No justification for brutal ET murder - judge

2012-05-22 17:20
Ventersdorp - Judge John Horn on Tuesday said that there was no justification for the brutal killing of Eugene Terre'Blanche as he found farmworker Chris Mahlangu guilty of the former Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging leader's murder.

Mahlangu's co-accused Patrick Ndlovu, whose name was revealed for the first time on Tuesday, as he has now turned 18, was acquitted of murder and attempted robbery, but found guilty of housebreaking.

Ndlovu was  described as a passive bystander and Horn said he was not convinced that he played an active role in the murder murder.

The pair had been on trial for hacking and beating Terre'Blanche to death on his North West farm in April 2010.

During his judgment, Judge Horn rubbished Mahlangu's claim that he acted in self-defence.

He said there was no evidence Terre'Blanche was killed due to his political views. The dispute was over wages.

"He was revered by some, but despised by others," Horn said.

While Terre'Blanche was portrayed as arrogant and violent, neither of the two accused testified about this, or any claims of abuse.

"None of these things could justify the brutal attack on the deceased."

Horn also rejected claims that Terre'Blanche sodomised Mahlangu.

"Sodomy is such a personal intrusion, I can't believe [Chris Mahlangu] would not have raised it immediately," Judge John Horn said.


He called sodomy an attack on a person's dignity and said it was demeaning.

"It is the equivalent to rape."

He asked why it was only mentioned towards the end of the trial, and also only through other witnesses.

Horn said Mahlangu saw the semen-like fluid seen on Terre'Blanche's genitals as an opportunity to use sodomy as a defence.

However, Horn said the notion that this had indeed been semen was never proven. The same applied to the origin of the fluid.

"I therefore reject any suggestion that [Mahlangu] was sodomised," Horn said.

Horn also rejected a claim by the pair's lawyers that the fluid was deliberately removed after the murder. This was a ridiculous assertion, he said, adding he doubted that any of the officers on scene would have done so.

"There was no earthly reason for them to lay their careers on the line to act in such manner; they had nothing to gain. It simply does not make sense."

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Rugby World Cup 2015

All the action from the 2015 RWC, including live coverage of all 48 matches, breaking news, fixtures, results, logs - and much more!


Rugby World Cup 2015

Barnes to ref Boks, Wales clash
Wallabies 'defend like dogs'
Loubscher expecting 'direct' Wales
Carter desperate to reach RWC final
Traffic Alerts

You may find it hard to focus on the mundane routines as the greener pastures seem so tempting. It is a good time to expand more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.