Al Jazeera is reporting that South African police have foiled a plot to bomb an ANC conference in Bloemfontein. The conference was expected to be attended by South African President Jacob Zuma and dozens of senior officials. Police arrested four members of a right-wing Afrikaner party who had planned to bomb the conference and other events throughout the country.
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The majority of South Africa’s whites accepted the ANC’s victory in the 1994 election that brought Nelson Mandela to power and ended decades of white-minority rule. However, a tiny handful continues to oppose the historic settlement.
“Their acts are widespread. We arrested them in different provinces,” said spokesman Billy Jones.
ANC spokesman Keith Khoza said preliminary information suggested the men were planning to bomb the marquee where Zuma and 4,500 delegates are holding a five-day meeting to choose the ANC’s leadership for the next five years.
“This would have been an act of terrorism that South Africa can ill afford,” Khoza said.
The Federal Freedom Party (FFP), a fringe group fighting for self-determination for the white Afrikaner minority, confirmed two of those arrested were FFP members but denied any role in the suspected plot.
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