White extremists linked to Cape Town bombings
Thursday 09 December 1999
A South African police spokeswoman, Sally de Beer, said yesterday that a Cape Town radio station had received a letter said to be from the Arnold Lees Battalion of the White Wolves claiming responsibility for attacks on the Blah Blah gay bar and St Elmo's Pizza restaurant in which 57 people were injured.
After the St Elmo's blast, on 28 November, police and government leaders at first held Muslim fundamentalists responsible for the bombings. But Ms de Beer said detectives from Cape Town's anti-terrorist unit, Operation Good Hope, were now investigating possible links between the letter, the bombings and the white extremist who had been arrested.
The suspect, Deon Mostert, 26, was stopped at a roadblock in Beaufort West, about four hours north-east of Cape Town, a day after police issued his name and description to the public. A police spokesman said Mr Mostert did not resist arrest. Former neighbours described the suspect as a right-wing extremist with a history of learning difficulties and possible links to the police.
Ms de Beer said it was "certain statements concerning pipe bombs" that put Mr Mostert under suspicion but that the case was still open.
The original White Wolves was a racial supremacist organisation linked to the terrorist Barend Strydom, who shot dead seven black people at random in central Pretoria in 1988. Security sources had long believed Strydom to be the only member.
- 1 BBC election debate: The one photo that summed up the whole 90-minute leaders debate
- 2 18th century sex toy found in 'toilet of sword fighting school' in Poland
- 3 US? China? India? The 10 biggest economies in 2030 will be...
- 4 'I wish my teacher knew...': Young students share their 'heartbreaking' worries in notes
- 5 Rebecca Francis accuses Ricky Gervais of using 'influence' to target female hunters after receiving barrage of death threats
General Election 2015: David Cameron catching up in polls – but he badly needs a clear lead
South Africa xenophobic attacks: Shops looted and violence on streets of Johannesburg as foreigners are forced to hide in police stations
18th century sex toy found in 'toilet of sword fighting school' in Poland
'I wish my teacher knew...': Young students share their 'heartbreaking' worries in notes
Rebecca Francis accuses Ricky Gervais of using 'influence' to target female hunters after receiving barrage of death threats
The only black face in the Ukip manifesto is on the page about overseas aid
If I’m being racially abused I don’t need a stranger with a saviour complex to rescue me
Ukip is the only main political party to not address LGBT rights in its manifesto
Food banks: One million Britons will soon be using them, according to Trussell Trust
BBC election debate: The one photo that summed up the whole 90-minute leaders debate
Religion isn't growing, it is becoming vigorous in its demise, says philosopher AC Grayling
£30000 - £40000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: Front-End UI Application ...
£18000 - £26000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: They work with major vehicle ma...
£27000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Domestic Service Only Engineers are requ...
£23600 - £27500 per annum: Recruitment Genius: The Employability Service withi...