Boeremag claims dismissed

Judge Eben Jordaan dismissed claims that the Boeremag accused did not receive a fair trial.

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

PRETORIA - Judge Eben Jordaan on Tuesday dismissed claims that the Boeremag accused did not receive a fair trial.

He was speaking on the second day of his judgment in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria.

The 20 suspects face numerous charges, including high treason and terrorism.

Jordaan painstakingly started summarising more than 40 applications brought before him by the suspects over the last nine years.

Applications ranged from complaints of loud music and lights being left on in prison cells, to grievances about being shackled.

Defece lawyers also complained that more than 250 days of the trial were wasted over the years.

The high-profile case is one of the longest running criminal matters in South Africa.

During the trial, two suspects died and some of the men tried escaping on several occasions.

According to Jordaan, the men had no grounds to complain because the delays were as a result of their own doing.

The judge has not yet discussed the merits of the case and his ruling is expected to take several weeks to complete.

The charges arise from an alleged Afrikaner right-wing plan to overthrow the ANC government and to create a Boer Republic.