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Kimberley - Jaco Scherman, accused of being the mastermind behind the alleged “hit squad” responsible for the murders of three members of the Steenkamp family in Griquatown, has denied ever meeting white female farmer and member of the Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging (AWB), Cornelia de Wet.
De Wet, in an exclusive interview with the DFA on Wednesday from her prison cell in Kimberley, claimed that R100 000 was paid for the “hit” on the Steenkamp family, which she added was aimed at “instilling fear and forcing farmers to make use of Scherman’s security services” as well as inciting racial hatred.
During her interview, De Wet implicated Scherman, owner of Panzer Protection, not only as the “mastermind” behind the Griquatown killings and numerous other farm killings, but of also being behind the plan to kill ANC leaders at the party’s national elective conference in Mangaung during December 2012.
In a telephonic interview on Thursday, Scherman, who gave the DFA permission to use his name, strongly denied the allegations made by De Wet against him.
“These allegations are nothing but lies. She has a personal vendetta against me after I refused that she use my company as a front to raise money. She is absolutely crazy. I have never met her and do not know where she lives. I have only spoken to her on the telephone twice,” Scherman said.
He also added that he “was on holiday for a week and far away (from Griquatown)” on the day of the Steenkamp murders, even though De Wet never placed him at the scene of the crime.
He further denied that his security company was “used as a front”, saying it was a fully registered company “specialising in close protection”.
He concluded by saying that he had given numerous statements to the police regarding De Wet’s allegations.
De Wet created a public outcry when she gave the DFA a detailed account regarding the alleged involvement of various right-wing groups in the murder of the Steenkamp family. She also indicated that the same groups were also involved in the Mangaung assassination plot against top ANC leaders.
According to De Wet, those currently facing charges in the Mangaung trail are innocent and were used as scapegoats to protect Scherman’s company, which she described as a “front to train right-wingers for war and terror”.
“I was present at meetings where plans (for Mangaung) were made and weapons ordered. Neither Johan Prinsloo, Mark Trollip or Martin Keevy (three of the four who are currently facing charges in the Mangaung trial) were present at any of these meetings,” she claimed.
De Wet, who has been incarcerated since May 2012 for the possession of ammunition and explosives (which she claimed belonged to Scherman), added that Scherman, as well as one of the other three men involved in the Griquatown murders and the person she claims is responsible for the rape of Marthella Steenkamp, had testified against her and denied their involvement with her.
“This is impossible, as (the alleged rapist) met my children, parents and friends,” De Wet said during the interview.
She added that Scherman had apparently posted a message on Facebook stating: “The call has been made. We are rid of Cornelia de Wet,” shortly after her imprisonment and that she also had e-mails from one of the persons involved in the Mangaung plot, confirming his involvement in the planned assassination.
During her interview with the DFA, De Wet also gave a list of people who she said were on a “hit list” saying Leeuwag and the Boere-beskermingsforum (BBF) had planned to kill, amongst others, Julius Malema, Jacob Zuma, Robert McBride and Kgalema Motlantle.
On top of this list is Scoop Cloete, a former Sondag (newspaper) reporter who published light-hearted articles about De Wet in the tabloid newspaper. He was unavailable for comment on Thursday.
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