Emotional family members leave the courthouse after members of the right-wing "Boeremag" were sentenced at Pretoria High Court October 29, 2013. The mastermind of a "Boer Army" white supremacist plot ... more 
Emotional family members leave the courthouse after members of the right-wing "Boeremag" were sentenced at Pretoria High Court October 29, 2013. The mastermind of a "Boer Army" white supremacist plot to assassinate Nelson Mandela and drive blacks out of South Africa was sentenced to 35 years in prison on Tuesday after a trial lasting more than 10 years, state media said. Former university lecturer Mike du Toit was convicted of high treason for his leadership role in the "Boeremag", a rag-tag militia of apartheid loyalists accused of a botched 2002 coup attempt in Africa's biggest economy that aimed to overthrow the ruling African National Congress. At least one other leader of the group also received a 35-year sentence at the Pretoria High Court, while others among the 20 defendants were handed lesser sentences, state broadcaster SABC reported. REUTERS/Stringer (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: POLITICS CRIME LAW) NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. SOUTH AFRICA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN SOUTH AFRICA less 
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