South Africa

Four Face Treason for Allegedly Plotting to Kill South African President

Are suspected right-wing extremists


Four suspected right-wing extremists allegedly plotting to kill South African President Jacob Zuma appeared in court on treason and terrorism charges Tuesday.

Mark Trollip, Johan Prinsloo, Martin Keevy and Hein Boonzaaier were arrested on Sunday in different parts of the country, the SAPA news agency reported.

State prosecutors alleged the group of white men aged between 40 and 50 had been planning acts of sabotage since the beginning of the year.

They were plotting to kill Zuma, his deputy Kgalema Motlanthe, government ministers and senior officials of the ruling African National Congress at the party's elective conference, state prosecutor Shaun Abrahams said.