ET is haunting me: accused

2010-10-10 09:53

Ntombifuthi Mofokeng, the girlfriend of the alleged killer of AWB leader Eugene Terre’Blanche, says her boyfriend is haunted by the face of his alleged victim.

Mofokeng says Chris Mahlangu (28) has told her that every time he closes his eyes he sees Terre’Blanche’s face.

She says Mahlangu, the father of her two children, one aged three and the other eight, often weeps at the thought of Terre’Blanche.

She says the community of Mabopane, where Mahlangu lives, does not openly discuss the murder of the right-wing leader.

“I haven’t even told my children about it,” she says.

The community knows Mahlangu as a quiet, withdrawn man who does not cause trouble.

According to them, Mahlangu does odd jobs to feed his family and bothers nobody.

When City Press went to look for Mahlangu at his house, two police officers arrived soon after receiving complaints from the community that “white people were scratching around here”.

“We cannot risk that somebody might do something against him (Mahlangu),” said one police officer before he insisted on identification from City Press’s reporter and photographer.

“Are you from the AWB?” he asked.

Members of the community quickly surrounded Mahlangu and said they always made sure he stuck to his bail conditions.

During Mahlangu’s bail application, the Ventersdorp Magistrate’s Court was told that he would live with his uncle, Isaiah Ngobeni, in Mabopane, North West.

But community members said Ngobeni was in Zimbabwe and not at home.

City Press told Mahlangu and the police officers that an hour previously, Pretoria High Court Judge Elias Matojane had delivered a judgment sending him back to jail ­until the start of his trial in November.

“I don’t think it is fair,” commented Mahlangu.

He also denied that he was an illegal immigrant as alleged by the state in its appeal against the bail that a Ventersdorp magistrate granted him earlier this year.

Advocate George Baloyi argued on behalf of the state that Mahlangu had been deported to Zimbabwe in 2003 under the name “Chris Mofokeng”.

City Press was told that in Mabopane, Mahlangu was also known as Chris Monareng.

Responding to a question as to whether people recognised him in taxis and invited him to shebeens for drinks, Mahlangu smiled and replied “yes”.

He refused to respond to a question about what happened on the day of the murder.

One of the community members suggested that the journalist should be given “a hiding”.

City Press left the scene with the police officers.

National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga confirmed that Mahlangu was ­arrested again later in the day.

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