen in the other attacks," said Mavakala. As a result of the previous four attacks, Zybrandts said, warning signs had been erected at six of the reserve's informal entrances, warning hikers of the attacks and urging them to use the main entrance where they could sign in to a control book.
The three hikers mugged on Monday had not, however, passed one of these signs. "They came in from a totally different area on the other side of the mountain. There are no signs there." In the first attack on November 12, an Italian couple was held up while sitting on a bench. One week later a German couple was held up at knifepoint nearby, and a week after that eight elderly South African hikers from Strand were beaten with their own walking sticks, said reserve manager Grant Forbes. http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?art_id=vn20091230043520332C161573
Janet and Martin Stern, SA expats from Toronto, were tied up, thrown with rocks, beaten and then left behind, bleeding and injured; Fernkloof nature reserve, Hermanus
“They were vicious,’ the victims told Canadian TV news
Dec 25 2009. The Sterns had visited Hermanus annually for the past 10 years, but this Christmas Day they found themselves pleading for their lives after being stabbed, stoned, bound and robbed. This was the fourth attack in two months at the Fernkloof reserve. The news of the latest attack hit the headlines in Canada. http://www.cbc.ca/video/news/player.html?clipid=1367435107
The latest victims in a spate of violent attacks in the Hermanus mountains told the Canadian news media how they were stabbed, stoned, bound and robbed while hiking. Martin, 59, and Janet, 57, Stern, left, were left bruised and lacerated after the "completely senseless" attack.
Picture of a shoeless, blood-covered Mr Stern during rescue from the Hermanus mountain, picture by News24 reader Andrew Brooks
A concerned local hiker, Delia Scott, has offered a R1,000 reward for information about the attacks: "It is very close to our hearts because my husband and I often hike that route," she said.
Municipal manager Werner Zybrandts said Hermanus was stepping up its security in the area, erecting warning signs and offering security guards, pepper spray and whistles for hiking groups. Martin said having hiked for more than half an hour from the entrance to the reserve at the bottom of the kloof, they were walking along a jeep track on top of the mountain when they passed two men walking in the opposite direction. "I said good morning, and they nodded," he said, speaking from his hospital bed at Hermanus Medi-Clinic. A few seconds later they heard running footsteps behind them and presumed joggers were approaching. "The next thing we knew we were being stabbed in the back. I was stabbed next to my kidney, and they stabbed Janet in the arm," said Martin. "They pushed us to the ground and picked up rocks." One attacker smashed Martin across the face with a rock and ripped his bag from his back using his knife.
"They had large hunting knives that looked about 12 inches (30cm) long, then they really started roughing us up. " Janet started saying to them: 'Would you treat your mother like this?'" Every time she said it they beat her again. "I was trying to reason with them, but they were totally out of control," she said. "I think they were drugged up," said Martin.
Picture below: Cape Times, Michael Walker, also read Canadian news article: http://www.cbc.ca/world/story/2009/12/23/hikers-stabbed.html
"They were completely senseless - there was no rationale. "If they had just come to us with knives I would have given them the money equally." The attackers took a camera, Janet's watch and wedding ring and cellphone before forcing them down the slope away from the road, throwing rocks at them as they walked. About 30m down the slope the attackers used the couples' shoelaces to bind their feet and hands.
"We were feeling very faint and we were beginning to pass out and they told us to lie down. One of them kept saying: 'Don't kill them. Don't kill them.' Our worst thoughts were that they would slit our throats, or rape. "Janet said to me in Hebrew: 'We're going to pray to God,' and then they left us." The couple were left alone, dehydrated, drenched in blood and weak…
"There were flies all around us. The blood was caked everywhere." Reaching a bench at a viewing site, Martin said: "We can't stay here. We're losing too much blood." Staggering again down the jeep track, they saw a group of hikers approaching - the Jouberts. They gave them water, mopped their brows, applied a tourniquet to Martin's worst wound and called rescuers, who airlifted the couple to hospital. "They saved us," said Janet of the Jouberts.
Martin Stern said they agreed to be interviewed "because I don't want anyone else to be killed." Originally from South Africa, the Sterns moved to Canada more than 20 years ago. Born in Cape Town, Martin Stern is a vice-president and financial adviser at CIBC Wood Gundy. The couple had been returning to the Cape Town area annually since 1994. One of the couple's three daughters told the Globe and Mail that her parents had no plans to change their travel arrangements in South Africa despite the attack. http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2009/12/24/south-africa-stern-martin-janet-attack.html
Italian couple two months ago:
Grant Forbes, reserve manager at Fernkloof, said that in the first attack two months ago, an Italian couple were approached from behind and held up at knifepoint: "They didn't see the guys' faces." The other two attacks were similar. In the second, a woman was slapped in the face, and in the most recent attack, three weeks ago, eight hikers were mugged by two men who beat them with their own walking sticks.
