Terre'Blanche trial set for October
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.