Suspected DRC rebels appear in court

A group of men who were planning to overthrow the DRC government appeared in court today.

A group which was allegedly planning to overthrow the DRC government appeared in court. Picture: RSC Inc.

PRETORIA - All 19 men arrested earlier this week on charges of plotting to overthrow the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have been remanded in the Pretoria Regional Court for seven days.

They were arrested in Limpopo by the police and the members of the Special Task Force.

Magistrate Maryke de la Rey says they will be granted access to medical assistance, legal representation and access to their embassy.

The magistrate postponed the case to give the accused a chance to secure legal representation and for the state to use the time to check their addresses, criminal records and residential status in South Africa.

Prosecutor Shaun Abrahams says he will oppose bail when the men appear in court on 14 February.

Abrahams outlined his case to the court with de la Rey, telling the accused it does not yet constitute evidence.

The men are members of a group calling themselves the Union of Nationalists for Renewal.

It appears they were caught in a sting operation dating back to September 2012.

Abrahams says they were planning to overthrow President Joseph Kabila's government in the DRC.

Two of the alleged plotters are still at large.