Ratte refuses bail, continues hunger strike


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Independent Newspapers

Right winger Willem Ratte was granted R2 000 bail in the Witbank Magistrate's Court, his lawyer Jurg Prinsloo has said. Photo: Independent Newspapers

The bail application of right-winger Willem Ratte was postponed after he refused to apply for bail in the Witbank Magistrate's Court on Monday, the SABC reported.

As his hunger strike entered its 25th day, the State said it was ready to continue with the case, but this could only be done if Ratte applied for bail.

According to the SABC, Ratte's attorney Jurg Prinsloo said his client believed there was no need to apply for bail as he had not committed any crime.

His eight co-accused were released on free bail last week.

Ratte and nine others were arrested during a police raid on his farm in Balmoral, Mpumalanga in September.

They face charges of illegal possession of dagga, unlicensed firearms and ammunition.

The case has been postponed until November 1. -

Sapa


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Anonymous, wrote

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08:07pm on 26 October 2010
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@T-bozzz eGugs CT. Your name says it all. It took you sometime to come up with that snazzy name, didn’t it? I guess it must have taken longer to memorise it. Some good advise is that you please refrain from online posting. Your weak comprehension of the English language is showing. Please don’t try and understand the questions below, it is beyond you. @The rest. What if Ratte is actually right? Why is there very little media coverage about this? Why is the state not coming up with concrete charges? It feels like the old regime is back, but just in a different colour. They are destroying our rainbow nation dream.

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Anonymous, wrote

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04:33pm on 26 October 2010
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Justice denied anywhere diminishes justice everywhere. If senior citizen and Commandant Ratte is not guilty, the court must act judiciously to let him go.

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T-bozzz eGugs CT, wrote

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10:07am on 26 October 2010
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Let bygons be bygons. Let him starve himself to death. Away with criminals that deny the justice system. You can see that he still has the old apartheid regim's way of thinking. If you were found with illegal staff in your possession, isn;t that a case?

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LizzyE, wrote

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09:42am on 26 October 2010
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Nasty photo! So many other criminals are set free, why not these two? It's the norm in SA isn't it?

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Kingston, wrote

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07:36am on 26 October 2010
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@JJ.Running and training youth welding with illegal firearms? In your dreams can that be done. @JW, we fought apartheid with our bare hands and carcasses are men like you who knows too little about Mzansi. Prepare your passport, the aussies are waiting for you.

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Anonymous, wrote

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07:31am on 26 October 2010
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JW ...Another didosaur, shame. Trust me pal, you Ratte, JJ, Malema and your combined flock on the far left and far right ain't gonna stop us okes in the middle from making this country work. It takes A REAL MAN TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT. A few brain cells will do as well. I won't bother telling YOU ot get a life; probably too late.

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Anonymous, wrote

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07:19am on 26 October 2010
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JJ.... I would not waste time answering specifics as to what I do to an air head like you.You put nothing to me wannabe lawyer!! You too belong in the Malema, Ratte mould. Go away simpleton.Your IQ is probably lower than a Summers day in Antartica.

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JJ, wrote

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06:17am on 26 October 2010
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@anonymous, Ratte has been running a youth centre, training youngsters in welding and building; helping to rehabilitate them from their drug usage and turning them into useful citizens. You, Anonymous, what are YOU doing for the youth? I put it to you that you're in the middle of nowhere!

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MP, wrote

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11:27pm on 25 October 2010
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Yeah, I agree with mr nobody. Him and the likes of Julius dont belong to this society.

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Sarah, wrote

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10:53pm on 25 October 2010
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Just let him rot in jail. An example needs to be made of these racists. He clearly does not respect South Africa's judiciary and is clearly in contempt. I have no sympathy for this fool. Let him rot!

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Anonymous, wrote

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10:48pm on 25 October 2010
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Where there is no vision of the future, the people perish. -From the Bible The simple truth is that South Africans have voted real-South Africans out of office and REPLACED them with socialist internationalist extremists. The simple solution is that South Africans can vote themselves back in to South Africa and with a combined U.S.-SADF restore the country to its original Christian foundation.

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Imvubu, wrote

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10:20pm on 25 October 2010
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There is no place for cave-man today anymore let them keep up the hunger-strike till theyare gone.

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BC, wrote

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10:12pm on 25 October 2010
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What a shame that such a brave soldier has been reduced to this!

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JW, wrote

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09:44pm on 25 October 2010
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@JG and Anonymous, Willem Ratte is more of a MAN in his little finger than your combined carcasses - it takes a REAL MAN to defy the state that is grimly determined to keep this man incarcerated on trumped-up charges, as they fear him. There are REAL criminals out there who get away with murder and who are seldom caught due to these inefficient s0-called "cops." Get a life, the pair of you!

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JG, wrote

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09:08pm on 25 October 2010
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A dodgy looking couple and their mother dresses them ugly!

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Anonymous, wrote

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09:03pm on 25 October 2010
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Ratte, PLEEAASSE GO AWAY. You are an oxegyn thief in the same mould as loud fat Julius. You oke's are history. Us in the middle will make sure of that.

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