I was sodomised, couldn't escape: Mahlangu

2012-04-10 23:03

Ventersdorp - A sodomy claim by a farm worker accused of killing right wing leader Eugene Terre'Blanche was questioned in the High Court sitting in Ventersdorp on Tuesday.

Investigating officer Lieutenant Colonel Tsietsi Mano testified earlier that, “from myself and my investigation it [the sodomy claim] never surfaced, even during my interview with [the accused Chris Mahlangu]."

Mahlangu's lawyer Kgomotso Tlouane put it to Mano that his client alleged Terre'Blanche had sodomised him.

It was revealed on Tuesday that Mahlangu maintained the murder was self-defence.


Tlouane said his client tried to retrieve his suitcase from Terre’Blanche’s house when he was confronted. Mahlangu claimed he was then sodomised and assaulted and could not escape. In self-defence he picked up an iron rod in the bedroom and hit Terre’Blanche.

He also claimed Terre’Blanche was standing up when he hit him. He then fell onto the bed, where his body was found.

"[Mahlangu’s] instructions were that he regretted that he went to look for the suitcase... if he hadn’t gone there, one the sodomy, two the fight [would not have happened]," Tlouane said.

Mano denied Mahlangu’s version of events. He maintained his sworn statement was based on the information Mahlangu gave him after the murder.

"[Mahlangu told me] that he could see Terre’Blanche lying on the bed. The deceased never saw or heard them as he was asleep," Mano said.

Intended to dismember

Mano testified Mahlangu planned to castrate Terre'Blanche after the murder.

"Mahlangu said he pulled Terre'Blanche's pants down and exposed his genitals. His intention was to dismember Terre'Blanche. But he decided against it."

Mano told the court Mahlangu said he and his co-accused, a minor who may not be named, decided to kill Terre'Blanche in April 2010.

Mano was testifying about a statement given by Mahlangu on the night of the murder. He said Mahlangu stated he went into a storeroom at the farm, where he found an iron rod. He and the teenager entered Terre'Blanche's house through a window. They apparently found Terre'Blanche lying on his back on the bed.

"Mahlangu then hit Mr Terre'Blanche on the forehead with an iron rod. Two other blows followed on the face. There was a lot of blood... caused by the injuries. He repeatedly hit Terre'Blanche on the chest.

"His colleague took the rod from him. He hit Terre'Blanche in the face...  few blows on the chest as well," Mano said.

Tampered with the evidence

Norman Arendse, for the minor, also cross-examined Mano. He said if the semen on Terre'Blanche was wiped off before the body was removed, it would mean someone had tampered with the evidence.

"If it was deliberately removed then it was a serious offence, because that part of the evidence would be crucial," Arendse said.

Mano was questioned about fluid allegedly seen on Terre'Blanche's genitals.

"I never saw the body," he said.

The body was removed before Mano arrived at the house on the night of the murder. He said he only saw it during the post mortem.

"I asked the pathologist [if she found semen] and she said no. I know for a fact I asked," Mano said.

In October, pathologist Ruweida Moorad testified that Terre'Blanche's body may have been wiped before an autopsy was done.


"Perhaps when it [the body] was transported in a body bag it [the semen] was wiped off. I honestly don't know," she said at the time.

The State was questioning her medical examination of Terre'Blanche.

A substance believed to be semen was seen in photographs of his body taken at the crime scene. The substance was not visible when Moorad carried out her examination, but it was visible in the photos.

She said the body was refrigerated. Her autopsy was done on 6 April, three days after the murder.

Mahlangu and a teenager are charged with beating Terre'Blanche to death in his farmhouse outside Ventersdorp in the North West on 3 April 2010.

Both have pleaded not guilty to murder, housebreaking, and robbery with aggravating circumstances. Mahlangu claims he acted in self-defence. The teenager has denied involvement in the crime.

The trial continues.

  • mary.kircher - 2012-04-11 04:36

    not one word of truth in his whole statement - both the accused attacked and murdered an old man who was recovering from heart surgery, and asleep in bed, by hitting him repeatedly with iron rods - until he was dead. you are no heros, just cowardly hyenas

      Isikhulu - 2012-04-11 09:32

      Ok people, let us stick to the basics. 1. No one knows if it was semen, everybody is speculationg that it "looked" like semen. 2. Most people knows that semen is very sticky, so, they would have found it somewhere either on the sheets, pre-cum on ET's jocks, etc. 3. Why did Mahlangu not ask to be examined by a Dr for any penetration or injuries while he was being arrested.4.The Pathologist should could have swabbed the penis and seen if any fluids (semen or otherwise).4.Old semen wiping off in the bodybag? Get real.5. Why did Mahlangu go and boast that he murderded ET? Do you think a sodomised person would not have cried rape first?

      pokum - 2012-04-11 12:16

      hitting a person who was standing behind you is inconsistant with the injuries found. i mean if i was gonna hit a person in self defense, a single blow to the head that makes the person fall back onto his bed and renders him unconscious would have been enough. why not run away after that why continue to beat him repeatedly. this story is just not making sense

  • chimzyn - 2012-04-11 05:03

    What A Weird Fabrication.

      mamadih - 2012-04-11 06:05

      Only god knows the truth

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-04-11 09:55

      Lol god in the comment, gets you 40 dislikes

  • tshivhombelaf - 2012-04-11 05:47

    Don't insult our faculties, how do you let yourself to be sodomised and 'defend' yourself after the incident? Does that make sense?

