Laptops may be key to death plot

Graeme Hosken and Thando Mgaga

HUNDREDS of documents embedded on the encrypted laptops of an alleged South African right-wing extremist group could be the key to a plot involving the mass assassination of Mangaung delegates and the ANC’s top executives, including President Jacob Zuma.

Yesterday, in three simultaneous raids on farms and smallholdings in Gauteng, the Northern Cape and Limpopo, Hawks officers seized laptops and files reportedly containing plans and photographs of the planned assassination site in Mangaung.

It is believed the killings were to have happened on Monday. The documents were said to detail the planned robbery of gun shops, military bases and police stations, and how mortars, sniper rifles, machine guns and armoured vehicles would be used to target Zuma, the ANC’s newly elected executive and thousands of delegates.

The raids followed the arrest at the weekend of Mark Trollip, 48, John Martin Keevy, 47, Johan Hendrik Prinsloo, 49, and Hein Boonzaaier, 51.

The four appeared under heavy police guard in the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court yesterday on charges of high treason and terrorism, while police followed up on information on weapons caches.

Prosecutor Shaun Abrahams alleged the four, remanded in custody, and other right-wing extremists had worked on a “deadly” plan since January.

The case was postponed to January 8.

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