Two members of the Afrikaans Resistance Movement (AWB) were jailed in Pretoria's Supreme Court on June 13 for 15 years for terrorist activities.
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GV PAN Accused Jacob Viljoen and wife enter court
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SV Second accused Hendrik Jacobs and friends outside the court
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Background: Two members of the Afrikaans Resistance Movement (AWB) were jailed in Pretoria's Supreme Court on June 13 for 15 years for terrorist activities. The men, Jacob Daniel Viljoen, and Hendrik Gerhardus Jacobs, were found guilty of terrorism after pleading not guilty of planning to assassinate leading black churchmen or of attempting to disrupt multi-racial hotels. They were also found guilty of conspiring to sabotage the multi-racial president's council, the government's senior advisory body, and to stealing explosives and possessing arms. The court also heard that they planned to murder Bishop Desmond Tutu, the outspoken secretary-general of the South African Council of Churches, and Allan Boesak, the coloured president of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches. Viljoen and Jacobs stood impassively as the judge told them he would be failing in his duty if he did not impose severe sentences. Before the trial started, both men resigned from the AWB, which advocates the banning of all political parties, an authoritarian government, and the strict enforcement of South Africa's race laws. Recently, in the same court, three members of the banned African National Congress (ANC) were sent to their deaths for terrorist activities.