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State challenges Terre'Blanche abuse claims

2012-04-18 16:19

Ventersdorp - Prosecutors on Wednesday challenged claims that slain AWB leader Eugene Terre'Blanche had physically or sexually abused the two farmworkers charged with his murder.

The two workers - Chris Mahlangu and a teenager, then aged 28 and 15 - are accused of beating to death the co-founder of the Afrikaner Resistance Movement (AWB) on April 3 2010.

Mahlangu has claimed Terre'Blanche had raped him, while the teenager said police had failed to act on a case of physical abuse filed against the founder of the once-notorious separatist group.

But prosecutor George Baloyi said in his closing argument that claims of sexual abuse were a "made-up story", and denied police had ignored the abuse case.

"The reason that the accused acted in self-defence won't stand," Baloyi said, noting that expert evidence showed Terre'Blanche was beaten on the head while lying down.

The teenager has denied involvement in the killing, while Mahlangu claims he acted in self-defence when the 69-year-old attacked him with a machete.

Judge John Horn has ruled most evidence against the teenager inadmissible because police failed to follow South Africa's child protection law in handling the case.

But Baloyi argued the Child Justice Act only came into force three days before the murder.

"The police were well within their rights to detain (the teenager) in a police cell until he appeared in court," Baloyi said.

The trial has run for more than two years in the small North West town of Ventersdorp, where Terre'Blanche was killed in a bed at his farmhouse.

Comments
  • Marion - 2012-04-18 16:23

    Sorry mate, those three days mean a lot.

      George - 2012-04-18 16:34

      Stop making excuses Marion, our police are incompetent period. We use a lot of excuses everyday to cover up for them. Three day, cars are old etc. Until we address the main issue we will never achieve anything. I saw a lot of rape cases being dismissed because of incompetency

      Marion - 2012-04-18 16:40

      @George - I'm not making excuses. When a law is in force it is in force and one cannot say 'the Child Justice Act only came into force three days before the murder'.

      George - 2012-04-18 16:44

      Exactly....

  • Andrew - 2012-04-18 16:29

    While I was never a supporter of the AWB and the Late Mr ET, believe the latter evidence of rape etc was a good coaching job by the defence, as it was never raised previously. Now two years later and case still not finalized and reflects poorly on our police and judiciary.

      Hester - 2012-04-18 16:38

      I agree with you 100% Andrew. Poor performance by all involved.

  • Sanele Kratos Fulele - 2012-04-18 16:32

    leave these poor boys alone maaan!!

      Bless Boswell - 2012-04-18 17:15

      Leave them alone? They murdered a man! Would you feel differently if he had been a black man? Murder is murder. They were in the murdered man's home - where he should have been safe - ask mr Zuma how safe we are in our homes. Please maan ...

      George - 2012-04-18 17:20

      I Agree. Leave them alone to swing on the e-Toll gantries.

      Nombuso Sangqu - 2012-04-18 17:58

      I agree wth u dey mst leav dem alon bcz if dis wz Malema 98% of dis country wud say dat bcz dey dnt differ 2 me.

      Neels - 2012-04-18 18:12

      NO WE CAN'T THEY MURDERED A MAN MAAAN!!!

  • DieHoekseun - 2012-04-18 16:43

    Where did santorum come from, and where did it go.

  • JeanneB - 2012-04-18 16:51

    Oh sure, you just happened to have a machete at hand???

      Marion - 2012-04-18 16:56

      JeanneB - the guy says that ET tried to attack him with a machete according to this. I've actually given up trying to keep track of who is supposed to have had/said what because every news report gives a totally different account of events. In one account Mahlangu hit ET with an iron pole that just 'happened' to be lying in the room.

  • Ted - 2012-04-18 16:55

    It is sad the chap was killed so callously. It is however a debatable outcome just as many people would agree. Mugabe's death rumors went viral. Shadenfraude I think. But the crux of the matter remains unchanged. Are Zimbabweans better with Mugabe alive or are Afrikanners better with ETB alive? Sometimes we may not celebrate the demise,but we may secretly celebrate the end of an era where every person of Afrikaner heritage was demonised as intolerant and mechanistic. It paves a way for new dialogue without these extreme members of society. Islam is now being labeled badly coz of a fringe sector of lunatics. Some even comment here. But my travels have gotten me in touch with good Moslems who wouldn't wish my finger to go. Its sad belief pushes people to believe in the stupid things that all of us believe are trivial. RIP ETB but I never and will never like your ideas or the people who believe in them. God help me now now!

