Mahlangu 'asked for help before murder'

2011-10-19 11:11

Ventersdorp - The man accused of killing rightwing leader Eugene Terre'Blanche approached the police for help before the murder, the High Court sitting in Ventersdorp heard on Wednesday.

Farmworker Chris Mahlangu, 28, was turned away as none of the police officers wanted to confront Terre'Blanche.

"He [Mahlangu] said he had a problem with the deceased before the incident. That he was already beaten by the deceased, including that he [Terre'Blanche] choked him and slightly lifted him," Mahlangu’s attorney Kgomotso Tlouane said.

"He [Mahlangu] will further testify that he tried to report it to the Ventersdorp police station and they never listened."

Mahlangu overheard police officers asking each other who would go and speak to Terre'Blanche. He got the impression they were scared, as nobody wanted to confront the Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging leader.

Tlouane said Mahlangu would testify he was beaten once. The 28-year-old was in "need, without money and food, and he was not a learned man".

Police officers never told him what his options were. Mahlangu had no choice but to return to the farm and be beaten, the court heard.

He, however, had had no visible marks on him to show the police.

Mahlangu and a minor are accused of beating and hacking Terre’Blanche to death at his farmhouse in North West on April 03 last year. Both have pleaded not guilty to murder, housebreaking, and robbery with aggravating circumstances.

Mahlangu claims he acted in self defence. The 16-year-old has denied involvement in the crime.

  • Servaas - 2011-10-19 11:20

    Still does not give you the right to just kill someone you stupid clown.

      nkosi.dlamini2 - 2011-10-19 11:32

      Yes... Mahlangu acted in self defence just like Bees Roux...Let's just give Terreblanche family R750K and close the case...

      Johan - 2011-10-19 11:46

      ...another day, ...another story... ...lots of fairy tales...??? .......hang them high..!!!

      Thelma - 2011-10-19 11:55

      @ ntsiki & nkosi - Why do you people even bother to comment on these stories if you don't take the time to actually read the story or comments?

      Servaas - 2011-10-19 12:09

      @Mandy: Is that so? And what does Bees Roux have to do with the article at hand? At least he did not wait for the corrupt cop to go to sleep, hack him to death with a panga and then pull down his pants.(Very civilized btw). And if you actually read my 1st comment and then their replies you will understand my reply. Oh and Mandy, why comment if you can't comment on the topic at hand, then you are just the same jumping in half way, adding your 2c worth and it's not even about the topic.. "Kind of brings to question your IQ... " @Ntsiki: My friend, regardless of Bees and these 2 idiots they both are murderers, the point I tried to make even thought the police failed to assist him (Not surprised if they follow CELE and entire ANC vision btw), still does not give you the right to murder someone. The way they did it still raises questions if it was a salary dispute, seeing that ET is dead and cannot tell his side of the story.

      ntsiki.mdeni - 2011-10-19 12:23

      @Servaas, if you assume I vote ANC. Call me a clown. Accuse me of being racist by saying you know for sure that I will pull the race card. And splash Malema's name all over this, you are no different from me bringing the Bees Roux incident in this. My excuse for doing that is because the similarity in the cases is "murder in self defence". Whats your's for labelling me all those?? Let me guess, and give you your satisfaction, its because my name is African. I must be Black. I must be voting ANC. I must be a Malema clown. I must be a stupid piece of crap like NeoAcheron says!

      mastersvoice - 2011-10-19 12:24

      My post disappeared - must be this Facebook thing. I cannot see how the Bees Roux case can be linked to the Terre'Blanche case. Bees killed a corrupt cop with his bare hands after the cop tried to bribe / blackmail him. Terre'Blanche was killed by an employee who has changed his story a few times already. Question is - what is worse? An actively corrupt cop, or a benign white supremist? Answers on a postcard please...

      Deon - 2011-10-19 12:26

      I have heard of fighting demons in your sleep, but this defence takes the cake.

      Merven - 2011-10-19 12:27

      Ntisiki and Nkosi, the corrupt police officer was driving AWAY from the police station, so the chances were very good that Bees would've been found murdered (especially bearing in mind that the police was using his credit card). How does that compare to beating somebody to death while asleep?

      Servaas - 2011-10-19 12:31

      @Ntsiki: Murder is murder. Explain to me how he can call it self defense when he attacks ET with a a panga while he was laying down?? Him taking the panga to ET house is premeditated my friend. BIG difference between Bees self defense claim and these 2 murderers.

