South Africa’s High Treason Club
In the early 2000s, a few years after becoming a democracy, South Africa saw the rise of a white separatist militia known as the Boeremag. Convinced that their existence was under threat, they devised a coup and planted bombs across the country while evading the authorities. This book chronicles the longest running criminal trial in South African history, piecing together court transcripts and interviews through in-depth journalism to explore the dynamics and ideals at the source of the movement and the coup. A firsthand look is offered at the dark consequences of nationalism and populism.
Karin Mitchell covered the Boeremag trial from 2011 as an intern journalist, where she quickly found herself going to visit one of the Boeremag accused in prison. The trial initially saw 23 men accused, which contained layered versions of events over the course of a decade-long trial. This is the first narrative of the various intricacies of the Boeremag trial.