Reporter told Terre'Blanche's wife
Ventersdorp - Slain rightwing leader Eugene Terre'Blanche's wife heard from a radio station that her husband was dead, the High Court sitting in Ventersdorp heard on Monday.
Martie Terre'Blanche testified that her sister phoned to tell her that her husband's horse was running up and down its fenced area the day of his death.
Her sister lives next door to the farm outside Ventersdorp, in North West, where Terre'Blanche was killed April 3 2010.
Struggling to hold back her tears, Martie told the court she called her husband numerous times before phoning his sister to ask her to check on him.
Just before 18:30, the local radio station, Radio Overvaal, phoned her to find out if her husband was dead.
"I did not believe it and said I would find out," she told the court.
No notable strain
The suspected killers had apparently alerted Ventersdorp police that Terre’Blanche was dead.
Farmworkers Chris Mahlangu and a minor are accused of beating the Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging leader to death. He was 69.
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.
Terre'Blanche's widow said on Monday that there had been no notable strain between her husband and the workers accused of killing him.
"My husband always said he [Mahlangu] worked well," she testified.
She said Mahlangu knocked on her kitchen window between 10:00 and 11:00 on the day of the murder, and asked for a loan.
‘Accused was drunk’
She said she would have to ask her husband before giving him money, as the workers would receive their salaries only after the Easter long weekend.
She said Mahlangu was drunk when he arrived at her house.
"He wasn’t sober."
Mahlangu told her Terre'Blanche was in Pretoria, but her husband had told her the night before that he was going to the farm.
When she phoned him, he told her not give Mahlangu money as he was almost at their home in Ventersdorp.
On his arrival, he and Mahlangu went to a nearby bottle store where Terre'Blanche bought alcoholic drinks to the value of about R200.
Martie told the court that when her husband got home, he was in a hurry to get back to the farm and told her he would be back that evening.
The trial continues on Tuesday.