Heavy police presence at ET court hearing

2010-05-19 08:02

Police units were gathering at the Ventersdorp Magistrates Court

this morning ahead of the appearance of the man accused of killing right-wing

leader Eugene Terre’Blanche.

By 8am there were 60 officers at the doorstep of the court, sipping

coffee and chatting to their colleagues.

The police said they had been instructed to keep journalists out

and would take further direction from the National Prosecuting Authority when

its members arrived.

There were no protesters, and the number of reporters was

significantly lower than on previous occasions.

Doubts emerged over co-accused Chris Mahlangu’s citizenship and age

at his last court appearance because he did not have an identity document, and

no trace of him could be found at the home affairs department.

His attorney, Puna Moroko, argued that Mahlangu should be released

on bail because he had two minor children. He said his client would not be a

flight risk as he did not have a passport.

The court heard on May 10 that Mahlangu and his co-accused, a

15-year-old boy, broke into Terre’Blanche’s North West farmhouse on April 3

while he was asleep.

They struck him 28 times with a panga and an iron rod,

pulled his pants down and stole his cellphone.

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