NPA hails first Boeremag conviction

Boeremag mastermind Mike du Toit was found guilty of high treason.

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

PRETORIA - The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) on Thursday said it was encouraged by the conviction of the Boeremag mastermind Mike du Toit.

Prosecutors successfully proved that du Toit was the author of the right-wing group's so-called "Document 12", which set out plans to overthrow the ANC government.

The decision was delivered by Judge Eben Jordaan in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria.

According to the judge, du Toit was part of the Boeremag's inner circle, which made tactical decisions during the attempted coup.

Jordaan added du Toit would have assumed a leading role in the new whites-only state.

Du Toit was found guilty of high treason.

NPA spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga said, "We are confident that the rest of the accused, some of which were foot soldiers, will be convicted."

The 20 men face numerous charges including terrorism and murder.

Jordaan will continue with his judgment, which is expected to take several weeks to complete.