      Gary - 2011-10-19 12:50

      What I am trying to say is that the police are to blame for this brutal murder, because they did not open an assault docket when I reported it to them. What I am trying to say is that the ANC is to blame because I did not know that I have the legal right to leave my employer or resign if my employer ill-treated me. They did not tell me this. What I am trying to say is that I did not know that the ANC fought for our freedom and have changed the Labour Law 20 years ago, and are actually the leaders of my beloved country. They did not tell me this, so they are to blame for this murder. What I am trying to say is that it’s my parents and school teachers fault, they are to blame for this murder. I am this poor uneducated individual that does not know that brutal murder is wrong. It was not me? Do you hear what I said it was not me? I defended myself. Oh yes I remember this “I have the right to defend myself and to brutally murder a sleeping man who oppresses me” The sad story of I coward who takes the law into his own hands, and then blames everyone else, even in the way the brutal murder took place “whilst the man was sleeping” A typical syndrome of spineless, lawless cowards, they attack at night, from behind, with a weapon when you are defenceless. They are all the same, and then plead “not guilty”

      Dank - 2011-10-19 13:20

      @ntsiki.mdeni: "I must be voting ANC. I must be a Malema clown. I must be a stupid piece of crap" - yea you must be. How can this be self defence when the evidence points to the exact opposite? These idiots don't understand what they got themselves into and the fact that you support them is very worrying.

      Hugh - 2011-10-19 18:32

      Great idea kosi and while you are about can i have another million for the loss of my lung function due to a vicious mugging

  • Shellerjc - 2011-10-19 11:22

    LOl wait pull the other leg - what a load of BS. First he sd it was self defence, but as there were no defensive wounds on ET or them being asslated, now he sais oh no it was done some other time. This was a revenge killing - and revenge or not - Its not right

      Johan - 2011-10-19 11:50

      ...and they attacked a sleeping man... ......cowards...!!!

      Grant - 2011-10-19 13:58

      Can you believe these guys are South African

  • Servaas - 2011-10-19 11:22

    BTW, why was his pants down? You looking for your pay in his underwear? Wow...

      Victor - 2011-10-19 11:38


  • Da.Liva.Delvira - 2011-10-19 11:23

    I wonder if they ganna even bring up that the accused used excessive force??? Self defense means defending one's self with the least force possible... Hmph...

      Servaas - 2011-10-19 11:25

      Wow, killing ET with a panga and then pulling his pants down? Self defense?? LOL.. Just plain old African reasoning, that's all.

      Theresa - 2011-10-19 11:26

      It was brought up yesterday.Captain Rautenbach said that excessive forced was used.

      Dank - 2011-10-19 12:02

      @mandy, yea and clouds are made of candy

      Servaas - 2011-10-19 12:12

      @Mandy: Exactly.. You READ.. DUH

      Dave - 2011-10-22 12:35

      Defending while asleep, I can walk in my sleep but not much else,are we to beleive the ET attacked them whilst laying on his bed asleep, where does the mentality come from to even try a story like that ?.

  • Theresa - 2011-10-19 11:23

    Why are these allegations only being brought forward now?Mahlangu and his sidekick know they're as guilty as sin and are grasping at straws.Hope they rot in jail!!!

  • Shellerjc - 2011-10-19 11:28

    sorry my spelling was a bit bad - :-( meant to say assualted

      Michael - 2011-10-19 11:44

      still got "assaulted" wrong...

      mastersvoice - 2011-10-19 11:47

      I kinda like "asslated"! With your permission, I'll start using it myself.

  • janine.ferreira - 2011-10-19 11:28

    It will never stop, there will always be something else

  • Marion - 2011-10-19 11:39

    "Tlouane said Mahlangu would testify he was beaten once. The 28-year-old was in "need, without money and food, and he was not a learned man". Police officers never told him what his options were. Mahlangu had no choice but to return to the farm and be beaten, the court heard. He, however, had had no visible marks on him to show the police." Since when do you have to be a 'learned man' to know the difference between right and wrong. Of course he had a choice not to return to the farm for a beating. Criminal lawyers !! :-(((

  • Leon - 2011-10-19 11:49

    Nkosi if we have to give all the whites, murdered by blacks R750K South Africa will be bankrupt' Let these guys rot in jail

      Dank - 2011-10-19 12:10

      @mandy, South Africa had 4,8 million whites and 18,2 million blacks in 1987. The whites paid 77% of the taxes and the blacks only 15%...despite this...56% of the government budget was spent on blacks.

