Terre'Blanche trial set for October

2011-05-10 10:56

Ventersdorp - The trial of AWB leader Eugene Terre'Blanche's two alleged killers has been set down for October 10 to 21, the Ventersdorp High Court ruled on Tuesday.

Journalists and police gathered outside the Ventersdorp High Court in damp conditions on Tuesday ahead of the appearance of the pair accused of killing AWB leader Eugene Terre'Blanche.

The gates to the courthouse were closed and the road cordoned off. Some AWB members were seen. Judge John Horn presided.

Chris Mahlangu and a minor allegedly bludgeoned Terre'Blanche to death at his North West farmhouse in April last year - apparently over a wage dispute.

Last week, the matter was stood down when Mahlangu's new attorney, Kgomotso Tlouane said he would not be ready for trial in a week, given the amount of work he had to do.

"We are basically back to square one," he said at the time, explaining he would have to do the legal work Mahlangu's previous attorney Puna Moroko had failed to do.

He submitted that forensic and DNA evidence, photographs, witness statements and pointing-outs had not been examined by experts and that potential witnesses to help the defence were not tracked down. He said he needed time to form a proper defence strategy for trial and indicated it would take a lot of time.

On Monday, however, Tlouane told the court he was ready for trial, the National Prosecuting Authority said. "We were all taken aback this morning when he [advocate Kgomotso] said he was ready to proceed," spokesman Mthunzi Mhaga said on Monday.

The murder received international media coverage and sparked public debate about race relations and raised questions of whether the crime was politically motivated. There were also claims the murder was linked to the singing of a struggle song containing the lyrics "shoot the boer" by ANCYL leader Julius Malema.


  • motsokwane - 2011-05-10 11:03

    Who cares?

      Achmed - 2011-05-10 11:08

      The world cares, the victims and his/her family cares. Corrupt criminals DO NOT care (for a speedy justice system. Maybe jungle justice is the way to go.

      Achmed - 2011-05-10 11:13

      The world cares. The victims and their family cares. Criminal dont care if it takes forever. Justice SHOULD care.

      mo-man - 2011-05-10 11:55

      People who are strongly against murder and crimes care

      FaxM8 Fax - 2011-05-10 11:55

      Lets hope your mother is killed and then we will see who cares KFN Moron

      coolwaynie - 2011-05-10 14:33

      This is the response of someone that stares death in the face all day every day in the Townships and sees nothing wrong with murder as a way of sorting out life's problems. Imagining living like that....

  • Achmed - 2011-05-10 11:03

    Typical the SA justice system. Keep on postponing and delaying so that it evetually does not matter anymore. Many ruined lives in the wake of the justice system because of the excessive costs and trauma to the actual victims.

  • Gorilla - 2011-05-10 11:29

    Maybe justice in SA should be Navy Seal style, then we would have some focus.

      Achmed - 2011-05-10 11:42

      Are we not at the stage where that is the only justice you will get. Vigilante / jungle justice.

  • Victor - 2011-05-10 11:43

    Wait, didn't they say yesterday one of the key witnesses might pass away. Maybe that is the reason for delay, yet again. In the meantime the accuse is free to walk around and do what they like until they are found guilty (or not). This should trails have been done ages ago. If they did kill, doesn't matter who. They should be in jail. Not find excuses to be free.

  • Tsundzuka - 2011-05-10 11:54

    Its took the american justice system 3years to sort out the O.J Simpson trial. these things take time.

  • My Comment - 2011-05-10 12:47

    Eehh, your name means what?

      My Comment - 2011-05-10 12:48

      Actually referring to "motsokwane"...

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