Mark Trollip and Johan Prinsloo, two of the four alleged Mangaung right-winters, have notified authorities at the Grootvlei Prison that they will embark on a hunger strike starting on August 5. Lead investigator, Francois Laux, says the two feel that the investigations are taking too long want things wrapped up as soon as possible.
Spokesperson for the Free State department of correctional services, Puleng Mokhoane, confirmed that the department has received notice of the pairs intention to go on a hunger strike, and will be monitoring them closely.
Prinsloo and Trollip are the only two of the four accused who are currently in prison. Hein Boonzaaier was granted R80 000 bail earlier this year and Martin Keevy was last week transferred to the Free State Psychiatric Complex following a hospital report which found him lacking criminal accountability and unfit to stand trial.
The four face charges of high treason and conspiracy to commit acts of terrorism.
They allegedly planned to kill top ANC leaders at the party’s Mangaung conference in December last year. They’ll be back in court on August 23.