Amnesty for Wilhelm Pretorius and the Boer Political Prisoners in South Africa
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Boer Political Prisoners have been incarcerated for over two decades. Some endured cruel injustice during their trials, some were entrapped by intelligence agencies and provocateurs; some were tortured or even left disabled with broken bodies; some a combination of all of these. They daily endure the cruellest human rights violations in prison with the minimum contact allowed with their loved ones.
With the support of the international community the ANC and its many affiliations succeeded in toppling the system imposed on South Africa during the apartheid years.
However, despite the commitment by post-apartheid (new) South Africa to the culture of human rights, the Boer Political Prisoners (such as the accused in the Boeremag Trial, some incarcerated since 2002), together with many other political prisoners, still are on the receiving end of injustice and the extreme violation of their human rights.
The post-apartheid (new) South Africa claims to be a country upholding human rights, equality to all people and the mutual recognition of diverse cultures. The South African Constitution states its aim to “Heal the divisions of the past and establish a society based on democratic values, social justice and fundamental human rights.” The coat of arms’ motto is: “United in diversity.”
Let the people from South Africa and from all over the world, unite in our plea for human rights and fairness. Let us unite in petitioning the president of South Africa to give meaning to the words South Africa as a democratic country claim to be. Our plea is for amnesty to all the Boer Political Prisoners.
Sign the following petition also please: https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/Free_the_Boeremaglede/?axECTkb
Watch the 2 min video, BOEREMAG INJUSTICE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLloX3Z7mGU&index=2&list=PLg_Mmj7cY2izOMiqdPJA_u20b-C0b_tJf
Visit the Facebook Page, FREE WILHELM PRETORIUS AND THE BOER POLITICAL PRISONERS IN SOUTH AFRICA: https://www.facebook.com/AmnestyforWilhelmPretorius/
To learn more about the Boer Nation's Political Prisoners visit www.boervin.org and follow @Boer_VIn on Twitter https://twitter.com/Boer_VIn and like the Boervin Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/BoerVinBoerevolksvryheidsinisiatief/?ref=br_rs
Sommige Boerevolk Politieke Gevangenes is in opsluiting vir meer as twee dekades. Sommiges moes wrede onreg verduur gedurende lang hofsake; sommiges was in lokvalle mislei en gevang deur intelligensie agentskappe en provokateure; sommiges is gemartel en selfs gestremd en verlam as gevolg van die marteling; sommige verduur ŉ kombinasie hiervan. Hulle het tot op hede van die wreedste menseregte skendings moes verduur in tronke met minimale kontak toegelaat met hul geliefdes.
Met die ondersteuning van die internasionale gemeenskap het die ANC en sy vele affiliasies daarin geslaag om die stelsel wat gedurende die apartheidsjare aan Suid-Afrika opgelê is, omvêr te werp.
Ten spyte van die toewyding van die na-apartheid Suid-Afrika aan die menseregte-kultuur, is die Boere-politieke gevangenes (soos die beskuldigde in die Boeremag-verhoor, sommige sedert 2002) ook saam met baie ander politieke gevangenes steeds aan die ontvangs einde van onreg en die uiterste skending van hul menseregte.
Die na-apartheid Suid-Afrika beweer dat dit nou 'n land is wat menseregte, gelykheid teenoor alle mense en die wedersydse erkenning van diverse kulture bewaar. Die Suid-Afrikaanse Grondwet verklaar sy doel om "die verdelings van die verlede te herstel en 'n samelewing te vestig gebaseer op demokratiese waardes, sosiale geregtigheid en fundamentele menseregte." Die leuse van die wapen is: "Verenig in diversiteit."
Laat die mense van Suid-Afrika en van oor die hele wêreld, verenig in ons pleidooi vir menseregte en regverdigheid. Kom ons vra die President van Suid-Afrika om betekenis te gee aan die woorde wat Suid-Afrika op aanspraak maak as 'n demokratiese land. Ons pleidooi is vir amnestie aan al die Boere Politieke Gevangenes.
