Rival groups protest at ET trial

2012-01-30 14:19

Rival groups demonstrated in Ventersdorp at the trial of two farm workers accused of killing Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging (AWB) leader Eugene Terre’Blanche.

AWB supporters outside the building where the high court was sitting played the Afrikaans song De la Rey. About 100 metres away, a group of local residents sang President Jacob Zuma’s trademark Awulethu’ Umshini Wami (bring me my machine gun).

Police warned the two groups to quieten down.

Local resident Pule Plaatjie accused the AWB group of making the most noise. AWB member Jerry Bezuidenhout said they were there to support Terre’Blanche’s family.

“It is to show that people still care, for the white boers, our nation, and for the family.”

Chris Mahlangu and a minor are accused of beating and hacking the AWB leader to death in his farmhouse in the North West on Easter Saturday, April 2010. He was 69.

Both have pleaded not guilty to murder, housebreaking, and robbery with aggravating circumstances. Mahlangu claims he had acted in self-defence. The teenager has denied involvement in the crime.

Today, Eileen du Preez of the prosecuting team questioned Captain Albertus Joubert, who works at the criminal record centre and processed the murder scene.

He gave a step-by-step description of where evidence was found, saying there were several empty alcohol bottles outside Terre’Blanche’s house and at the workers’ quarters.

These included an empty whiskey bottle.

Earlier in the morning, prosecutor George Baloi pointed out that Terre’Blanche’s blood alcohol level was 0.09g/100 ml.

Kgomotso Tlouane, for Mahlangu, asked Joubert whether much alcohol was consumed. Joubert replied it was difficult to say, but he did not think so.
The trial continues.

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