29 Oct 2013
Government welcomes the sentencing of 20 Boeremag members who were convicted of high treason and given jail terms of between five and 30 years by North Gauteng High Court. The charge arose from a rightwing plot in the late 1990s and early 2000s to overthrow the government.
The decade-long trial, shows how the attainment for freedom and democracy, has changed the lives of the people in the country. South Africa is now a democratic country, which is safeguarded by the constitution across the world and the Bill of Rights.
Government commends the investigating and the prosecution team for the sterling work and hope that these sentences will act as a deterrent to those who threaten the stability of our hard fought democracy.
Acting GCIS CEO, Harold Maloka, said, “The Constitution recognizes the injustices of the past and believes that South Africa belongs to all who live in it, united in our diversity. In this light, government calls for all South Africans to unite, join hands, and strive towards a better tomorrow. As a country we have made great strides in changing the lives of all South Africans, and encourage all people to live together in peace and harmony.”
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