In each incident the attackers were two men, although police Inspector David Payne still insists – despite the identical modus operandi that there ‘was no evidence linking the attacks’. They occurred on the same trail, in the same area. Zybrandts said two men were apprehended by baboon monitors after the third attack, but they were released due to a lack of evidence. "Their excuse was that they were looking for jobs," he said.http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=79&art_id=vn20091224053146203C608060&newslett=1&em=205034a6a20091224ah
- This article was originally published on page 1 of Cape Times on December 24, 2009
Unknown man also found dead on rock-ledge:
Police have also not yet identified the partially decomposed body found on Sunday away from a mountain about a kilometre above Voelklip beach. The circumstances surrounding his death remain murky. Contact information Overstrand municipality security officer: Director: Protection Services Contact Person: Neville Michaels Contact Number: 028 313 8914
by George Annandale -- The Star – Johannesburg
2009-12-29 -- “I woke up on Saturday morning to the exciting news that over 500 "Bundles of Joy" were born on Christmas day in South African hospitals. We need this glorious news like a hole in the head. Two-hundred of these babies will be dead by next Christmas…’ he writes.
- “Truth be said, besides the 500-odd babies born in hospitals a further five-thousand-odd were born all over the place; babies born in abject poverty from parents who cannot sustain themselves, never mind their ‘Bundles of Joy’. “
“What the tellers of the stories of delight omits from their good tidings is that more than 200 of these "Bundles of Joy" will be dead as Dodos by next Christmas, many of them having died most horribly of hunger or HIV/Aids related deaths.
The bearers of good tidings also forgot, conveniently perhaps, to tell us how many of these babies were born to unemployed and poverty stricken parents who can hardly afford enough food to render onto them the energy required to procreate. Many of them having probably harnessed their last bit of energy, most likely derived from an energy bar or Wilson Toffee, stolen from the nearest spaza-shop.
To add more gloom to the supposedly joyous Christmas birthing occasion, it must be noted that more than a hundred of the babies who survived the first year, will die a horrible and suffering death before they are five.
The four-and-a-half thousand who remain, after the initial carnage, does not face a life of moonshine-and-roses either. At least 50% of them will live on the breadline, having to scrounge a living from rubbish heaps, dust bins, begging and petty theft; never knowing whether they will see the next Christmas and not even having a clue that, odds are, they will be dead by twenty-five.
"What is wrong with that?" - some may quite rightly ask, not realising we live in a country, part of a continent that, with the best will in the world, have never been able to sustain itself and its people without alms and food donations.
That the ANC government and its partners refuse to acknowledge or address this very real problem is inconsequential to most. To them, the so-called leaders, the populist promise of social allowances, whilst hoping for a miracle, is the only way to handle the crisis facing the country and the continent.
Instead of facing the fact that too many people are competing for resources, they while away their time, making transformation plans whilst blaming everything, from labour-brokers to white farmers, weather, apartheid, thieves-in-their-midst and wages, for the plight of the poor and desperate.
To them, the so-called leaders, as virulent African breeders of note, the very idea of any legal constraints on breeding, like measures propagated, implemented and enforced by many civilised or half-civilised country outside the African continent, as solution to their overpopulation problem, is quite unthinkable, or as some would say, "Too ghastly to contemplate".
Instead of preaching moderation, African leaders urge their illiterate followers to "Go forth and multiply" and promise them monetary rewards as an additional incentive, encouraging them in their belief that their breeding is an assurance policy against famine and pestilence… http://www.news24.com/Content/MyNews24/YourStory/1162/538f7737d5fe4d7589d4cacf827af176/29-12-2009-10-22/Bundles_of_Sorrow
2009-12-31 SAPA – The SA Police has called up a large force to protect the Coca Cola plant in Pretoria . The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) has called on consumers to boycott Coca-Cola for four hours a day in support of soft-drink workers picketing in Pretoria. The call had a quick reaction: the company announced that several of its trucks were thrown with rocks and attacked. About 700 employees of Amalgamated Beverage Industries (ABI) staged a protest at the company’s Pretoria plant following collapsed talks with management. The workers are affiliated to the government-alligned Food and Allied Worker’s Union (Fawu). Numsa spokesmann Castro Ngobese called on consumers to stop buying ABI beverages between 1pm and 5pm every day so as to force the company to meet the workers’ demands.
Fawu general secretary Katishi Masemola said the strike was part of increasing pressure on ABI to meet workers’ demands for a 9.5% wage increment, a 45-hour working week and overtime pay.They also want a moratorium on the use of labour brokers.Workers have been on a countrywide strike since last Tuesday, threatening to run the country dry of Coca-Cola.
