White extremists 'planted bomb to kill Mandela'
RIGHT-WING extremists plotted to kill Nelson Mandela by blowing him up in his car, according to a prosecution indictment in the trial of 23 white supremacists due to begin in May. Three members of the terrorist group Boeremag, or Boer Force, are alleged to have built a bomb to kill the former South African President in October while he was travelling to Limpopo Province to open a rural school. The indictment says that Herman van Rooyen, Johan Pretorious and his brother, Wilhelm — three of the extremists facing treason and terrorism charges — placed the bomb on the road they believed that Mr Mandela would use. The plot was foiled when Mr Mandela decided to travel by helicopter. The attempted murder was part of an audacious, if farcical, attempt by right-wing extremists to overthrow the South African Government, install a white military junta and chase the country’s black population “into the sea”. The indictment also gives details of Boeremag’s plans to wage a car-bombing campaign aimed at creating panic among the residents of Alexandra, an impoverished black township in northeast Johannesburg. The document accuses the organisation of hiring ten Avis vehicles and storing them in rented property in Alexandra, where they were to be converted into car bombs to be detonated during the Earth Summit in Johannesburg last autumn. Full Story