  • Theprodigy - 2011-10-19 11:53

    oh so when someone chokes you or lifts you slightly you can hack them into little pieces, hang him!!!!

  • neil.hamman - 2011-10-19 11:54

    Really? The police turned him away? I doubt that... they would of jumped at the opportunity to confront him. Its not a police force... its a "political force" Nice try but no cigar dude...

  • Santapola - 2011-10-19 11:58

    This guys must be free..i mean they did us a favour and please give them a round of bells

      Adino - 2011-10-19 12:14

      If your argument holds true then someone should go round to Mandela's house & Tutu's house & take them out as well... Part of society moving forward is leaving the hurt behind...revenge doesn't fix anything. Under a lawful government - murder is still classified as murder & the punishment should be the same for every murderer out there.

      Neil - 2011-10-19 12:14

      Why? Were you a "victim"? The world owes you nothing and neither did this man.

      Dank - 2011-10-19 13:00

      @Santapola, I pity the fool whom walks in your shoes. You will get a taste of your own medicine soon enough. You make me sick, atleast we got AIDS on our side - don't expect a cure anytime soon, you can't even enclose your own toilets, nevermind cure AIDS. IDIOT

      nadine.oosthuizen - 2011-10-19 15:59

      Obvious troll, looking for a reply...

      Mbulelo - 2012-01-31 10:28

      I agree

  • Andre - 2011-10-19 12:10

    ...sorry Mahlhangu... but you have been nicely coached!..your attorney has placed words in your mouth... no one with your level (non) of education could or would use the words that have spewed from the lips of your counsel... it amazes me how lawyers dig and eventually scrape the barrel finding 'comfort' for MURDERER!!... Irrespective of skin colour you chose to carry out this deed and were coerced and possibly offered some means of 'payment' when the job was done.... you are not the first and will not be the last to accept this kind of offer!

  • Francois - 2011-10-19 12:26

    Neither Bees Roux or Chris Mahlangu had the right to kill. Which is why Bees Roux was arrested, tried and sentenced. He reacted to being mugged by an officer of the law. Over reacted. Went too far. He realised and admitted this. Which is why he pleaded guilty to manslaughter and begged the family's forgiveness. Fact is if that cop wasn't corrupt he would still be alive. Mahlangu's guilt has not been proven yet. But let's assume everything we've heard is true. Going to a man's house armed with a panga and hacking him to death is murder with intent. Denying you did it when confronted shows you have no remorse. If ET wasn't the hardened biggot he was, he probably would still be alive today. The cases cannot be compared. But both cases could've been prevented if the deceased behaved differently when they still had the chance.

  • Zion - 2011-10-19 12:28

    Something is just not right with this story and if the cops do not reply in their own defence then it is easier to assume, no not assume, but to accept the man is lying.

  • Mthuthuzeli - 2011-10-19 12:34

    All you newly-found humanists, do you descend into similar apoplexy when- how should I put this - less politically opportune individuals have ended up being killed? I doubt it. If you piss paraffin on someone for long enough somebody will light a match on your d!ck eventually. It's a law of the universe.

      mastersvoice - 2011-10-19 12:46

      Strange comment Mthuthuzeli. What is a "newly-found humanist"? Do you not see that South Africa is being divided along racial lines, and that racial intolerance is alive and well again? Murdering Terre'Blanche has just put the spotlight on this fact. As for your paraffin analogy - our so-called leaders have been using this tactic for a while now. By appointing the white South African as the official cause of all the problems, the government can and is getting away with large-scale abuse of power, corruption and maladministration. Here is the new "Law of South Africa": "Kill the farmer, kill the boer"

      Gary - 2011-10-19 13:59

      Please don’t act intelligent with you demonic Philosophy. You make up your own Laws of the universe. Here is one of the real laws of the universe. “You will not kill" from the bible. Learn them you might become civilised.

