Zapiro’s latest cartoon
20 alleged Boeremag ( meaning Boer Force, is a South African right-wing activism group with white separatist aims and is accused of planning to overthrow the ruling African National Congress government and to reinstate a new Boer administered republic reminiscent of the era when Boers administered independent republics during the 19th century following the Great Trek. ) members are facing 43 charges including treason, terrorism, sabotage and murder. In 2002, there was a series of explosions rocking Soweto, Bronkhorspruit and KwaZulu-Natal, ostensibly to sow chaos and mayhem and overthrow the government. After swift action, the far rightwing plans were halted. The first trial of Boeremag suspects began under tight security in Pretoria during May 2003. Twenty-two men were charged with forty-two counts of treason, murder, and illegal weapons possession. Six pleaded not guilty, two have not entered pleas, one refuses to plead, and thirteen are challenging the court’s jurisdiction, alleging that the post-apartheid constitution and government of South Africa are illegitimate.
Zapiro’s brilliant cartoon on Boeremag & Chad le Clos - vat so verkramptes!