Terre'Blanche sodomy claim 'absurd'

2012-01-31 11:46
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ET murder trial

The trial of two farm workers accused of killing AWB leader Eugene Terre'Blanche continues in the High Court sitting in Ventersdorp. See the latest pictures here.

Ventersdorp - Eugene Terre'Blanche's widow has testified that a farmworker's claim that the murdered AWB leader sodomised him is "absurd".

The claim was put to Terre'Blanche's widow Martie on Tuesday when she was being cross-examined in the High Court sitting in Ventersdorp in the North West.

She reacted: "It is totally unacceptable. Eugene would never in his whole life do something like that."

Kgomotso Tlouane, for murder accused Chris Mahlangu, asked her if she knew that Mahlangu was sodomised before and on the day of the murder.

"If I look at his integrity and his political view it is absurd," she said.

Living conditions

Tlouane questioned her about the living conditions of the two accused, the food they ate, and her late husband's salary arrangements. Martie said Terre'Blanche never paid his workers on a Friday as they would spend all their money over the weekend.

"Eugene tried to help them [the workers], because their money was finished within a day."

Tlouane confirmed no salaries were paid on the date of Terre'Blanche's murder, April 3, 2010. He said Mahlangu claimed he was not told about the salary arrangement.

Martie said she knew Mahlangu's salary was less than the prescribed minimum wage, adding: "He was willing to work for that. It was his choice to leave the job if he didn't want it."

Mahlangu and a minor are accused of beating and hacking the former AWB leader to death in his farmhouse. 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.

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