Boeremag judgment could take weeks

Judgment in the Boeremag case will continue over the next few weeks in the North Gauteng High Court.

Some of the Boeremag accused being led to the holding cells in the North Gauteng High Court. Picture: Barry Bateman/EWN

PRETORIA - Details of a five-phase plan to terrorise black South Africans and form a whites-only government were heard on day one in the Boeremag judgment in the North Gauteng High Court on Monday.

The 20 accused face more than 40 charges ranging from treason and terrorism to possession of weapons and explosives.

Judge Eben Jordaan barely managed to read 50 pages in a judgment expected to run into hundreds more.

After briefly delving into the case, the judge started dealing with legal technical points related to the numerous trials, with the trial held over the years.

Several of the men argued they should be considered prisoners of war - a claim Jordaan dismissed.

Eyewitness News understands the judge has not written out his entire ruling yet, and will do so in upcoming weeks.

Jordaan has to draw nine years of testimony in evidence, in what has been the longest and most expensive trial in South African history.

On Monday, he set out a case against the men accused of plotting to overthrow the government and expel black people from the country by force, but has not even addressed the merits of the case.

Jordaan said the Boeremag planned to place food along the routes out of South Africa to encourage them to leave.

The Boeremag accused are:

Mike du Toit, his brother André du Toit, Rooikoos du Plessis, Adriaan van Wyk, Herman Scheepers (dead), Deon van den Heever, Giel Burger, Jacques Olivier, Pieter van Deventer, Fritz Naude, Tom Vorster, Dirk Hanekom, Lets Pretorius, Frik Boltman (dead), Jurie Vermeulen, Vis Visagie, Herman van Rooyen, brothers Johan, Kobus and Wilhelm Pretorius, Rudi Gouws and Jacques Jordaan.