I shot Black people 'to keep promise to God'
I shot black people 'to keep promise to God'
De Wet Kritzinger believed he had to shoot innocent black people to keep
a promise with God, the
Pretoria High Court heard today.
"I believed that by keeping my promise to God and obeying God I (did)
not act wrongfully," he said in a statement to court read by his
counsel, Harry Prinsloo.
But he also believed the government was planning farm attacks and that a
message had to be sent out in this regard.
Kritzinger, who carried a Bible in the dock, pleaded not guilty to the
murder of three black people on a bus in Constantia Park, Pretoria, in
January 2000, and the attempted murder of four more.
However, he admitted he had shot the seven people.
At the start of the proceedings today, Judge Dion Basson ruled that
Kritzinger was able to stand trial.
Basson accepted a report in which three psychiatrists said he had not
suffered from any mental disorder or defect at the time of the incident
and could realise the wrongful nature of the crime.
In his statement, Kritzinger said: "What I did, was not a racist act,
but because my political thought is
based on my religious conviction I believe that each nation should rule
"I do not hate other nations, but I hate the Jews; they are the physical
descendants of Satan ..."
Kritzinger said he regarded the white Western nations as the chosen
people of the God of Israel, the
Adamites, the descendants of the 12 tribes of Israel.
"All other coloured nations I regard as heathens, but I respect the
religion they practice."
In 1992, he promised he would dedicate his life to God.
The promise read: "I am only one, and yet I am one. I cannot do
everything, but I can do something, and what I can do, I should do and
what I should do through the mercy of God I shall do."
On January 12, 1996, exactly four years before the shooting, he married
"Because of the crime situation in our country, especially the murder of
farmers ... and the rape of
women I always had the fear that Marianna would be murdered or raped. I
would protect her with my life."
After his marriage, he made a second promise to God, namely that his
first promise would become
effective if anything happened to Marianna.
Kritzinger said his father-in-law brought him into contact with the
Israel Truth, an extremist organisation whose views on race he
Marianna worked for the Israeli embassy, which was totally unacceptable
to him as he regarded Jews as "the viperous brood".
When his wife told him she would leave him, he remembered his promise to
God and regarded it as a test of his obedience to God.
"According to my religious belief a divorced woman cannot remarry. If
someone married her it would be a sin ... A widow can remarry...
"Therefore I had to die so [Marianna] could be free again to marry
someone else. I waited for a sign from God."
When Marianna told him a week before the incident that she was to
remarry, he regarded that as the
During July 1999, when she initially left him, many farmers were
murdered. That, as well as the killing of white soldiers at the Tempe
base in Bloemfontein, had a major effect on him, Kritzinger said.
"I believed the farm attacks were planned in high political circles. I
also believed the government of the day was busy with political warfare.
"I believed a message should be sent out."
Kritzinger said he thought there would be a confrontation with police
during the incident and he would be shot dead.
"Then Marianna would be free to remarry.
"God instituted marriage and I believed that because my marriage failed,
I failed God and I had to keep my promise to God," he said.
The trial continues.