The union threatened to intensify its strike after it failed to reach an agreement at a meeting last Thursday.It called on workers from SAB’s beer division and other subsidiaries to join them in a sympathy strike, which could increase the number of protesters from 3,500 to 8,000.ABI said it had received support from non-striking employees and that only 938 of its workforce of 3?,66 workers were on strike. ABI has not changed its final offer of an 8.3% wage increase.It said the strike would ‘’ not run the country dry of Coke’ as the majority of stock had already been moved into the trade and much of the distribution was run through owner-run outlets.http://www.citypress.co.za/Content/SouthAfrica/News/2168/f855b29a1be24e92bcb72ee019d25a65/29-12-2009-02-45/NUMSA_calls_for_consumer_boycott_of_Coca-Cola http://www.thestar.co.za/index.php?fSectionId=2500&fDate=2009-12-31&fEdition=1&fIndex=1
December 31 2009 Trade union Solidarity said on Thursday that four workers had died at the Newcastle plant of the local unit of the world's top steel maker, ArcelorMittal.Solidarity spokesman Reint Dykema said one of the workers had broken his neck after falling from scaffolding, and preliminary investigations showed that the other three workers could have been "overpowered by oxygen"."The workers were carrying out maintenance when the accident happened and investigations are continuing to find out the exact cause of their deaths," said Dykema. He said another person had been admitted to a local hospital in a critical condition. - Reuters http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=594&art_id=nw20091231102652981C519914
Missing in Riviersonderend December 30 2009
In January, the ANC Youth League will put forward a discussion document on how to nationalise the country's mines. Floyd Shivambu said this framework would be put forward after the ANCYL discussed it at their lekgotla in January. "The discussion document will be clearly stating a framework on how nationalisation of mines will happen in South Africa," he said. Shivambu said the ANCYL would conduct study tours to countries that had greater State participation in the management of their economies and how this impacted in the development of their communities. "We will specifically visit countries such as China, Botswana, Zambia, Chile, Brazil, Venezuela and Namibia to study and learn how these countries have either succeeded or failed in the management and control of strategic sectors of their respective economies." http://www.fin24.com/articles/default/display_article.aspx?ArticleId=1518-1786_2566495
2009-12-30 – South Africa. A 41-year-old policeman will appear in the Jansenville Magistrate’s Court today after he allegedly raped and assaulted a 15-year-old girl, Eastern Cape police said. SAPS spokesman inspector Gerry van Rooyen said the girl left a Jansenville tavern with the policeman on December 27. He took her to a nearby rugby field where he allegedly raped and severely assaulted her. He was arrested on Tuesday and expected to appear in court on charges of rape and serious assault. The policeman, an inspector, is stationed at the Jansenville police station. SAPA http://www.citypress.co.za/Content/SouthAfrica/News/2168/1901e9b5456a4fd7bdf3d5e15129e690/30-12-2009-12-00/Police_officer_appears_in_Eastern_Cape_court_for_rape
Dec 31 2009 – Delft, South Africa. Cape Town police have arrested four out of seven men who stabbed a Somali shopkeeper and ransacked his shop in Delft. Captain Joe Wilson said a man went to the shop on Kunene street under the pretence of using the pay phone at around 13:45 on Wednesday."He then insisted that the shopkeeper open the door and assist him. When the shopkeeper opened the door the suspect attacked him by stabbing him with a sharp object in the left side of his chest," said Wilson. Six other men joined him in ransacking the shop and ran away with an undisclosed amount of cellphone airtime and cigarettes. Wilson said two assistants in the shop were unharmed. "Within an hour and with the assistance of witnesses, police arrested four of the suspects, aged 22, 23, 24 and 38, in the vicinity," he said. The men would appear in the Bellville Magistrate's Court on January 4 on charges of robbery and murder. Wilson urged anyone with information to contact Captain Johhny Wiid at Delft police on 021 954 9000.http://www.news24.com/Content/SouthAfrica/News/1059/86a50bbcde8f40b58d8e5a1f757db850/31-12-2009-11-30/4_held_for_killing_Somali_man
Why are those Boeremag accused still sitting in jail?
Dec 31 2009 -- We have started an archive on the most crucial documentation pertaining to the Boeremag treason trial. Fourteen of these 22 presumably innocent men, brought clapped in chains and wearing prison uniforms through crowds of howling, angry ANC-supporters who were swept up by massive media hysteria, are for their own safety, sitting in solidary cells in a high-security jail awaiting trial -- and one of these accused men has already died from a brain-infection incurred in the filthy prison conditions; others were bitten by prisoners, they get daily death threats and threatened that they will be gang-raped; they have been assaulted by prison wardens; bombarded with loud music for weeks on end and subjected to sleep-deprivation and other tortures.
