South Africa’s High Treason Club

The White Separatist Boeremag Conspirators on Trial

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About the Book

In the early 2000s, a few years after becoming a democracy, South Africa saw the rise of a white separatist militia known as the Boeremag. Convinced that their existence was under threat, they devised a coup and planted bombs across the country while evading the authorities. This book chronicles the longest running criminal trial in South African history, piecing together court transcripts and interviews through in-depth journalism to explore the dynamics and ideals at the source of the movement and the coup. A firsthand look is offered at the dark consequences of nationalism and populism.

About the Author(s)

Karin Mitchell is a writer living in a small town bordering the Kruger National Park in the heart of the South African bush. She has worked as a journalist in several top South African newsrooms covering major political and national events across the country.

Bibliographic Details

Karin Mitchell

Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 246
Bibliographic Info: 23 photos, maps, glossary, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2019
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7883-2
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3692-4
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments • ix
Introduction • 1
Glossary • 7
The Boeremag Accused • 9
Chapter  1 • 11
Chapter  2 • 24
Chapter  3 • 33
Chapter  4 • 40
Chapter  5 • 49
Chapter  6 • 57
Chapter  7 • 65
Chapter  8 • 74
Chapter  9 • 81
Chapter 10 • 90
Chapter 11 •  96
Chapter 12 • 103
Chapter 13 • 111
Chapter 14 • 120
Chapter 15 • 134
Chapter 16 • 148
Chapter 17 • 161
Chapter 18 • 175
Chapter 20 • 197
Afterword • 215
Chapter Notes • 219
Bibliography and Sources • 227
Index • 231