ET ‘had not paid his workers yet’

2010-04-06 00:00

VENTERSDORP — The two employees arrested for Eugene Terre’­Blanche’s murder had definitely not yet been paid for March. However, he had made an arrangement with them to pay them after the long weekend.

This is what Terre’Blanche’s daughter and only child, Bea (28), told the media yesterday in the farmhouse where her father was murdered. She allowed the media into the house yesterday morning after the police concluded their investigation of the scene.

Terre’Blanche said her father and her mother, Martie, always discussed the workers’ wages at the end of the month. They were paid every month, but with the approaching Easter weekend her father apparently did not have a chance to finalise his banking in time.

Terre’Blanche had a good relationship with his workers, which was strengthened through their working with the animals on the farm, his daughter said.

She said she and her mother are devastated by her father’s murder. Even though she found it difficult, she decided to open the house to the media so that the world could see the reality of farm murders in South Africa.

The scene that greeted the media was of a run-down house, sparsely furnished.

Martie lives in town, and Eugene Terre’Blanche lived on his own when he was busy at the farm.

In the bedroom, the mattress and bedclothes had been taken away, but a large bloodstain could be seen on the bed base.

Also speaking at the farm, the AWB leader’s elder and only brother, Andries Terre’Blanche, who farms nearby, said he doubts the minor suspect in the murder case is only 15 years old as reported.

He said the youth is older than 16.

Terre’Blanche’s “traditional Afrikaner funeral service” will take place at noon on Friday in Ventersdorp and he will be buried in a tomb on his farm.

A digger was yesterday creating a large hole in the family graveyard.

André Nienaber, a relative, said the family custom is to build tombs. Terre’Blanche’s wife, Martie, will eventually be buried next to him in the crypt, which will be built of brick and plastered

Meanwhile, the mother of the arrested youth says he confessed to her that he struck Terre’Blanche with an iron bar in the dispute over pay.

“My son admitted that they did the killing,” the mother said in an exclusive interview with AP Television News conducted in Tswana at her house in Tshing township on the outskirts of Ventersdorp.

She said she spoke to the teenager at the police station on Saturday after he had turned himself in along with his alleged accomplice, a 28-year-old farm worker.

The mother said her son told her that when he and his co-worker asked Terre’Blanche for their money, he told them first to bring in the cows.

After they had brought in the cows they again asked for their money, which he then refused to give them.

“He said that the man told him to wait while he went to the storeroom. He came back with an iron rod.

“He started hitting Terre’Blanche, with four blows to the head. Then my son says he took the iron rod and hit him with three blows,” the mother said.

“My son was a person who doesn’t like to be in trouble,” she said, appearing a bit bewildered and scared.

Police said Terre’Blanche was lying on his bed when he was attacked between 5 and 6 pm on Saturday.

The mother’s account that there was only one murder weapon — an iron rod — did not fit police reports that a panga and a knobkerrie were the murder instruments found at the scene.

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