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27 Jul, 2012

South Africa Court Convicts White Supremacist Group Leader of High Treason

Source: JURIST, University of Pittsburgh School of Law

The North Gauteng High Court at Pretoria in South Africa on July 26 convicted of high treason the leader of an extremist group responsible for nine bombings in Johannesburg’s Soweto township in 2002. Mike du Toit, leader of the white supremacist group Boeremag has been on trial for nine years and is the first person found guilty of high treason in post-apartheid South Africa.

Editor’s Note: This story was not reported by any of the global media outlets. That would not have been the case had the convicted white supremacist terrorist been a Muslim. Such instances offer irrevocable proof of the anti-Muslim agenda of the mainstream media and belie claims that only Muslims are involved in acts of terrorism. Many such supremacists are living in Asia and the Middle East, embedded quietly in companies, NGOs and media outlets but all working to push anti-Islamic agendas.

Du Toit is among 20 men facing charges ranging from murder to terrorism and high treason. The charges also relate to an alleged plot to stage a coup and assassinate Nelson Mandela, elected president of South Africa when white minority rule ended in 1994. The Boeremag bombings were allegedly aimed at creating instability and panic to allow the group to unseat the ruling African National Congress.

The Boeremag (meaning farmer’s force in Afrikaans) is a right wing organization whose goals are the overthrow of democratic majority rule in South Africa and a return to the days of apartheid.

Boeremag sympathizers claim that the African National Congress has seized power in South Africa illegally. They allege that organized black gangs are secretly trained by the ANC, and rewarded via a bounty system for killing white farmers. They claim that the Boeremag exists to protect white farmers from attack and to reverse the ANC seizure of power.

Opponents of the Boeremag, including the South African government, claim that the Boeremag is a terrorist organization. South African police arrested 26 alleged members of the Boeremag in November and December of 2002, and seized over 1,000 kg of explosives. Further arrests occurred in March, 2003.

The first trial of alleged Boeremag members began under high security in Pretoria during May of 2003. 22 men were charged with 42 counts of treason, murder, and illegal weapons possession.