All quiet outside ET murder trial

2012-04-11 09:16

The scene outside the High Court sitting in Ventersdorp was quiet as the trial of two people accused of killing rightwing leader Eugene Terre’Blanche continued.

A small group of local residents and Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging (AWB) members in camouflage uniforms gathered outside the court yesterday.

The AWB members’ cars were draped with flags and posters, one of which read: “We want justice”, against a picture of Terre’Blanche’s face.

Chris Mahlangu and a teenager, who may not be named, are charged with beating Terre’Blanche to death in his farmhouse outside Ventersdorp, in the North West, in April 2010.

Both have pleaded not guilty of murder, housebreaking, and robbery with aggravating circumstances.

Mahlangu has claimed that he acted in self defence. The teenager has denied involvement in the crime.

Yesterday, the investigating officer, Lt-Col Tsietsi Mano, testified that Mahlangu had planned to castrate Terre’Blanche after the murder.

“Mahlangu said he pulled Terre’Blanche’s pants down and exposed his genitals. His intention was to dismember Terre’Blanche, but he decided against it.”

Mano said Mahlangu had stated that he went into a storeroom on the farm and found an iron rod. He and the teenager then entered Terre’Blanche’s house through a window.

They found him lying on his back on the bed. Mahlangu allegedly hit him on the forehead, then twice more on his face. The teenager took the rod from him and hit Terre’Blanche on the face and chest.

Mano was questioned about a claim that Terre’Blanche had sodomised Mahlangu.

He told the court that the sodomy claim had not surfaced during the investigation and his interviews with Mahlangu.

The minor’s legal representative, Norman Arendse, will continue his cross-examination of Mano today.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.