Terre'Blanche's widow tells of her shock
Susan Cilliers, Beeld
Ventersdorp - The Eugene Terre'Blanche murder trial is set to continue in Ventersdorp on Tuesday, after his widow Martie took the stand on Monday.
An emotional Martie Terre'Blanche testified about the tremendous shock she suffered when she heard about the AWB leader's death.
She was informed of the murder on April 3 2010 when Radio Overvaal contacted her. She had tried in vain to reach her husband, phoning him nine times, she testified in the circuit court.
Chris Mahlangu, 29, and a 16-year-old youth are accused of his murder. Both had worked for Terre'Blanche. They claim they murdered him during an argument about wages.
Terre'Blanche testified she was not aware of any arguments about wages, relationship problems or that the workers feared her husband. “Eugene always said Chris worked well.”
Mahlangu earned R650 per month and the youth earned R50 a week. Terre'Blanche testified that the workers regularly came to borrow money from her but that her husband had to give permission first.
When pay day fell on a weekend, he always paid them the next week. “Otherwise they drank up all the money over the weekend and then wanted to borrow money again on Monday.”
Mahlangu was apparently drunk when he wanted to borrow money from her again on the Saturday morning - the day of the murder. The AWB leader would not lend him the money. “He had given Chris a bag of food on Thursday and said the workers knew they would only be paid after the [Easter] weekend.”
Terre’Blanche later went to pick up Mahlangu at his house in town, where he also worked as a gardener and had a room. He later called Martie and said Mahlangu wanted to buy liquor worth R200, and she was to pay for it the following week.
The AWB leader told his wife not to “mind a drunk person” after Mahlangu apparently told her on the day of the murder that Terre’Blanche was on his way to Pretoria.
“He [Mahlangu] ate at our house twice a day and sometimes also at night,” testified Terre’Blanche. “I gave him cigarettes or money for them. He said he didn’t want to smoke [cheaper] Boxer tobacco because he wasn’t a convict.”