Discrepancies between testimonies in Mangaung treason trial


SABRINA DEAN – State witness Jaco Scherman today told the Free State High Court the only role treason accused Johan Prinsloo played in the Ficksburg mortar transaction attempt was to provide money and wait with the rest of the group.
Prinsloo is accused of plotting to kill the ANC leadership during its elective conference in Mangaung in 2012.
When asked by defence advocate Johan Nell to describe to Prinsloo’s role in Ficksburg to Judge Mojalefa Rampai, Scherman said Prinsloo provided the money. He alleges Prinsloo counted out the R9500 cash from a black bag in the back of the vehicle they’d travelled in.
He conceded Prinsloo did not actively participate in conversations about getting the mortars while in Ficksburg but just waited around with the rest of the group for information.
Nell asked Scherman whether he had given contact details of "Petrus", the weapons dealer, to anyone else in the group, to which he said no.
After focusing closely on the events of 12 and 13 December for the rest of the afternoon, Nell put it to Scherman that there are numerous discrepancies between his testimony and that of secret agent Mr A.
Scherman’s cross examination is expected to conclude when court resumes tomorrow morning.