ET often took off undies: court told

2010-06-10 13:33

Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging leader Eugene Terre’Blanche frequently

took off his underpants because of the heat, the Ventersdorp Magistrate’s Court

has heard.

“Terre’Blanche, most of the time after drinking, would take off his

pants and pull out his briefs and put his pants back on because of the heat,”

Puna Moroko, lawyer for Chris Mahlangu, told the court.

Mahlangu and a 15-year-old youth are accused of murdering

Terre’Blanche in his bedroom on his farm outside Ventersdorp, in the North West,

on Easter Sunday.

Shortly after the murder there had been speculation, fuelled by

reports of Terre’Blanche being found dead with his pants down, that he had

attempted to sexually assault his killers.

In Mahlangu’s bail application, Moroko told the court that when the

three started arguing, Terre’Blanche’s underpants were hanging from the

headboard of his bed, but that his trousers were still on.

During cross-examination Moroko asked investigating officer Captain

Tsietsi Mano why Terre’Blanche was found dead with his trousers pulled halfway

down. Mano had yet to reply.

Earlier today the court heard that Terre’Blanche had driven

Mahlangu and the youth to a liquor store where they bought a bottle of vodka and

about 30 bottles of cider.

The person who conducted the transaction was studying and had not

yet given a statement to the police.

Moroko said after the three consumed the alcohol, they were in a

jovial mood and there was no problem between them.

“After a quantity of Savannas (cider) don’t you think the accused’s

and the minor’s mental capacities might have been impaired?” he asked.

Mano said he could not comment on that because he did not know how

much liquor they had. Mahlangu and the youth went to neighbouring farms and told

people they had killed their boss. He said if Mahlangu was released on bail

there was a possibility he might interfere with State witnesses.

However, Moroko said this would not happen if he stayed in Pretoria

and did not go near Ventersdorp.

The court heard briefly that President Jacob Zuma had to restore

calm in the country following the incident, amid allegations that it was linked

to ANCYL leader Julius Malema’s Kill the Boer song.

Mano told the court the reason for the disruption of public order

was not because of the song, but the escalation of farm murders.

Injuries

Initially, the court was told, Terre’Blanche sustained 28 injuries,

but according to a medical summary disclosed today, he had only seven.

Mano said he did not believe this, because he attended the

post-mortem and there were many wounds on the body. Moroko said medical

information would be left to the pathologist to explain at the trial, because he

did not understand it. In the post-mortem report there was no mention of a panga

being used to chop up Terre’Blanche, he said.

Mano said a panga found lying across Terre’Blanche’s chest had not

been used.

Moroko told the court he had received information Terre’Blanche

carried the panga with him wherever he went.

“When the deceased was confronted about wages, he used it to attack

the accused. The accused acted in self-defence and they left the panga on him

without using it,” Moroko told the court.

Mano disputed this, saying Terre’Blanche was asleep when the attack

started. He told the court that, according to a pathologist, Terre’Blanche died

immediately after blows to the head and chest. The pathologist had described the

blows as very hard.

Mano said Terre’Blanche’s liver was ruptured and his tongue

lacerated. He said Terre’Blanche was struck with such force with an iron bar his

jaw broke and the bone pierced his tongue.

Mano told the court he saw Mahlangu and the youth later that

evening and they had seemed normal, even though they had been drinking.

Moroko’s claim that they were attacked by Terre’Blanche was never

mentioned to him or any other witness.

Mano testified that whatever the reason for the killing, the plan

had been to kill Terre’Blanche. He believed the motive was a wage dispute.

“The plan was to kill him. There was a problem every time the

accused expected remuneration and the opportunity presented itself when he was

asleep.”

The court heard that Mahlangu and the youth entered the house

though a window, killed Terre’Blanche and left through the kitchen door.

 

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