Sunday, October 7, 2012

Boeremag Members – Entrapment by Police


This posting is a direct translation from the original Afrikaans article written by Jacques Pauw, as it appeared on the front page of Rapport - dated Sunday, 7 October 2012:

(Boeremag Entrapment)

  • Conspiracy by police spies exposed
  • Most costly trial must perhaps start over

After nine years and after the guilty verdicts of 20 Boeremag members for high treason, there is a possibility that the Boeremag trial can be derailed due to shock allegations of underhanded dealings by the police.

The trial is the most costly case in South Africa’s legal history.

New sworn affidavits allege that police spies planted evidence, incited, and enticed Boeremag members to commit crimes. It is further alleged that crime intelligence eavesdropped on conversations between the accused and their legal representatives while the accused were in custody.

A total of 20 Boeremag conspirators have already been found guilty of high treason in the Pretoria High Court.

According to Prof. Pierre de Vos, a specialist in constitutional law, if the sworn allegations are true - the Boeremag trial can be declared null and void. The accused can even be set free.

The case has continued for nine years and has cost roughly R100 million. The court record is 50,000 pages long, and exhibits are packed in several storerooms. The State has called 159 witnesses so far.

Media24’s independent investigating team obtained a copy of a sworn affidavit by a former intelligence-officer. The affidavit contained specific allegations, and includes claims of police deception (Afr: polisie-onderduimsheid) and the making available of explosives to the conspirators.

A prominent advocate from Pretoria confirmed this past week that he is acting as the legal representative for “senior and trustworthy” police officials, who submitted sworn affidavits containing details of how crime intelligence had incited, mislead, and entrapped members of the Boeremag. The advocate, who due to the sensitive nature of the case preferred to remain anonymous, said that he had already informed the authorities and handed over the affidavits to them.

Media24’s investigating team has a sworn statement in their possession – made in August by Captain Deon Loots, a former crime intelligence-officer. The statement identifies current and former crime intelligence-officers, who according to Loots conspired to plot a campaign against the Boeremag. He also alleges that eavesdropping apparatus was planted in the cells of the accused and also rooms where they consulted with their legal representatives. He also states that police officers – all white – wanted to secure their future with the “new management” of the police, and used the Boeremag investigation for this purpose.

Loots mentioned in his affidavit that he has been investigating the right-wing on behalf of crime intelligence, since 1994. He recruited and handled the police-agent JC Smit, who infiltrated the Boeremag. Smit was the main State Witness, and his testimony was described by the judge as trustworthy.

Loots mentions he doesn’t believe that all the Boeremag members are innocent, but that the group was enticed and motivated by crime intelligence agents. He said that the infamous “Document 12”, which was considered by the court as the Boeremag’s master plan for a violent Coup d'état by right-wingers, was typed on his own computer and further enhanced before it was presented to the Boeremag. The court found that the Boeremag leader, Mike du Toit, was in possession of “Document 12” and that he discussed it and also distributed it to other conspirators

“The Boeremag was powered, orchestrated and controlled by police members. Right-wingers were incited to create the perfect climate,” Loots said.

Paul Kruger, a lawyer who acted for 13 of the Boeremag members, said that the defence team always suspected their conversations were being eavesdropped on. In December 2003 an eavesdropping device was found in the cell of Lets Pretorius, where he was being held in the maximum security section of Pretoria Central prison. Kruger managed to obtain a sworn statement from a prison warder who confirmed this. Two experts also confirmed that the device was a highly sophisticated and sensitive apparatus, and in good working order.

When Loots was asked in, the past week, why he only decided to provide a sworn affidavit now, he replied that he had for years tried to bring the controversy under the attention of his superiors, but that he was repeatedly shunned.

The police agreed that they would react to the allegations by the day before yesterday, but have, until last night, not delivered any commentary yet.

Sourced from Rapport – Print Edition, dated 7 October 2012. Translated into English by Tia Mysoa.

Related Post:
Boeremag defendants: leftovers of apartheid or freedom fighters? By Avigdor Eskin

“A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear. The traitor is the plague.”
Marcus Tullius Cicero


Sas Kloppers said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

Thank you for joining the fray of those of us who are GATVOL of the SA Government, it's CRIMINAL Police Force, and the general mess we're faced with!

It's time the world becomes aware of the REAL situation in our country...


PreatorianXVI said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

So we actually have a white problem to deal with and then the other ones will be less of a problem.

whiteson said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

A good one as usual Tia. The traitor inside poses the biggest problem of all. I would say it's wise not to discuss anything with anyone. As an ex-police officer I know what I mean. I can tell you that after 1994 many of our colleages ran to try and get a posision of some kind with their new masters. At that time I was in Pietermaritzburg, a certain senior turned overnight to the oter new side. I also saw this behavior in SWA before independance, I also saw it in the then Rhodesia. Some of the turncoats much later agreed that they were mislead (I still wonder by who). Thanks for revealing this.

