Mahlangu’s affidavit ‘can be used’

2011-10-11 08:48

The bail affidavit of Chris Mahlangu will be included in his trial on charges of murdering Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging (AWB) leader Eugene Terre’Blanche, Judge John Horn ruled in the Ventersdorp Circuit High Court today.

“It is far-fetched to say that he was unaware of the implications. The accused made the affidavit knowingly and intelligently. He knew it could be used against him in trial,” he said.

“The accused admitted it as evidence with full knowledge and it cannot be grasped that he did not know the consequences. I don’t believe there will be prejudice.”

The State had applied to have the affidavit, which was submitted during Mahlangu’s bail hearing, included in his trial.

However, his lawyer Kgomotso Tlouane opposed the move, saying his client was not aware of the implications of the statement and asked that it not be used.

Prosecutor George Baloyi argued that Mahlangu (28) had been told of his rights and had consented to making the statement.

Mahlangu and a teenager are accused of hacking Terre’Blanche to death in his farmhouse in North West last year.

They have both pleaded not guilty to murder, housebreaking and attempted robbery with aggravating circumstances.

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