Simon Witherspoon

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Mercenary arrested in Zimbabwe on 7 March 2004 during the collapse of the Wonga Coup plot.

According to Mr Mohadi, Simon Witherspoon - referred to as a "known South African mercenary" - was the leader of the group.
He is reported to be a former member of the South African Defence Force, who joined the now defunct mercenary company Executive Outcomes (EO) in 1989.[1]
Witherspoon, yet another veteran of South African special forces (Five Reconnaissance Regiment), calls himself a professional hunter and 'security consultant' for foreign governments. He says he was invited by a 'James' (presumably Kershaw) to join the operation at the last minute.[2]




  1. The men behind the 'Guinean plot', BBC News, 12 March 2004.
  2. The Wonga Coup, by Adam Roberts, Profile Books, 2006, pp144-145.