Sex-crime claim not the first one linked to ET

2010-04-13 00:00

ALLEGATIONS that the murder of Eugene Terre’Blanche was linked to a sexual advance are not the first time the Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging’s leader has been accused of molesting a young man.

While the murder was initially attributed to wage disputes, a defence lawyer confirmed that allegations of a sexual offence will form part of the trial.

“My instructions from my client are that there was some sodomy going on, and it sparked the murder of Mr Terre’Blanche,” the lawyer said.

In the 1980s, Terre’Blanche was accused of sexually assaulting a teenage member of the AWB, who said he awoke after a night of heavy partying to find Terre’Blanche on top of him, trying to molest him.

These allegations have led to speculation that Terre’Blanche was a latent homosexual — described as an individual who experiences a sexual attraction to the same sex without overt action.

According to a local psychologist, blatant homophobia — which Terre’Blanche often displayed — is often a sign of its existence. The psychologist said Terre’Blanche’s “macho world of uniforms and horses” could have been a cover for latent homosexual tendencies.

According to studies, men with denied homosexual inclinations often display them under the influence of alcohol.

Renowned German psychoanalyst Karl Abraham once said “the homosexual components which have been repressed and sublimated... become unmistakably evident under the influence of alcohol”.

Police spokeswoman Captain Adele Myburgh confirmed that Terre’Blanche and the two accused had bought a bottle of Smirnoff vodka and about 30 Savannah ciders on the morning of the murder.

Police sources said the investigation includes the possibility that Terre’Blanche was engaging in sex with the 15-year-old accused.

Reports of a condom at the murder scene have been rubbished by some officials and confirmed by others.

General Jan Mabula, head of the Hawks in the North West, said he saw no condom at the scene, but confirmed that the Hawks are “looking into everything that has been alleged”.

Rumours of an inappropriate relationship between Terre’Blanche and a young boy have also surfaced.

A young boy allegedly stayed with Terre’Blanche on his farm. AWB leaders have said the boy slept in Terre’Blanche’s arms because he came from a troubled home and Terre’Blanche merely “took pity” on him.

However, psychologist Anne Lupton warned that the co-accused are under immense strain and “are at the mercy of enormous pressures from very different political spheres”, which would make “bulldozing” through these “coercive influences” very difficult.



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