Top lawyer to represent Terre’Blanche accused

2010-04-06 15:45

Prominent lawyer Zola Majavu will represent the 15-year-old accused

of murdering AWB leader Eugene Terre’Blanche.

Majavu, also a Premier Soccer League prosecutor, told City Press that

he was taking up the challenge fully aware that this was a sensitive case. “We

can’t have a situation where justice is derailed by outside emotion,” he

said.

It is not clear who will represent the other accused, 28-year-old

Chris Mahlangu.

Majavu was asked over the weekend to represent both accused, but

found that Mahlangu had already taken up a Legal Aid lawyer. He refused to say

who had asked him to assist the two alleged killers. “I can confirm that it is

not the ANC Youth League or the ANC.”

In bad shape

This afternoon, Majavu said his client had not eaten since 6am. “He

is exhausted. I had to give him Red Bull.” The minor had not had much sleep

either and was in bad shape, according to Majavu.

Mahlangu and the 15-year-old face charges of murder, housebreaking,

attempted robbery and crimen injuria. The crimen injuria charge

relates to allegations that the two accused pulled Terre’Blanche’s pants to his

knees during the attack, according to prosecutor George Baloyi.

But Majavu laughed off the attempted robbery charge, saying it was

flabbergasting. “Initially, the accused faced three charges. But now it’s four.

The fourth charge was added this morning,” Majavu said.

Baloyi said that the attempted robbery charge related to

Terre’Blanche’s cellphone, while Majavu claimed that the charge was related to

an attempt to steal Terre’Blanche’s car.

Majavu refused to reveal how his client would plead to the

charges.

The case has been postponed to April 14 for a bail application and

the probation officer’s report on the criminal capacity of the minor

accused.

Majavu denied that his client had confessed or had a previous

criminal conviction.

Baloyi’s boss, Menzi Simelane, said the prosecution was

verifying whether the accused had a previous conviction.

No decision has been taken on whether to refer the case to the high

court.

“The people of Ventersdorp will want to see justice done,” he

said.


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