ET murder: Two charged

2010-04-06 14:25

Two farm workers, aged 15 and 28, were officially charged today in the Ventersdorp Magistrate’s Court with four crimes, including the murder of AWB leader Eugene Terre’Blanche.

National Prosecuting Authority advocate George Baloyi said the accused – Chris Mahlangu (28) and a minor, who cannot be named – were formally charged with murder, housebreaking and robbery with aggravating circumstances, crimen injuria, and attempted robbery with aggravating circumstances.

The charge of crimen injuria was explained by Baloyi: “(After the murder) ... they pulled down his (Terre’Blanche’s) pants to his knees and exposed his private parts.”

The case was postponed to April 14. The two had not yet pleaded to the charges.

Criminal capacity

Baloyi said one issue had not been finalised – the criminal capacity of the accused (the minor). It has to be determined whether the youth had the capacity to commit murder or whether he was acting on someone else’s instruction. “(The case) was postponed for seven days to finalise that issue.”

The 15-year-old’s attorney, Zola Majavu, relayed a message from the youth to the community: “Please, please don’t hurt my family.”

Family members said they were “traumatised” and scared. They feared for their lives.

Majavu said: “He is shocked, exhausted and traumatised.”

The youth had not eaten today and his mother was too scared to leave the court room, worrying about her safety. “I am arranging the security for her,” he said.

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