Nelson Mandela plot racist guilty of treason
A white supremacist leader in South Africa who plotted to kill Nelson Mandela has been convicted of treason.
Mike du Toit, leader of the ‘Boeremag’ (Afrikaner Power) group, was behind nine bombings in Johannesburg's Soweto township in 2002, a court in Pretoria heard.
At the end of his nine-year trial, the former university lecturer became the first person to be convicted of treason in the country since the end of apartheid.
The court heard how du Toit had drawn up a blueprint for a forceful coup in which Mandela would be killed and black people evicted from South Africa.
Anyone who got in the group’s way of creating a racially pure nation, including whites, would be killed, witnesses said.