Yet officially, under South African law, accused people are still presumed innocent until they are proven to be guilty – yet one of the accused men has already died due to this imprisonment, while ‘awaiting trial’ – he thus effectively was given the death sentence without ever having been proven guilty.
The trial starts its seventh year in May 2010. In May 2009, the Legal Aid Board announced that this trial had so far cost it R20_ 424_ 817, (R20,4-million +) making this the most expensive trial the organisation had ever funded.
The trial of the surviving 21 accused, who while readily admitting that they were Boer patriots, which isn’t a crime (yet) -- nevertheless either pleaded not guilty to 42 charges including sabotage, murder and attempted murder, or refused to plead at all -- is proceeding at a snail’s pace. This trial has caused great mental anguish for the accused men and their families. It’s not known whether the snail’s pace in which this trial is conducted, is deliberate or not: senior prosecutor Paul Fick SC confirmed in May 2009 that they have only sat court about an hour per day since February this year, saying this while accused Boeremag leader Tom Vorster was on the stand – and who finally balked. refused to testify any further after a gruelling two-month session.
Thus far, the testimony seems to mainly indicate that the main instigator of these ‘planned acts of treason’ had been the police spy Johan C Smit, who during cross-examination by defence lawyers, openly admitted to signing statements written by security police handlers on his behalf, without even reading them – and admitted in court that ‘some details of the statements he’d signed, had been inaccurate’.
Testimony by Boeremag members such as the potato farmer Henk van Zyl also revealed that this man was duped – that he would never even have considered making bombs until police spy Johan C Smit had actually suggested the idea to them, and taught them this skill.
Picture: Dr Lets Pretorius, leader of the practically defunct Boervolk organisation, testified in two-month cross-examination sessions at the Boeremag trial. Click on the picture to hear his Nov 15 2009 radio interview with ‘The Right Perspective,’ a US internet radio station, in which he describes details from his testimony .
There were many accusations by defence council that Smit’s security police handler superintendent Louis Pretorius was ‘manipulated’ and deliberately misled by Smit; that the police spy had embellished and even lied outright about specific incidents to get more money from the police. This police spy – the State’s most important witness who was a convicted thief -- was also revealed as a liar who may even have been involved in the assassination of the Afrikaner security expert Chris van Rensburg, who was his former boss.
The archives start with summaries from SAPA news reports containing testimony pertaining to the SA State’s most important witness, the police spy Johan C. Smit. We will be adding more details but these are of course very brief summaries. After all, this trial has already been going on since May 2003…
South African law enforcement officials charge that the Boeremag was 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.
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.
JOHANNESBURG (Dutch news agency ANP) – 26 August 2002 – The treason trial against 22 extreme-right South Africans was postponed after the defence accused the authorities of torturing the trial-awaiting prisoners in prison by continuously playing deafeningly-loud ‘black pop music’. The defence counsellors written unsuccessful complaints to the prison authorities. Advocate Piet Pistorius said the music has a ‘drastic psychological effect’ on his trial-awaiting clients, in such a way that they cannot prepare themselves for their trial. He described the playing of this very loud music an invasion of the human rights of these trial-awaiting men. Judge Eben Jordaan had already also asked earlier that the prison authorities stop playing the music but this thus far hadn’t happened, he said. The process should have started in May 2002 – but it constantly being postponed due to defects in procedures Adv Pistorius also submitted a request for postponement because the public prosecution had obtained information which should have only been sent to the defence attorneys, he said. http://www.stormfront.org/forum/showthread.php?t=84650
PRETORIA 6 September 2004 Sapa POLICE SPY WAS AN ADDER, BOEREMAG TRIAL HEARS
A self-confessed Boeremag coup plotter on Monday described police spy Johan C Smit as an "adder" who had egged him on to commit acts of terror. Free State potato farmer Henk van Zyl said in cross-examination in the Pretoria High Court if it had not been for Smit giving him instructions on how to make bombs, he would probably never have built one or become involved in acts of terror. Van Zyl claimed not only Smit, who earlier testified that he had infiltrated the Boeremag while secretly working for the police, but also alleged Boeremag leader Tom Vorster were government agents who had instigated the coup plot.
"There were so many informers and people who worked for the state that the Boeremag was still-born. It is my view that the whole Boeremag case was set up for the 1994 elections. We were misled all along. We ran after Tom Vorster, who deliberately misled us. Thank the Lord my eyes are open. If I had continued (manufacturing bombs) and those cylinders had exploded I would probably have been charged with murder." Van Zyl agreed with a statement that Smit had been "an active source of crime".
