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'Hate camp' man in the dock for kidnapping white teen

By unknown | Dec 10, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Pertunia Ratsatsi

Pertunia Ratsatsi

A 44-year-old man believed to be involved in an underground movement that kidnaps white teenagers and teaches them to hate black people appeared briefly in the Pretoria magistrate's court yesterday.

Ventzel Laubscher was remanded in custody and will appear again in the same court next Wednesday for a bail application hearing.

National police spokesman Captain Dennis Adriao said police were aware of the existence of various camps around the country.

"We are aware of the camp in Limpopo but until now, we were not aware of any criminal activities at the camp. We know that the camp teaches discipline and life skills."

The boy went missing from his Silverton home last Thursday. His mother reported him missing to the police.

"The boy has told how he was given hate lessons and shown how to use of firearms to kill black people. He needs to be debriefed properly," a source said.

Adriao said: "We are monitoring all camps and allegations made by the boy are being investigated. I do not want to elaborate much because I could jeopardise investigations."

Freedom Front Plus youth leader Cornelius Jansen van Rensburg said the party condemned the actions by members of the camp.

"Violence is not the way to voice your concerns, regardless of the political structure you represent. In October the ANC Youth League had a military camp in Ulundi but the police moved in and closed it. The same should apply to this camp.

"We would like to advise the youth, black or white, to express their anger via the ballot box, not violence. As the organised youth of South Africa we strongly condemn such activities.

"People running such camps are irresponsible and should be prosecuted," said Van Rensburg.


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