South Africa has been rocked by the discovery of a white nationalist terrorist group operating out of Mpumalanga. Harry Johannes Knoesen, the alleged mastermind behind the National Christian Resistance Movement (Crusaders), was arrested last week – and the Hawks followed that up by swooping for Riana Heymans this weekend.
Police officials haven’t released too much information about Heymans, but they do hold her responsible for some of the diabolical schemes the group were planning to hatch. Informal settlements and huge shopping malls were on their hit-list, as they advocated for the destruction of black communities across South Africa.
She’s been dubbed as a “high-ranking member” of Crusaders. Our reporter Luke Daniel summarised the group’s activities and plots on Friday, uncovering the following details:
After Riana Heymans was nabbed by the Hawks, the crime-fighting organisation revealed that there is also a third suspect who will face trial for their alleged involvement. According to Spokesperson Hangwani Mulaudzi , all three of the accused are set for their day in court on Monday:
“Various firearms and ammunition, documents and other items were confiscated by the Criminal Record Centre (CRC) for further probing,”
“The three suspects will appear on Monday at the Middelburg Magistrate Court together with Harry Johannes Knoesen. They are all charged with contravening the Protection of Constitutional Democracy against Terrorism and Related Activities Act as well harbouring a wanted suspect in terms of the same act.”Hawks Spokesperson Hangwani Mulaudzi