He said if Smit had not given him the instructions for a bomb, he would probably not have acted the way he did. "J C Smit is an adder, if have to be honest. He swore an oath with us before God that we were ‘all one’ while knowing that he was an informer. He took a false oath, that's why he's an adder," he said.. key words: Henk van Zyl testimony; police_spy_ J_ C_ Smit_ taught_ bomb-making; Tom Vorster; URL: http://184.108.40.206/~etools/newsbrief/2004/news0907.txt
February 2 2004 sabc - In the so-called Boeremag trial, cross-examination of the main witness, police spy Johan C Smit, has turned the court room into a story-teller competition, as Smit's testimony about a plan to 'overthrow the (Azanian) state' was challenged by Advocate Harry Prinsloo, counsel for for the accused Mike Du Toit. Asked how hethought one could carry out a wide-ranging plan to take over the country with so little money, Smit told the court about 'a certain Oom Jan from Bethlehem', who allegedly told someone else that he would give a field of sunflowers, - but the accused would have to harvest it themselves. Another person in the Free State had offered to donate 200 sheep, he said. Smit also mentioned Mike du Toit's retirement package, and the sale of bullets.
Counsel for the defence put it to Smit that the accused would deny that a so-called coup plot had ever been discussed at any of the meetings testified about by Smit. Smit was forced to concede that the "meetings" - many of them around "braaivleis" fires - were never formal and usually took the form of open discussions. He also conceded that nothing concrete had ever been done and no absolute final acts of terror had been described in his presence. He admitted that the meetings had just been "a lot of talking". But he remained adamant that a document setting out a detailed coup plan had been discussed at just about every one of those occasions, including an alleged meeting at a striptease club in Pretoria.
Meanwhile, police spy Johan Smit's cross-examination has led to other interesting developments. Smit, who claims he infiltrated the inner circle of the nationalist Boer organisation, is still being cross-examined by the different advocates representing the more than 20 Boers accused of planning to set up a Boer Republic. In a revealing admission, he said a security policeman had actually written it down, before he signed the statement. He conceded that he had never read through the statement word by word before testifying, although he signed it as correct. "That was my memory then, but I've noticed last night on reading my statement that there were a few mistakes...," he said.
Smit also changed tack on what he had earlier alleged were plans to take over the country's radio stations. While expanding on his earlier evidence that targets identified as part of an alleged coup plan included the SABC, Radio Jakaranda and Radio Pretoria, Smit said that 'later' it was decided to retain Radio Pretoria for propaganda purposes. To a question by Judge Eben Jordaan on how the SABC would have been destroyed, Smit said: "Well, the place had to be blown up... It would definitely not have been a job for one or two guys. It would not have been humanly possible. I don't know how they would have done it."
Smit's testimomony on what the Boeremag was planning to blow up or take over includes, so far, the SABC, the SA National Defence Force's operational headquarters in Pretoria, the fuel depot at Watloo, 4 Reconnaissance Unit headquarters at Swartkops, military aircraft like the Rooivalk helicopters, and many other 'targets'. Smit also once again touched on an alleged plan to chase all black people out of the cities along the N1 highway to Zimbabwe.
http://www.sabcnews.com/south_africa...,73484,00.html key words: Johan C Smit testimony; Adv Harry Prinsloo; Mike du Toit;
Chris Streicher, arms dealer Potchefstroom, accused of murdering Nic van Rensburg of First Defence Training Institute, fingers Boeremag spy Johan C Smit, security police handler superintendent Louis Pretorius;
Published 30 Jan 2004 - Article by: Laurian Clemence, SAPA. The Boeremag treason trial heard yesterday that some of the tape recordings secretly made by police during several Boeremag meetings may be usable. This was despite earlier claims by the prosecution that all of the tapes, which police spy Johan C Smit claimed he had helped to make, were inaudible and could not be used. Yesterday, chief prosecutor Paul Fick told the Pretoria High Court there were a total of 11 tapes, of which eight had been handed to the defence counsel. All of these tapes had been examined by different sets of experts and were found not to be usable.
He however revealed that three tapes might contain usable information and were presently being transcribed. It would be handed over to the defence as soon as it was ready. Fick also revealed that the originals of all of the tapes were no longer available as the tapes had been used again for other purposes. Only duplicates, or "original working copies" were still available.
Smit, who claimed to have infiltrated the inner circle of the Boeremag and testified about a series of meetings where a violent coup was planned, for the first time revealed the existence of the tape recordings during cross examination. This caused the defence counsel to demand access to the tapes, which they said could supply evidence in support of their clients' version. Advocate Harry Prinsloo, appearing for one of the alleged Boeremag leaders Mike du Toit, again confronted Smit with evidence he said a Chris Streicher would give for the defence.
