Accused to give evidence on the sperm on ET’s genitals

2011-10-19 10:42

Farmworker Chris Mahlangu will give evidence about how semen got on to slain right-wing leader Eugene Terre’Blanche’s genitals, his lawyer said today.

“It’s not the accused’s version that they went to Terre’Blanche’s house with the intention of killing him,” Kgomotso Tlouane said in the High Court sitting in Ventersdorp.

“He will give evidence of how the sperm got to be on the deceased’s genitals.”

Tlouane was speaking during the testimony of Captain Jan Louw on the crime scene and his police statement.

Mahlangu (28) and a minor are accused of beating and hacking Terre’Blanche to death in his farmhouse in North West on April 3 last year. Both have pleaded not guilty to murder, housebreaking and robbery with aggravating circumstances.

Louw’s statement made no reference to semen being found on Terre’Blanche, but he made mention of it in court.

Zola Majavu, who represents the minor, suggested Louw was trying to protect the Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging leader’s family.

“The reason you left out the sperm on the penis is because you didn’t want to embarrass Terre’Blanche’s family,” said Majavu.

The court heard earlier that when Mahlangu approached the police about his treatment by Terre’Blanche, he was turned away as none of the officers wanted to confront him.

“He (Mahlangu) said he had a problem with the deceased before the incident. He was already beaten by the deceased, including (Terre’Blanche) choking him,” Tlouane said.

“He (Mahlangu) will further testify that he tried to report it to the Ventersdorp police station and they never listened.”

At the time, Mahlangu overheard police officers ask each other who would go and speak to Terre’Blanche. He got the impression they were scared.

Tlouane said Mahlangu would testify he was beaten once. However, there had been no visible marks on him to show the police.

The court heard Mahlangu was in “need, without money and food, and he was not a learned man”.

Police officers never told him what his options were. Mahlangu had no choice but to return to the farm and be beaten.

The trial continues. 

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