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.

Rights

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.

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