Tuesday was a crucial day for SA’s law enforcement officials, after they secured a conviction for two far-right terrorists. Eric and Erroll Abrahams, part of the Crusaders group, were both handed eight-year jail sentences. But a third suspect isn’t going down without a fight, and Harry Knoesen will challenge the charges filed against him.
SAPS confirmed via a statement that Harry Knoesen will be put on trial in the High Court in February 2021. He has pleaded not guilty to a raft of accusations, including domestic terror charges and violations of the Firearms Control Act. The Crusaders movement had plotted to kill black South Africans by bombing several informal settlements.
“The case against the other accused, Harry Knoesen will continue on 1 February 2021 for High Court trial date after he pleaded not guilty… Eric Donald Abrahams and Erroll Abrahams were previously arrested in Klipriver, Gauteng and remained in custody until the finalisation of the case.”
“The Court has further ordered in terms of section 103 of the Firearms Control Act, that the two men jailed today are unfit to possess firearms, ammunition, competency certificates, licences, authorisation, and permits. The National Head of the DPCI, Godfrey Lebeya commended the team of investigators and prosecutors for the work that has been done so far.”
Harry Knoesen is an ex-military man with a very colourful history. His pro-apartheid views have landed him in trouble before, but he’s believed to have taken things to an extreme level. Dubbed the ‘mastermind’ of Crusaders, Knoesen wants to clear his name in court – but that could prove to be much easier said than done…