ET murder trial hears new evidence

2010-05-10 14:18

The murder trial of AWB leader Eugene Terre’Blanche continued in

the Ventersdorp Magistrate’ court today. The court heard testiminony from

investigating officer Tietsi Mano during the bail hearing of farmworker Chris

Mahlangu, 28.

“They planned to kill Mr Terre’Blanche... They planned: ’this man

is giving us trouble, we are going to kill him’,” said Ttietsi Mano.

Mahlangu and a 15-year-old youth have been charged with killing the

rightwing leader on Easter Saturday this year.

The court heard today that the two went to the stores for an

iron rod, and broke into the farm house.

They attacked Terre’Blanche while he was sleeping, using the rod

and a panga.

Mano said Mahlangu pointed out the murder scene to police, and this

was regarded as a confession.

Mano testified after doubts at the weekend over whether he would

stay on the case following his arrest for allegedly assaulting witnesses in

other investigations. He is out on bail.

Prosecutor George Baloyi said Terre’Blanche was struck several

times in his face, head and body, with the weapons, according to a provisional

summary of facts.

He suffered 28 injuries to his face, brain, tongue, skull, ribs and

liver during the attack on his farm.

After the murder, the court heard, the two took Terre’Blanche’s

cellphone then went to “brag” about killing him.

“They met three people and accused number one told them that he is

now their boss because they have killed Mr Terre’Blanche,” Baloyi read from a

summary of facts, which Mano confirmed.

But, the other farm workers did not believe them.

Crimen injuria, initially explained as being included because he

was found dead with his trousers down, was not on today’s list of

charges.

The 15-year-old made a brief appearance earlier and his lawyer said

outside court that he had left school in grade seven to work for Terre’Blanche

at a salary of R500 and a bed in the stables.

Terre’Blanche, a keen horseman who made appearances at shows around

the country, had hired the boy to look after his herd of 97 cattle and also gave

him a meal of pap and milk, and occasionally meat, said his lawyer Zola

Majavu.

The boy would plead not guilty when he returns for his own bail

application on June 10 and then go on trial in a high court in September.

Terre’Blanche’s brother Andries, as well as Afrikaner

Weerstandsbeweging (AWB) secretary-general Andre Visagie, were among those

present at the long-awaited bail hearing.

The AWB saw the murder as proof of the dangers of ANC youth league

leader Julius Malema’s singing the lyrics “shoot the boer“, and farmers say the

murder proves that they are being targeted.


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