South African coup plot leader found guilty

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Posted: Jul 26, 2012 1:01 PM
South African coup plot leader found guilty

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A South African Supreme Court judge has ruled the leader of a small, white extremist organization is guilty of treason in a 1990s plot to violently overthrow the country's African National Congress government.

Judge Eben Jordaan on Thursday described South African Mike du Toit, a former teacher at a segregated apartheid-era university, as the "main role player" in a thwarted "war plan" to stage bomb attacks and kill former President Nelson Mandela.

He said Du Toit recruited supporters from among hardline white Afrikaners for his far-right "'Boeremag," or Boer Force.

Another 21 members were charged with treason in a trial that has dragged on over nine years. Sentencing is expected next month. They all face life imprisonment. South Africa has no death penalty.