Anonymous said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

More to the point, these men have been held and incarcerated for close on 10 years. Should a mistrial be declared, what compensation will be paid, will their records be cleared and will they be assisted in re-establishing themselves in a very much changed South Africa? Methinks king zooooma and his troop will make all effort to ensure that these chaps are removed and neutralised, much like he has with Clive D Lewis. The sooner White South Africans recognise the fact that they are second class citizens in their own country, the sooner they can choose to either accept a "two tier" justice system (black right white wrong) or make plans to get the hell out of Dodge. Sadly, SA YT does not show the "saamehorigheid" required to mount a political or military campaign against the great unwashed, and confrontation is thus left to the splinter (sphincter?) left and right wing nutters. Some fail woodwork and other fall off their horses.


Tia Mysoa said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

Released this morning for publication online (Rapport):

Boeremag-saak was nooit regverdig’ by Jacques Pauw

The same article was published yesterday on the 2nd page of Rapport's print edition.

Tia Mysoa said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

Here’s the English translation of the above Rapport article :

The former crime intelligence-officer, Capt. Deon Loots alleged that the police trained a Boeremag infiltrator (in-fill-TRAITOR) in the use of explosives with the purpose of transferring (the knowledge) to the high treason conspirators.

Loots was the recruiter and handler of the police-agent JC Smit, who infiltrated the Boeremag and who later became the main State Witness.

Loots said Smit was trained in his own home (the home of Loots) in the use of explosives, with the purpose of instructing Boeremag members how to manufacture and use it.

A bomb manufactured and planted by Boeremag members caused the death of a woman.-- (The incident occurred in Soweto on 30 October 2002. Click here to read one of the initial reports, as published on BBC News.)

Regarding “Document 12” - the so-called ‘Master Plan’ which constituted the central essence of the case against the accused, Loots said in a sworn affidavit:

“The document was, since the beginning of the case, created, adapted and modified on my laptop computer. It was further enhanced by another policeman. The document did not originate with the right (regses), but was presented (opgedis) to them.”

He said eavesdropping devices and mini video-recorders were placed in the court cells and consultation rooms of the accused to monitor them. According to him a senior police officer departed for the USA to procure the most modern technology in this regard.

“I personally supervised the (eavesdropping) monitors while the accused were discussing the case and the evidence with their legal representatives.”

He said – everything was (saved) on a computer and sent to the crime intelligence headquarters in Erasmuskloof in Pretoria – to a place known as the “war room’. Loots said this enabled the prosecuting team to always be one step ahead of the defence and to thereby plan their retaliation strategy in advance.

“The case was never righteous and fair (regverdig) and the position of trust between the accused and their legal representation was violated,” said Loots.

He said none of the State Witnesses, especially the agents and policemen, drafted their own sworn statements. According to him their representations were customized by a senior intelligence-officer in order to confirm the events. After that - they signed everything like “parrots’.

Loots said he left the police at the end of 2001, but stayed on as the agent-handler of Smit. His marriage with another officer allowed him to stay informed, until 2010, of what was going-on in the inner circles.

Translated from Afrikaans into English from Rapport, by Tia Mysoa.

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Tia Mysoa said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

And so the truth gets revealed in drips and drabs, with connections to Jacob Zuma!

BSB-man is betaal om 2 te vang Rapport

Anonymous said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

There is nothing special about Crime Intelligence infiltrating extremist groups like Boeremag. In Germany the Verfassungsschutz (the equivalent of Crime Intelligence) had informers and probably even some actual agents at all major positions inside the rightwing-extremist party NPD. They even had informers who were involved with the murderous rightwing terrorists of the NSU.

When the German government tried to ban the rightwing extremist party NPD, there was very little chance of success, because the courts became aware of the infiltration by informers/agents of the Verfassungsschutz into the leadership of this party.

That has nothing to do with South Africa's police leadership being incompetent, this kind of infiltration has become standard procedure all over the world:
Crime Intelligence or FBI or Verfassungsschutz (or their equivalent in any country) infiltrate extremist organizations to closely watch their actions.

The problem is the thin line between a) infiltration of informers for the sake of watching the extremists closely and b) the actions of police agents who to some degress play the role of leading the extremists into a more violent direction, so that the state is able to persecute the extremists.

BTW - South African Crime Intelligence probably learned some of their infiltration and manipulation techniques from their members of the former apartheid era "Special Branch", which used to infiltrate anti-apartheid organizations very effectively, see Craig Williamson for example or the incident where the Vlakplaas killers gave boobytrapped handgrenades to the militant youths. I'm glad the current modus operandi of Crime Intelligence is not as savage and uncivilized as the one of the Vlakplaas state terrorists back then.

Tia Mysoa said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

Boeremag: Top cops 'orchestrated plot'

Pretoria - Top officials in the police's crime intelligence unit "orchestrated" a rightwing coup plot and supplied the explosives used to train Boeremag members, a retired police spy told the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria.

Former crime intelligence officer Captains Deon Loot on Monday testified that he had resigned out of protest against his superiors changing what was initially a self-defence plan to a coup.

Loots was testifying in an application for a special entry on the court record, which could eventually be used on appeal in an application to set aside the treason convictions of the 20 Boeremag members.

The convictions stem from a rightwing plot to overthrow the ANC-led government... Read full news report here.

Tia Mysoa said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

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