      Mthuthuzeli - 2011-10-19 15:16

      @Gary The bible is a lie....a very big one. No God will ever say the things that exist in the bible...only a maniac Jew would write this kind of thing. @Mastervoice The man was a card-carrying Nazi with a modified Swastika for a flag. Mussolini got worse. The responses do reflect the usual politicized nature of many reactions to the murder of whites in this country. Class is often a neglected factor when issues of sectarian and racial hatred are discussed. It doesn't surprise me that wealthy (and sometimes less wealthy) white farmers are proportionately a more significant target for economic violence filtered through race and memory. After all when you have a disillusioned and disenfranchised (not electorally but in the wider sense of control over one's destiny) majority they are liable to engage in acts of economic violence, especially when mixed with the other two major factors; race (which we have heard a lot about ) and my second pet factor memory. Given the horrors of SA's history, if people like you actually believed that a rugby match and a few hymns were going to make everything alright in under 50 years, you were sadly deluded. South Africa will never move forward as long as the economic disparity continues, especially in its dangerously obvious racial form.

      Dank - 2011-10-19 16:55

      @Mthuthuzeli, "South Africa will never move forward as long as the economic disparity continues, especially in its dangerously obvious racial form." - and who's fault is that? Let me guess, you blame the 'racist' white man? What about looking at our government and all the people that support them instead? If they really wanted to uplift the poor they would create industries instead of destroying the functional ones. You don't create wealth by taking someone else's stuff and being attracted to the idea of theft means that there's something fundamentally wrong with your culture. Furthermore, you said: "The bible is a lie" - so by YOUR standards "only a maniac Jew" would say "You will not kill". I'd love to see the look on your face when the sky explodes, the smell of excrement would be stronger though. You act 'intelligent' but your facade has crumbled, your words carry no weight, only an imbecile would be attracted to what you are saying. And that's exactly what your type does, throw in a few fancy words attach a Che pic and fools think you are educated, grow up. If all blacks were like you I would vote for apartheid to come back in an instant, any sane person would - whom would want their children to grow up alongside one of your offspring?

      richard.hipkin - 2011-10-19 16:59

      @Mthuthuzeli, that is an excuse carried by political leaders. Thre are only 4 millions whites in SA of which about 2 million are actually working. If you "take away" from the white man you only uplift 2 million black people, what happens with the other 20 million? By your flawed logic we should then move from race based violence to class based violence. Using your excuse for the current violence on white farmers stinks of a political agenda...

      Mthuthuzeli - 2011-10-19 17:57

      @Dank Economic disparity, WAS caused by your grandfathers by stealing African labour and exploiting it, fact. Theft is a culture that transcends races and was institutionalised by your grandfathers,fact. As for the falling sky, stash the bottle, and ask your GP tommorow to make an appointment with a psychiatrist. @Richard All am saying is that race based economic disparity promotes inequality between citizens by creating a large, marginalised black underclass, which creates resentment. I never professed to have an answer how this disparity be solved. If you want to debate me, have the courtesy to debate what I actually say, not what you want to refute.

      Mthuthuzeli - 2011-10-19 18:09

      "If all blacks were like you I would vote for apartheid to come back in an instant, any sane person would - whom would want their children to grow up alongside one of your offspring?" By the way people who follow the dead jesus and words he may have not ever uttered, always vote for supremacists [facsists, plutocrats, liars, deceivers] tnx.

      Dank - 2011-10-20 14:01

      @Mthuthuzeli, "stealing African labour" what does that mean? Slavery? Or do you mean we took your jobs? Slavery happened all over the world, to blame the SA white is ludicrous and short-sighted. Taking your jobs is just as ridiculous as there were no jobs to take. "Theft ... institutionalised by your grandfathers" You think we stole everything? Where did we steal the wheel from? Why did we have visionaries while you had heaps of dung? Rome was literally more advanced 2000 years ago than Africa would be today if we did not land. Nobody has a spotless history and no single person can honestly say that he hasn't made mistakes, the thing that matters is how you deal with it. If you keep on saying struggle, struggle, struggle, you will create just that - which is the opposite of what you need when you are trying to improve yourself. So, what solution do you propose? The most obvious solution would be to create industries to support the economically depraved, the fact that this is not happening shows that our current 'leaders' aren't interested. Your solution however seems aimed at killing the white man ("maniac Jew would write this" etc). How does destroying the white man correlate with removing economic disparity? If anything you should ask us for help. Which do you think would create a more civilised society than the other? The Bible or witchcraft? "always vote for supremacists" - and how could you possibly know this? I suggest you offer real facts instead.

