Terre'Blanche accused back in court

2012-02-06 08:45
Ventersdorp - The trial of the two people accused of murdering AWB leader Eugene Terre'Blanche is scheduled to continue in the High Court sitting in Ventersdorp on Monday.

During the trial within a trial on Friday on the admissibility of evidence, two cases involving investigating officer Lieutenant Colonel Tsietsi Mano - one criminal and one civil - were used by the defence to question his credibility.

The pending criminal case followed Mano's arrest in May 2010 by the Independent Complaints Directorate.

Chris Mahlangu and a minor, who may not be named, are charged with beating Terre'Blanche to death in his farmhouse outside Ventersdorp in the North West in April 2010.

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


Last week lawyers for the two accused questioned the quality of translation by police officers who arrested the two and read them their rights.

"You used apartheid-style torture methods on a group of bank robbery suspects, including a police captain, who endured five hours of torture and spent a week in hospital," the lawyer for the accused youth, Norman Arendse, told Mano.

Mahlangu's lawyer, Kgomotso Tlouane, said his client disputed that his rights were read and explained to him and accused Mano of threatening to kill him.

"You would arrange for him [Mahlangu] to be taken to a magistrate to make a statement, and if he does not do as you tell him, then you will kill him," Tlouane said.

Mano denied the accusation and said that on the night the two were arrested an arrangement was made for their transfer from Ventersdorp to Klerksdorp.

"Ventersdorp has always been in the news about racial confrontations," he said.

Mano testified he was worried because Terre'Blanche was leader of the Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging and his followers could have taken matters into their own hands and attacked the police station.

- Are you there? Send us your stories and photos
Read more on:    awb  |  eugene terre'blanche  |  chris mahlangu  |  mahikeng  |  et murder trial

Join the conversation!

24.com 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.

24.com 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
1 comment
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

How much food do you need to concentrate?

We have been taught that we need three meals a day in order to make it through the day and while most of us indulge in more than our fair share there is a large portion of South Africans who are living off barely enough to sustain them.


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
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 24.com 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.