Right-wing link in arms cache find

A 62-year-old man is expected to appear in court on Monday after he was arrested last week when an arms cache was found during a raid on his Western Cape home.

Almost 10 000 rounds of ammunition, a 9mm pistol, South African Defence Force equipment and explosives were found at the Worcester home of Frederick Rabie, a former lieutenant colonel in the commandos.

The raid was reportedly part of a police investigation on members of the extreme right-wing organisation, the Suidlanders, for allegedly planning to sabotage the Soccer World Cup.

The Sunday Independent reported that raids had taken place in Pretoria, Mpumalanga and the Western Cape.

The paper claims the investigation of the alleged sabotage plot is linked to the website www.boycott-2010-world-cup.co.nr.

The website carries a large banner that reads “Why We Are White Refugees …”. It carries articles entitled “Wake up Whitey!”, “Boycott 2010 World Cup” and “ANC: VIP’s of Violence”, among others.

Police have refused to comment on the investigations.

The Independent quoted a “well-placed” source within the Suidlanders as saying members were collecting arms and ammunition to carry out “dirty tricks” in an attempt to scare away foreign visitors.

However Suidlanders national coordinator Johann le Roux said the organisation was not a political movement. — Sapa

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