Streicher, an arms dealer of Potchefstroom, will go on trial for the alleged murder of Nic van Rensburg, owner of the First Defence Training Institute in Centurion, later this year. Smit denied claims by Streicher that he (Smit) had opened a door at Van Rensburg's house for Streicher, after which he had stolen Van Rensburg's hard drive and computer on the orders of police handler Superintendent Louis Pretorius.
He admitted that he had been at the house when Streicher stole the computer box, but insisted that Streicher had broken down the door with a hammer.
He also denied telling Streicher that he had money problems, that Streicher had given him R2,500 or that Streicher had offered to help him hide from police if the need arose. Smit flatly denied that he had discussed a document setting out a detailed coup plan with Streicher at a church camp or that they had discussed Smit's involvement in making bombs and access to explosives.The trial continues today. – Sapa. Edited by: laurian clemence Key words: John C Smit was employed by First Defence Training Institute, Adv. Paul Fick, Adv Harry Prinsloo; Mike du Toit; Chris Streicher; Nic van Rensburg; First Defence Training Institute; Police handler superintendent Louis Pretorius; http://www.polity.org.za/article/some-boeremag-tapes-may-be-usable-2004-01-30
12 February 2004 – SAPA. The possibility of obtaining a formula for poison to put into water reservoirs in black townships had been discussed at a Boeremag meeting, a police spy claimed in the Pretoria High Court on Thursday. Johan Smit, the "shadow Boer" who claimed he had infiltrated the Boeremag's inner circle while secretly spying for the police, made this claim during cross-examination by Daan Mostert, who represents alleged Boeremag member Adriaan van Wyk. Told that Van Wyk would deny ever attending any meetings in connection with the Boeremag, a planned coup or targets being allocated, Smit said: "He did". "He was at a meeting with Sarel Kruger and Jan Viljoen (not accused) where they discussed plans to put poison in the water reservoirs in black townships. "Sarel Kruger said he had links with a man in America who was involved with the Ku Klux Klan and could get a formula for poison and that they could create a mass epidemic." Mostert said Van Wyk would deny these claims and would testify that Smit had told him about a planned mass attack by blacks on whites called the "Night of the Long Knives". "He will testify that you told him nothing can be done to stop it and that the government was behind the entire conspiracy. You said the security forces would not do anything," Mostert said, to which Smit replied that he knew nothing about such a conversation. Smit said he could not remember where he had met Strijdom Square massacre hitman Barend Strydom, but insisted that his only links with Strydom was regarding the case of bus shooter De Wet Kritzinger, because he (Smit) "was working on that case". He denied telling Strydom in 2001 about the planned coup and that the "new government" would release rightwing prisoners and give them amnesty. He also denied telling Strydom that Van Wyk was a "traitor" who should be killed. Mostert said Strydom would testify that Smit had told him Van Wyk had broken into premises, stole a computer hard drive and handed it to the police, causing people to be arrested. Smit said Strydom was clearly trying to "cover" for rightwinger Chris Streicher, who has been linked to a break-in and the murder of Smit's former employer Nic van Rensburg. He said if it was true that he had fingered Van Wyk as a traitor, Van Wyk's name would also have been on Strydom's hit lists. Smit claimed his name was on top of a number of hit lists distributed by Strydom. Smit denied that he had approached a rightwinger from Brits, a Mr P W Nel, and offered to supply him with explosives. He also denied telling Nel about a coup plan and badgering Nel about setting up a meeting to discuss the coup. To questions by Mostert if an informer could "manipulate" his police handler, Smit said this was not possible. Mostert said a former police informer would testify that he had been paid for information and had manipulated his police handler. This line of questioning resulted in a heated exchange between Mostert and Smit and caused chief prosecutor Paul Fick to enter the fray. Fick said it appeared that Mostert was "going into Smit's character". "He should be warned that we can do it too," he said. Mostert appealed to Judge Eben Jordaan to allow vigorous cross-examination of Smit. "My client faces very serious charges... He says he was involved in something he knows nothing about. The witness is paid for information. He is paid better for better information," Mostert said. http://220.127.116.11/~etools/newsbrief/2004/news0213.txt
