20 September 2002
Two members of the extreme right-wing group, Boeremag, Dirk Hanekom and Henk Van Zyl, were apprehended on a farm in Memel district, Free State. They were taken into custody a month after a warrant of arrest was issued against them. Only Hanekom was charged with treason and brought to trial with 21 other alleged members of the right-wing Boeremag at the Pretoria High Court on 19 May 2003. The Boeremag allegedly sought to stage a coup and replace the government with a Boer republic. Ten other men, including three former South African Defense Force (SADF) members, had already been arrested in connection with the alleged coup plot. A search for other members of this movement continued. The 20 accused were later convicted of treason.