Five convicted for Mandela murder plot

Five more Boeremag members have been found guilty for planning to murder former president Nelson Mandela.

Boeremag accused and their lawyers in the North Gauteng High Court. Picture: Barry Bateman/EWN

PRETORIA - Five Boeremag accused were found guilty of conspiring to murder former president Nelson Mandela.

Nineteen of the 20 accused have already been found guilty of high treason in the North Gauteng High Court.

Judge Eben Jordaan on Friday found Boeremag bombers Herman van Rooyen, Rudi Gouws, and brothers Johan, Kobus, and Wilhelm Pretorius guilty of conspiring to murder Mandela with a home-made bomb in October 2002.

The men were also found guilty of culpable homicide resulting from the death of Claudia Mokone in Soweto.

She died as a result of a boming organised by the right-wing group.

The Boeremag were arrested on suspicion of planning to overthrow the ANC-led government.

The trial has dragged on for nine years and two suspects died before the case could end.