Published 14 Feb 2004 - Article by: Laurian Clemence, SAPA - A statement by police spy Johan C Smit, the state witness in the Boeremag treason trial concerning an unrelated murder investigation yesterday resulted in heated argument and an application to gag the media. Prosecution leader Paul Fick asked judge Eben Jordaan to rule that the press could not publish a statement by Smit, the police spy who infiltrated the Boeremag's alleged inner circle and is one of the state's chief witnesses against the 22 accused. The statement in dispute relates to the assasination-style murder of Smit's former boss, Nic van Rensburg, who owned the First Defence Training Institute in Centurion. Rightwinger (arms-dealer) Chris Streicher has been arrested in connection with the murder and will, according to the state, go on trial in Pretoria High Court later this year. Attorney Daan Mostert, who represents the accused Adriaan van Wyk, wanted to use the statement in Smit's cross-examination, claiming it was relevant and related to Smit's credibility but the prosecution strenuously objected, saying that it was not relevant at all.Smit has been fending off a series of pointed questions by the defence since the trial resumed last month. He has been accused of "selling" information to the police and "manipulating" his police handler - which he denied. Judge Jordaan did not make a ruling about the statement, instead postponing the trial until Monday and asking Mostert to prepare written argument on the issue. – Sapa. Edited by: laurian clemence http://www.polity.org.za/article/statement-causes-argument-in-boeremag-trial-2004-02-14 TRC testimony pertaining to General Nic van Rensburg
Published 28 Feb 2004 Article by: laurian clemence Sapa - An accused in a murder trial will be one of the witnesses for the defence in the Boeremag treason trial, the Pretoria High Court heard yesterday. Counsel for one of the alleged Boeremag leaders, Mike du Toit, during cross-examination, confronted police spy and state witness Johan Smit with the evidence of Chris Streicher, whom he said would testify for the defence. Streicher has been charged with the murder of Nick van Rensburg. Van Rensburg, the owner of the First Defence Training Institute in Centurion, was gunned down in an assassination-style murder in May 2002. Streicher, 42, of Potchefstroom, was thereafter arrested for the murder. The National Director of Public Prosecutions will this week determine a trial date for Streicher's trial in the Pretoria High Court. During his bail application Streicher accused Smit of committing the murder and putting the blame on him. Mike du Toit's advocate, Harry Prinsloo, put it to Smit that Streicher would testify that he had witnesses who saw Smit selling firearms from the boot of his car at a shooting range in Swartkop where Smit provided firearm training. "Streicher will testify that you planted a cooldrink can with the fingerprints of Adriaan van Wyk (one of the accused) at the scene of a housebreaking (at the murdered Van Rensburg's house)," he said. Van Wyk denied that he had ever sold firearms, although he admitted that he had kept an illegal firearm in his possession on the orders of his police handler. "There were rumours that Van Wyk's fingerprints were found at the break-in at Van Rensburg's house. Nothing like that was ever found at the scene and if Streicher says so he's lying," Smit said.Smit admitted that there was "bad blood" between him and Van Wyk "because he (Van Wyk) kept on lying to me about certain aspects". Sapa. http://www.polity.org.za/article/murder-accused-to-testify-in-boeremag-trial-2004-01-28
On October 29 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.
Pretoria – Oct 29 2004 Self-confessed Boeremag bomber Deon Crous told Pretoria High Court he helped to manufacture 1.5 tons of explosives for five powerful car bombs. The Boeremag allegedly had planned to set the bombs off in Pretoria and Johannesburg in December 2002. Crous testified in the trial of 22 alleged Boeremag members, who have denied guilt on charges ranging from treason and sabotage to terrorism, murder and attempted murder. He and accused Kobus Pretorius, with the help of another accused, Jacques Jordaan, manufactured more than a ton of explosives using garden fertiliser and diesel. They were on the run from police after a series of bomb explosions in Soweto, Port Edward and at the Grand Central Airport in Midrand during which one woman was accidentially killed in Soweto by a collapsed roof 1km away from the alleged blast. Crous said:
"We talked about the explosives, which were to be divided into five bombs of 300kg each. "One of the bombs was to go off at Marabastad in Pretoria and Herman van Rooyen (one of the accused) talked about another one in Pretoria between high buildings near a bunch of taxis.
