May 7, 2010 4:51 PM | By AFP
Investigators said white extremists had been charged with terrorism in connection with a plot to blow up black townships ahead of the World Cup in June.
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"They were conspiring to engage in terrorist activities, which includes the fact that they wanted to blow up areas in which black people live," said Musa Zondi, spokesman of the special investigations unit.
Zondi said a total of seven men were arrested at the end of April in the northern town of Phalaborwa.
"The seven were charged with terrorism. Charges against two were withdrawn today," said Zondi.
Charges were withdrawn against two of the men while the other four will appear in court again next Friday, he said.
"One of them got bail of R1000," Zondi said.
The men last appeared in court for allegedly violating the grave of former diplomat Norman Mashabane.
Upon further investigations, police found that the violation of Mashabane's grave was "part of a plot they had against black people... in particular the African National Congress", Zondi said.
"We discovered they had quite a number of arms and ammunition and had capacity to manufacture explosives. They were found in possession of a large number of explosives," he said.