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Mangaung coup plotter gets 15 years

Prinsloo has also been handed a 6-year sentence for the illegal possession of firearms and ammunition.

FILE: The Free State High Court has sentenced Mangaung coup plotter Johan Prinsloo to 15 years in jail after he was convicted of high treason. Picture: RSC Inc.

JOHANNESBURG - The Free State High Court has sentenced Mangaung coup plotter Johan Prinsloo to 15 years in jail after he was convicted of high treason.

Prinsloo has also been handed a six-year sentence for the illegal possession of firearms and ammunition.

The 51-year-old was found guilty of plotting to kill ANC leaders during the party's 2012 elective conference in Mangaung.

But he was acquitted of conspiracy to commit a terrorist act.

The NPA's Nathi Mncube says, "Four of the 15-year sentence was suspended for five years on condition that he is not convicted of the same offence and also the four years of the six-year sentence that he received for possession of ammunition was also suspended."