Link.Mike du Toit was accused number one in the trial – the first to be arrested and the most senior leader of the group of coup plotters in all but name.
On Thursday, Judge Eben Jordaan – in a judgment that took nearly two full days to deliver – said that Du Toit had authored a blueprint for revolution that was to evict black people from most of South Africa and was intended to kill anyone and everyone who got in its way.
- The Boeremag group developed a plan that was remarkably detailed in some respects – and astonishingly vague in others – for taking control of South Africa. Parts were implemented, but for the most part it remained pure fantasy. Some of the highlights that have emerged during the course of the trial include:
- White Afrikaners would be asked to store 200 litres of diesel and three days' worth of food for use by the attackers;
- Aerial photos would be used to plan attacks on key military bases, using a combination of personal weapons and inside help;
- Heavier weapons would be seized from captured bases and untrained men would arm themselves with sophisticated weapons systems for assaults on more bases and the capital, Pretoria;
- Attack aircraft under the control of the government would be shot down by Boeremag soldiers armed with hunting rifles stationed outside air bases;
- Key individuals, including the minister of safety and security, and possibly Nelson Mandela, would be assassinated, probably by snipers;
- Electricity to all or most of South Africa would be switched off by Eskom insiders – this would be both a signal for other groups to act and a way to sow chaos and panic;
- The SABC and other broadcasters (notably Radio Pretoria and Radio Jacaranda) would be seized and, once electricity was restored, used to announce that a white coup was in progress;
- White Afrikaners would flock to the banner of the Boeremag and attack black people;
- Black people would be strongly encouraged to make for the northern borders or the Eastern Cape by attacking them from behind and leaving food along major routes;
- These black people would be housed in refugee camps established by the United Nations;
- Coloureds and Indians who helped in the coup would be betrayed as soon as black people were evicted and either shot or kicked out of the country;
- Anyone who did not comply, both white and black, would be summarily shot;
- A military government would be established, made up only of white people and with high posts reserved for the Boeremag leaders and a bureaucracy strongly influenced by the ideas of Adolf Hitler; and
- White South African expatriates would flock back to the country, hastening the process of turning it into an economically vibrant white Utopia.