D-Day was Friday the 13th
"They also talked about two bombs in Johannesburg and Van Rooyen asked me what I thought about a bomb at Hammanskraal. "But, I said white people also did business there so it was shelved as a spare. "It was planned that the bombs would go off on Friday, the 13th of December 2002, which Van Rooyen referred to as "D-Day"," he testified. Jordaan wanted to leave at one stage, but Van Rooyen said he knew too much and could not go home. Van Rooyen had told them after the bombs exploded, they would start with attacks. He planned to attack and take over the Warmbaths police station and to free Boeremag member Braam van Leeuwen, whom they believed was being held there. Crous and Van Rooyen were near a Boeremag safe house in Pretoria with a bakkie full of explosives - a bomb in a sports bag, egg timers used for bomb timing devices, equipment for shrapnel bombs, their pistols and R-4 rifles - when they were arrested on December 11 by members of the police task force. According to Crous, Van Rooyen had told him to be ready to start firing when he realised they were being followed by police, but he did nothing when he realised the policemen were white. http://www.news24.com/Content/SouthAfrica/News/1059/a79c0b53ba1143718aaa379fed6927c7/29-10-2004-10-00/Boeremag_We_made_explosives
2004-10-29 links to testimony recorded by SAPA:
- Boeremag: 'Prayers, then bombs'
- Bomb plans to start revolution
- 'We tried to blow up Mandela'
- Boeremag: Plotter wanted out
- Boeremag trialists relocate
- 'Boeremag made condom bombs'
- Farmer tells of car bomb plot
- Boeremag accused 'unnerved'
- New Boeremag delay on horizan
- Mystery man for stand
- Boeremag leader takes a tumble
- Boeremag trialist has breakdown
Boeremag trial-awaiting accused get death threats, attacks and are victimised each day in prison – also by warders
2004-10-22 Pretoria - The conditions under which 14 of the Boeremag treason trial accused are being held in jail are to improve considerably for the next few months. After giving notice of an urgent application to stop correctional services from moving them out of their single cells at Pretoria's local prison into communal cells, the accused on Friday reached an agreement whereby they would be moved to the C-section at Pretoria's maximum security prison, C-Max, until their cells have been renovated.
- The accused complained that they received death threats on a daily basis, were threatened with sodomy and were victimized in jail not only by fellow, black prisoners, but also by some of the warders.
One of the accused, Adriaan van Wyk, said he had to receive a tetanus injection and anti-retrovirals after being bitten by a black prisoner in a seemingly crazed attack. They said they feared for their lives in communal cells and would not have access to electronic equipment presently used to follow the trial. According to the agreement, the Boeremag accused will get their own section at C-Max, where they will be housed in communal and single cells.
They will also have limited access to a private courtyard with grass and shrubs, will be allowed to use their own linen and have access to washing facilities. They will be able to keep television sets, radios and specified electrical equipment in their cells and will even be allowed to keep certain musical instruments and practise hobbies. Apart from this, they will retain all of their present privileges as trial-awaiting prisoners, including visits from family, friends, lecturers and religious workers under certain conditions, access to a public phone and the right to privileged consultations with their legal representatives. They will also receive medically prescribed diets and medical treatment where necessary. According to court documents, the cells where they were to be kept were particularly clean and neat, in contrast with their present cells where they complained about cockroaches, broken windows, sewerage overruns and a lack of water. Their "vacation" at C-Max will probably last throughout the Christmas holiday period until January 2005, when they will be moved back to the local prison. http://www.news24.com/Content/SouthAfrica/News/1059/a19fbd7894594c3ebf988d620b30dc15/22-10-2004-07-58/Boeremag_trialists_relocate
May 5 2009 -- The Boeremag treason trial has hit another snag, which may see even more tax money spent on the defence of the accused. The Legal Aid Board said on Monday the trial had so far cost it R20 424 817, making this the most expensive trial the organisation had funded to date. On Monday, after more than two months in the witness stand, alleged Boeremag leader Tom Vorster told the court he would not testify any further. He said he "would no longer tolerate" the "unacceptable behaviour" of the state and the correctional services department towards him.
- The trial of the 21 treason accused -- who pleaded not guilty to 42 charges including sabotage, murder and attempted murder -- has been running for almost six years. Senior prosecutor Paul Fick SC confirmed the trial has on average sat about an hour per day since Vorster took the stand in February this year to testify in his own defence.
Vorster has been involved in a heated verbal sparring match with Fick in the past few weeks, which saw him accusing the senior prosecutor of "lying" and being "malicious". He even told off Fick for "being fat" -- to which the prosecutor complained to the court that Vorster was becoming "absurd and vulgar". His complaints that he was not feeling well, or at times that he was "so angry" with Fick that he could not continue testifying, had resulted in the trial being postponed several times. http://www.mg.co.za/article/2009-05-05-boeremag-trial-hits-another-snag
Rightwing Hello, Africa! programme interviews Dr. Lets Pretorius:
Boerevolk leader Dr. Lets Pretorious talks about his 2-month-long testimony and cross-examination in the Boeremag trial, and his thoughts on a number of the individuals in the case. Dr. Lets also talks about the recent meeting of the Boervolk at Fighting Hill council illegally cutting off his electricity supply at home due to a dispute he raised. Download the interview with Dr Lets Pretorius of the Boervolk organisation describing Boeremag trial in his own words -- by right-clicking and saving http://www.boervolk.com/forums/showthread.php?t=670&page=2