  • Zena - 2011-10-19 13:06

    They both guilty....

  • Rose - 2011-10-19 13:12'Blanche sibusiso you flat head - tell me how many blacks did Oom Eugene killed? He wanted a seperated homeland for whites and nothing more!! RACIST = Proud of your RACE

      Zena - 2011-10-19 13:48

      Well said Rose..... Still maintain they are both guilty of murder.

  • Shaun - 2011-10-19 13:26

    The comments on the article are more interesting than the actual article. South Africans..we gotta love ourselves!!

  • Hilette Hyland - 2011-10-19 13:37

    BULL!!! They should both be taken out the same way they did to Eugene!

  • VaalDonkie - 2011-10-19 14:00

    The first rule of telling a lie is to be consistent. You can't change your story every couple of days.

  • Darryl - 2011-10-19 14:00

    Breaking and entering with the intention to rob and murder is in no way self defense... despite what UT did to him, self defense just isn't the term for it.

  • Wit - 2011-10-19 14:07

    Story book stories. And at the end of the day he will be the hero this whole thing is n jock to the basters

  • AmuseMePLs - 2011-10-19 14:40

    the lot of u r pathetic. for once look at facts n forget about race. i bet most of u here call urselves christians yet ur comments are shameful.

      Mthuthuzeli - 2011-10-19 15:21

      The comments posted so far I would grade: anti them, anti us, anti us and anti them, and anti us. The "anti them" says ditto. The "anti us" says its the pot calling the kettle black. Little cool analysis, big hot conclusions. Too often.

  • Paul - 2011-10-19 15:41

    Only in South Africa

  • Vuyolwethu - 2011-10-19 16:07

    They did the nation a favour

  • Tokkie - 2011-10-19 16:21

    ???He pleads NOT GUILTY yet makes an apology to the Terreblanche family for the murder, why must this case be drawn out and who pays the bills

  • Gail - 2011-10-19 17:14

    I am white and I am unashamed to say that I support Nkosi.dlamini. ETB brought this on himself because he was a lowlife white ex con supremacist who was quite capable of doing what Mahlangu has said. The suggestion that ETB's family be given R750K would be cheaper than trying to go through all the witnesses (lawyers will earn that). Question is where Mahlangu and minor would come up with that kind of money. Just sentence them to 15 years for murder and be done with it. ETB asked for it just like JM is going to come short one of these days - big mouth spewing division and hatred attracts same in return. What goes around comes around. Bees Roux used alcohol as his defense and instead of doing time he paid the policemans family damages which makes more sense, murder is unacceptable whoever perpetrates it but R750,000 will help Bees remember next time not to get violent and drive while drink and the cops family are happy to have the money because their provider was on the take to make ends meet. Let's get real here and not clog the courts with these kind of cases.

      David - 2011-10-20 09:38

      gail i don't understand how you can say bees roux paying damages makes sense. does it mean that we can now assume that there is a price on human life? drunk or not that doesn't justify his action. funny enough that same week a man was sentenced to 5yrs for drunk driving, no one died he just crash his car. bees roux gets pulled over by police while driving drunk and kills the police with his hands and he gets a fine. hows that for justice?

      Mbulelo - 2012-01-31 10:35

      Welcome to Africa ma white brother

  • jerry.kb - 2011-10-19 17:39

    What a twist. He may be right. Who knows ? Let's see3 the events unfold

  • Buhlebuyeza - 2011-10-19 17:45

    Unless we all change and look at what is happening around us in a manner that is free of racism, free infiripority on suporiority complex and start debating what needs to be done in order to take this country forward forums like this one will always be nothing but a platform where the best insulters (if such term exist) are found In this case the pro black insulters believe Mahlangu acted in self deffence whilst the pro white insulters believe Et was asleep, where is this taking us? I believe the best destination is NOhwere, My fellow South Africans if we do not find a common ground this country will never move forward.

  • MikeBrassellSA - 2011-10-19 19:13

    @NeoAcheron. Would you fell better if we made it R800k?

  • henkad - 2011-10-22 12:11

    A laughable story - ET served a sentence for assault - most police stations are manned by black staff and they will not bypass the chance to arrest him again. If he did complain to SAPS they would not have hesitated to charge him (ET).

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