JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — A white African National Congress guerrilla who pleaded guilty to treason and arson charges and admitted she bombed police stations was sentenced today to 25 years in prison.
"Had lives been lost, you would almost certainly have received the death sentence," Justice P. J. Van der Walt told Marion Sparg as he passed sentence on her.
As Van der Walt pronounced sentence, some spectators in court shouted "amandla, " the Zulu word for "power."
Sparg, 28, a former reporter, pleaded guilty Monday in Rand Supreme Court.
She admitted she planted limpet mines at three police stations early this year, causing two explosions, and said she took part in gasoline-bomb attacks in 1981 on offices of the opposition Progressive Federal Party.
The prosecutor had asked for life imprisonment. Sparg's attorney, Jules Browde, asked for mercy, saying his client considered herself a soldier and patriot.