Teken die volgende petisie ook asb: https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/Free_the_Boeremaglede/?axECTkb
Kyk die 2 min video, BOEREMAG ONREG: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wMjgm1ZeGtE&list=PLg_Mmj7cY2izOMiqdPJA_u20b-C0b_tJf&index=8
Besoek die Facebook Blad, FREE WILHELM PRETORIUS AND THE BOER POLITICAL PRISONERS IN SOUTH AFRICA: https://www.facebook.com/AmnestyforWilhelmPretorius/
Om meer uit te vind van die Boerevolk se Politieke Gevangenes, besoek www.boervin.org en volg Boervin op Twitter by https://twitter.com/Boer_VIn en hou van die Boervin Facebook Blad: https://www.facebook.com/BoerVinBoerevolksvryheidsinisiatief/
- SA Government
President of South Africa
First letter of first applicants:
IMPORTANT: Should there be any queries on information in this letter, kindly contact the petition holder at firstname.lastname@example.org for clarification.
Honourable President Zuma,
Petition for Presidential Pardon
On accord of art. 84 (2)(j) we hereby request you in your capacity of President of the Republic of South Africa the granting of Presidential Pardon.
We ask for your pardon on account of three main reasons:
1) We have been found guilty of Treason, a purely political crime
2) The justice system has failed us
3) The injustice of the judicial process
1. We have been found guilty of Treason, a purely political crime:
In the history of South Africa, all persons found guilty of High Treason were pardoned for their acts, except Jopie Fourie, who was executed. We were part of the so called “Boeremag”. In 2002 a proclamation was made to proclaim the restoration of the South African Boer Republic. A war was declared to restore the Boer peoples’ claim of self-determination. Our acts were purely political motivated and in accordance with the international law. Whether we were acting in accordance to international law or not, is not relevant in this petition. The facts are that we denounce any action which is not in line with the international law and contra a peaceful, juristic and diplomatic solution for the benefit if national peace and prosperity for all ethnic groups in the Republic of South Africa. We are of opinion that should your pardon be granted, it would be a clear statement of the Constitutions’ preamble and of international human right portraying the principle of the “Believe that South Africa belongs to all who live in it, united in our diversity.”
2. The justice system has failed us:
We were not being incarcerated without a trial, but we are incarcerated “by means of a trial”. The constitutions’ Bill of Rights article and international accepted right protecting the right of an accused “to have their trial begin and conclude without unreasonable delay” is denied in our situation. We were held captive by a main trial that continuing for more than 11 years. Most of us without bail and some with the most severe bail conditions. After the completion of the main trial, we were additionally sentenced with the shocking to 35 years incarceration, after an 11 year trial!
For the past 4 years, since October 2013, we tried to appeal, without success. Due to volume of the case, with a record of 61 000 pages and our incarceration conditions, some of the accused were not in a position to appeal, other had to launch leave to appeal applications in person, because of the delays of the Legal Aid Board for legal representation. But none of us
were able to launch an appeal because of the above mentioned factors. The international maximum time accepted for a fair trial is acknowledge as 10 years from the arrest till the completion of all judicial processes. We are being incarcerated for 15 years and the end of our judicial process is not even in sight.
3. The injustice of the judicial process:
Although we portrayed many unfair practices in our case, such as entrapment, disregard of the Geneva Conventions, disregard of privileged consultation, right to legal representation and various other arguments, we would only argue one fact to you regarding pardon and that is the
procedure of state witnesses on accord of art. 204 of the Criminal act. During the trial, 23 people were charged with Treason. Yet they used 300 state witnesses’ affidavits in the proceedings. These people acknowledging their acts as part of the organization. Of these 300 witnesses only 30 testified and the 270 people who declared their involvement (some were more involved than some of the accused) suffered no judicial consequences. Most were never charged and are still living free. There is no danger to the Republic nor did any activities occur afterwards. Two of the witnesses were refused amnesty by the court, but the NPO refused to prosecute them. If our acts were “of such horrible and unforgivable nature, putting so many lives in danger”, why would 270 of these people who confirmed their involvement with these acts be granted to walk free without any consequence, but only 23 people and even only about 13 would suffer more than life sentences? Be denied justice and be tried in such a marathon case that the volume in itself prevent us from any further judicial remedies.
We are willing to give our full cooperation to work towards a successful South Africa.
We therefor ask for your pardon to end this injustice and help us to help build a better and prosperous South Africa
Dr. J (Lets) Pretorius
Dr. J Pretorius
Dr. W Pretorius
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