Terre'Blanche killer's sentencing delayed

2012-06-18 12:11
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See the latest pictures from the Ventersdorp High Court ahead of the sentencing of Chris Mahlangu, the man convicted of killing Eugene Terre'Blanche.

Ventersdorp - The sentencing of the man who killed rightwing leader Eugene Terre'Blanche was postponed on Monday by the High Court sitting in Ventersdorp.

Farmworker Chris Mahlangu was convicted last month of hacking Terre'Blanche to death at his farmhouse in April 2010 and of trying to rob him.

He was also convicted, with co-accused Patrick Ndlovu, of housebreaking with the intent to steal. Ndlovu was acquitted of the murder and attempted robbery.

Sentencing proceedings will resume on August 20.

A crowd gathered outside the Ventersdorp High Court in the North West on Monday morning for sentencing in the Eugene Terre'Blanche murder case.

Hoping for light sentences

Some of them held knobkerries. One held a teddy bear dressed in an Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging T-shirt. He said the toy was named after Andre Visagie, the leader of the rightwing splinter group Gelofde Volk.

Local Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) secretary John Tau said the community had mixed feelings about the sentencing.

"We are hoping for light sentences."

He felt that the police had made mistakes in their investigations.

Supporters of the Gelofde Volk and the AWB were outside court to show their support for Terre'Blanche.

They were dressed in army uniforms and had the Vierkleur (the old flag of the Transvaal) attached to their cars.

Police were on high alert outside the court in bakkies, Nyalas and on horseback.

During their last court appearance, Judge John Horn rejected claims that Terre'Blanche had sodomised Mahlangu.

Mahlangu’s claims rubbished

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

Horn said the notion that the substance had been semen was never proved.

He further rubbished Mahlangu's claim that he had acted in self-defence and said there was no evidence that Terre'Blanche was killed because of his political views.

Horn found that the dispute between Mahlangu and Terre'Blanche was over wages.

While Terre'Blanche was portrayed as arrogant and violent, neither of the accused testified about this.

Ndlovu's name was made public for the first time in May. His trial was held in camera as he was a minor at the time of the murder. He turned 18 in April.
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