Alleged Mangaung plotter denies guilt

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Bloemfontein - A man accused of treason and terrorism for an alleged planned attack on the ANC’s 2012 elective conference in Bloemfontein pleaded not guilty on Monday.

Johan Prinsloo, 50, appeared in the Bloemfontein High Court on charges of treason, conspiracy to take part in terrorist acts and possession of illegal ammunition.

The State alleged Prinsloo illegally tried to overthrow the South African government by trying to get weapons and ammunition to attack national leaders on December 16, 2012.

The planned attack was apparently aimed at President Jacob Zuma and other Cabinet members at the party’s national election conference.

Prosecutor Torie Pretorius read out the three charges before Judge MH Rampai.

The State then applied for a provisional order for its first witness in the case not to be identified.

Referring to the witness as “Mr A”, Pretorius started the trial by leading evidence from the witness.

The trial continues.


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