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Four white South Africans charged with treason for bomb plot

Published on Dec 18, 2012 5:38 PM
 
The police stand guard outside the National Conference of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) in Bloemfontein on Dec 17, 2012. Four white South Africans were charged with treason on Tuesday over a suspected plot to bomb a conference of the ruling ANC and execute President Jacob Zuma and other top government officials. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BLOEMFONTEIN, South Africa (REUTERS) - Four white South Africans were charged with treason on Tuesday over a suspected plot to bomb a conference of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) and execute President Jacob Zuma and other top government officials.

The four, named as Mark Trollip, John Martin Keevy, Johan Hendrick Prinsloo and Hein Boonzaaier, were brought into court in the central city of Bloemfontein surrounded by security guards armed with assault rifles.

State prosecutor Shaun Abrahams said the men wanted to establish an independent Boer nation and that they were planning an assault on the ANC mass meeting now under way in the city.

The plan included a mortar bomb attack on marquees housing ANC delegates, before an assault targeting Mr Zuma and cabinet minister as they had dinner, Mr Abrahams told the court. Mr Zuma and others were to be shot "in execution style", he added.

 
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