Ratte doesn't want to apply for bail
Oct 11, 2010 2:17 PM
By Sapa, Times Live
Rightwinger Willem Ratte has decided he will not apply for bail when he and nine other people return to court on preliminary weapons charges on Friday, his lawyer said on Monday.
"He is an angry man. He is not happy with the way that the State acted in this specific case. As far as he is concerned, they are keeping him in custody for no valid reason at all," said his attorney Daan Mostert.
He said it was possible that Ratte was trying to make a point with his decision.
Ratte and nine others made a brief appearance in the Witbank Magistrate's Court on Monday after being arrested during a police raid on his farm.
"Their case was postponed to Friday because some information about the accused still needs to ascertained," said National Prosecuting Authority spokesman Mthunzi Mhaga.
Mhaga said Ratte gave no reason to the prosecutors for his decision to abandon bail.
The preliminary charges were possession of dagga and unlicensed firearms.
The 10 were arrested in Balmoral, Mpumalanga, after police received information of a large number of arms and ammunition on Ratte's farm and that people were allegedly receiving military training there.
An urgent application in the High Court in Pretoria for their release failed when the judge turned down their request last Wednesday.
According to the 62-year-old Ratte's charge sheet, he was detained for the "protection of the constitutional democracy against acts of terrorism" and "possession of arms and ammunition".
Mhaga said at this stage there were no charges of terrorism.
At the Pretoria hearing, counsel for the accused Johan van Wyk told the court their arrests were unlawful as there had been no search warrant for the farm where they were arrested, and the men had not done anything unlawful.
Five of the 12 weapons seized were pellet guns for which no licence was required, while the others were licensed.
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Willem Ratte - the Legend
The life and ideals of a German Boer
in the fight for freedom and justice in South Africa
Christina, Wimpie, Johannes and Maria
This modest booklet would not have appeared had it not been for the assistance given to me by Mrs Zaanzie Ratte and Mr Horst Graefe. The photographs of the Ombili Foundation were made available by Mr Dawid van der Merwe; those from the fifties to eighties are personal property of the Ratte family, and we are indebted to them for making these available. The remaining photographs were taken by the author. Thanks are also due to my wife Tina for her patient proofreading or the original manuscript.
This first edition was written in five very hectic days and sleepless nights. We ask for the reader's indulgence in this respect; a comprehensive biography of Willem Ratte should not be expected.
Neither were the following pages intended to be a comprehensive historical study or a political manifesto. However, I did make a special effort to respond to the request, voiced by many concerned and sympathetic persons, to produce a review of Willem Ratte's life, ideals and influence to date as soon as possible.
The decisive reason for publishing this book is as simple as it is tragic. The South African government under Nelson Mandela is being confronted by a tremendous legal scandal - and it is keeping silent. It is silencing it to death. In the interests of justice and humanity, this silence must be broken. Numerous highly esteemed and serious-minded international organisations and interest groups, but also idealistic individuals have realised the seriousness of the situation, heeded the call of the moment and intervened for Willem Ratte's release during the past weeks. Despite this, the government of the rainbow nation, though claiming to strive for truth and reconciliation, is turning a deaf ear or indulges itself with nothing more than implausible and high-sounding phrases devoid of meaning.
Since his scandalous sentence on 3 May, one of South Africa's best officers has been on a hunger strike. This account endeavours to explain what commandant Ratte hopes to achieve by his selfsacrificing resistance. Whatever course the miscarriage of justice of which Willem Ratte was the victim may take, if the practising of double standards that has by now become entrenched and the suppression of undesirable peoples continue, South Africa will ultimately have only one future - civil war.
Like the Zulus and other peoples living in South Africa, the Boers also wish to live in peace and happiness. Willem Ratte speaks the language of our own hearts. Only one thought underlies this book - freedom!
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