Police and media gather at ET murder trial

2011-05-03 08:52

Police and media were present in numbers at the Ventersdorp High Court today ahead of the appearance of the pair accused of killing AWB leader Eugene Terre’Blanche.

Uniformed AWB members were standing outside court as police put up yellow crime scene cordoning tape to keep them and media away from the gates. Supporters of the accused were also arriving.

The 16 journalists who had been granted access to a CCTV room to view the trial were handed green name cards by a court official.

The accused arrived at court in a police Nyala at 8.45am.

Police and security officials were positioned at various points at the court in the event that violence broke out.

At the first court appearance, racial tensions erupted as black community members and AWB members became confrontational. Police resorted to putting up a barbed wire fence in the middle of the road to separate black and white people.

However, there were no indications of possible conflict at the court today.

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