      Bless Boswell - 2012-04-18 17:28

      Agree with you Ted. The lunacy rises and falls like a tide. Unfortunately now the blacks think all Afrikaners are like ET - very few are. Also many blacks cannot tell the difference between the whites - afrikaners, Anglos, Europeans, Nordics, Baltics etc - we are all so different in our beliefs and the majority know little about apartheid - yet are judged and hated just because they are white. Our new "civilization" here in SA has such a long way to go ...

  • Robert.Mjono - 2012-04-18 16:56

    I don't call murder 4 the old man was already going to die soon

      Bless Boswell - 2012-04-18 17:21

      That's a pile of poo and you know it! Just because someone is old is not an excuse to murder them. Thank God you are not a judge in our courts ... Or are you ? :p

      Prudence Pelembe - 2012-04-18 17:30

      I think its the way he was murdered. No child wants a father to die like that

      Nombuso Sangqu - 2012-04-18 17:48

      lol.................

  • sandy.langenstrass - 2012-04-18 17:07

    MURDER..REMAINS MURDER..I to was not a fan of E.T.....but OMG..how does anyone condone murdering someone.There are people on this post that say these men should be let free, we know you guy's didn't like the man...but surely you know murder is wrong...or do you?

      George - 2012-04-18 17:37

      Easily when they come from a non-Christian, pagan culture. Remember, Shaka used to surround his kraal (so history has it) with impaled victims, to keep the in line. 2012 yrs ago Chris was crucified by pagan Romans.

      Ganiyu - 2012-04-20 15:51

      Murder is indeed wrong; moreso, two wrongs do not make a right. People should always avoid taking the law into their hands. The kind of life Terre'B lived notwithstanding, that he was unlawfully killed is an undeniable fact which should be investigated through the instrumentality of legal proceedings.

  • Malizba Liz Mhlanga - 2012-04-18 19:04

    did i hear you say he did not kill anyone?

  • Cronje - 2012-04-18 20:26

    i go with u Marion. Live by the sword. Die by it too.

  • Cronje - 2012-04-18 20:28

    Terreblance was what he was and he got what coming to him.

      sandy.langenstrass - 2012-04-18 21:44

      What ever he was...NO ONE HAS THE RIGHT TO MURDER ANYONE!!!!!!******

  • Gieljam - 2012-04-19 17:16

    avatar Gieljam - Just posted Report comment To reason that if a man dislikes or doesn't agree with you you can take him "out" is dark ages bush mentality.If one that walks and talks like a human does clobber you that you are mutilated so severely that you look like pulp , it is plain demonic , barbaric paganism and unfortunately still exists in a lot of people .

  • daniel.genseric - 2012-04-19 18:20

    Everybody says there is this RACE problem. Everybody says this RACE problem will be solved when the third world pours into EVERY white country and ONLY into white countries. The Netherlands and Belgium are just as crowded as Japan or Taiwan, but nobody says Japan or Taiwan will solve this RACE problem by bringing in millions of third worlders and quote assimilating unquote with them. Everybody says the final solution to this RACE problem is for EVERY white country and ONLY white countries to “assimilate,” i.e., intermarry, with all those non-whites. What if I said there was this RACE problem and this RACE problem would be solved only if hundreds of millions of non-blacks were brought into EVERY black country and ONLY into black countries? How long would it take anyone to realize I’m not talking about a RACE problem. I am talking about the final solution to the BLACK problem? And how long would it take any sane black man to notice this and what kind of psycho black man wouldn’t object to this? But if I tell that obvious truth about the ongoing program of genocide against my race, the white race, Liberals and respectable conservatives agree that I am a naziwhowantstokillsixmillionjews. They say they are anti-racist. What they are is anti-white. Anti-racist is a code word for anti-white.

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