Witness claims Prinsloo spoke about Mangaung attack

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SABRINA DEAN – The Free State High Court today heard that treason accused Johan Prinsloo spoke to a special task force member about the Mangaung attack while in Ficksburg on 12 December 2012.
The state called its fourth witness, Warant Officer Andries Botha, to deliver testimony in the treason case against Johan Prinsloo this afternoon.
Botha told the court when they arrived at the hotel in Ficksburg, Prinsloo informed them they’d driven next to the river that afternoon and the water levels were too high to bring the mortars across.
He says he and another task force member spoke to Prinsloo later and were told that Prinsloo would watch the attack on TV from his farm in Naboomsprui;t and that the attack was scheduled to take place at 12pm on 16 December.
He also claims Prinsloo said there would be people at Prieska under false pretences, who would join in the attack, and that the French and Germans were also going to join in the attack.
Earlier during cross examination of second state witness Jaco Scherman, defence advocate Johan Nell said his client denies any involvement in attempts to secure weapons for offensive purposes.
Testimony and cross examination of third State witness Johan Fryer was also concluded today.
Botha will return to the witness stand tomorrow morning.