Hein Boonzaair, Johan Prinsloo, Mark Troller and Martin Keevey in the dock. Four men arrested in connection with treason and acts of terrorism appeared at the Bloemfontein Magistrate's Court during the ANC 53rd National Conference held at the University of the Free State, Mangaung. 171212. picture: Chris Collingridge 115

Baldwin Ndaba and Moloko Moloto

BLOEMFONTEIN: Four men have been charged with planning to kill ANC president Jacob Zuma and his former deputy Kgalema Motlanthe on December 16 with mortar bombs while they dined with delegates and guests at the ANC’s 53rd national conference.

The State further charges that if the mortar attack failed, the men planned to attack the venue with assault rifles and assassinate Zuma, Motlanthe and other high-ranking ANC politicians.

These details of the alleged plan to kill Zuma and Motlanthe were revealed in the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

Details are contained in a charge sheet which states the State’s case against the four rightwingers who have been charged with being the plan’s architects.

The State alleges that the plan was supposed to have two components – initially, according to documents and a confession statement, the rightwingers had intended to attack Zuma, Motlanthe, cabinet members and senior ANC leaders with mortar bombs while they were dining.

If the first plan failed, the alleged plotters, according to the prosecution, then had a back-up plan to attack the dining hall and kill Zuma and Motlanthe and cabinet members by shooting them.

The State insists the men had photographs of the conference venue, dining hall and entrance and exit points of the University of the Free State.

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