ET faced gay rumours before

Pietermaritzburg - Allegations that the murder of Eugene Terre'Blanche might have been linked to a sexual advance are not the first time the AWB leader was accused of molesting a young man.

While the murder was initially attributed to wage disputes, a defence lawyer confirmed allegations of sexual offence would 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 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.

Cover for gay tendencies

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 spokesperson Captain Adele Myburgh confirmed Terre'Blanche and the two accused bought a bottle of vodka and about 30 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 the Hawks are "looking into everything that has been alleged".

Relationship with boy

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.

Lupton also said "a person raised in a home where coercion was the mode of persuasion, continues to coerce (such as rape and directed anger).

One could so easily ask if both Terre'Blanche and the older attacker were not perhaps drawn to one another because these dynamics were familiar".

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