      Eugene Walters - 2012-04-11 07:05

      they going to try every trick in the book to get out of this one

      Niki - 2012-04-11 08:31

      @ Eugene Walters: Except, it seems, consistency...

      pokum - 2012-04-11 12:20

      plus it was a very well known fact that Eugene hated black ppl with a passion he even could not hide, that is why the sodomy story does not make sense to me. Racists like ET cant even touch a nother race with out being OC about it, so to expect me to believe that he would lure a black person into his bedroom and get sexual in any capacity really does not make sense to me

      Makatikamusona - 2012-04-11 12:58

      @tshivhombelaf - If your boss who is known to have no human emotion is holding you at gun point what do you do, would you rather die than been sodomized, use you brain man

  • Muhammad - 2012-04-11 06:06

    Why are there some people feeling sorry for ET yet are happy to hear mugabe is sick. Bunch on racists

      E=MC2 - 2012-04-11 06:18

      Well I don't feel sorry for ET but am overjoyed about the rumours of Bob being sick... Does that make me half a racist?

      Smell - 2012-04-11 07:19

      I never was a fan of ET or his ilk. And ET and Mugabe do have something in common. They are both unapologetic racists, having held people to different standards based on the colour of their skins. First, let us compare the level of crimes against humanity perpetrated by Mugabe vs. ET. Mugabe has been responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands of his own citizens - I assume you are aware of the Matabeleland massacre in the 80s, and that you have also been following the news since 2000. ET was an outspoken, racist, right-wing firebrand that had insulted and annoyed the vast majority of people in South Africa for decades. His worst moment probably was leading the AWB on a violent and barbaric incursion into the Codesa process in the early 1990s. But he certainly never filled mass graves like Mugabe. And, despite all that swagger, he was always just a fringe character, even pathetic figure, even among Afrikaners. Second, Muhammad, enlighten us whether you would prefer to leave the world unexpectedly in a rain of extremely painful panga blows, seeing fountains of blood rising from your own body, hearing and feeling your own bones being fractured, separated from your loved ones. Or would you prefer advanced age, natural causes, a team of caring medical professionals and grieving family surrounding you? Are you morally ignorant, or are you just feigning ignorance?

      Squeegee - 2012-04-11 07:36

      Smell, youv'e nailed it. Wanting someone to dissapear from the scene and condoning violent murder are vastly different.

      pokum - 2012-04-11 12:23

      criminals are criminals my dear, and even ET's kind deserve justice. For Mugabe he will be just fine

  • Katlego - 2012-04-11 06:46

    Crime of passion?? Hmm, Mahlangu must tell all! Sodomised at gun point or out of preferrence? Hehehehe! Bua!

  • Sajitha - 2012-04-11 06:55

    ET might have hated blacks but it doesn't rule out possibility of going behind Mahlangu. The pictures show semens is it just from wet dreams? It all makes sense that only after he came that Mahlangu could hit him. ET was a tyrant, I'm not against his colour but his attitudes against other humans to me is just ungodly. Truly I don't see any racial relevance here just a culprit and a victim. Mahlangu would not just access entry in ET's bedroom that easily. Pictures were taken after murder for heaven's sake

      Squeegee - 2012-04-11 07:42

      Sei stupido?

      Marion - 2012-04-11 07:51

      The only thing that makes sense to me is that possibly ET engaged in a bit of self-pleasuring before he was killed. No one commits sodomy lying down to my knowledge!

      Squeegee - 2012-04-11 12:40

      Wow Marion, now your'e an expert in sodomy.

      Marion - 2012-04-11 13:14

      @Squeegee - No I'm not, but obviously you are.

  • Bobi - 2012-04-11 07:30

    This case is takin foreva, dis boys are not quilty can it be closed now. mano is lyin

      FeebleGastro - 2012-04-11 07:39

      What is dis, takin, foreva, quilty and lyin? Some mongrel language like Ebonics?

      Warmonger - 2012-04-11 08:47

      Dat be da truth FeebleGastro, seemsa sum pepol needa joint befora dey can posta shi'ite onda pulik forams man...

  • Grant - 2012-04-11 08:12

    There are some sick ANC trolls on this forum. I was not a fan of ET, I thought of him as a joke but anyone applauds his murder is as barbbaric as the killers. A few things occured to me reading the report. Mahlangu must have brought the suitcase with him to fill up with stuff they could steal. Why would ET have 2 iron bbars in his bedroom? The 'semen' part is a bit of a mystery. If Mahlangu was sodomised it would have been up his @rse. Were the accused examined to see if they had been sodomised? Was ET examined to see if he had semen and faeces on his penis? If he wasn't then it was a very poor job done by the pathologist. If ET was in bed recovering from a heart op he would be in no state to sodomise 2 men.

      Mary - 2012-04-11 09:05

      ET was an old and sick man, in all probability impotent. If there was semen, maybe it was the boy's? Murderers have been known to masturbate on their dead victims, which, like rape, is about power.

      Makatikamusona - 2012-04-11 12:48

      WTF does ANC got to do with this. And for your information whenever monsters, murders, dictator, any immoral people are killed, we do celebrate and I am sure his former wife celebrated too.

  • Mike - 2012-04-11 08:26

    I love the fact that the investigating officer of ET's murder is a Black cop who knows the 2 accused are guilty and is out to prove it. Just goes to show, there is hope for this country yet, he's doing his job the best he can despite the history of the man murdered. Well done Mano, i think you the true hero in this saga.

      Eugene Walters - 2012-04-11 09:06

      breaking into a house kill everybody and claim it was self defence do you really think a judge is going to listen to jokes

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-04-11 09:16

      True! A violent murder remains a violent murder, regardless of the person or his/her skin colour. It's the mentality and character of the person...

      Lorain - 2012-04-12 07:31

      And even then, there are still some whites who will seek and find fault with him,regardless of the fact that he is doing his job well and ptting aside who the victim was.

  • Sazi - 2012-04-11 08:33

    I was never a fan of ET but I really don't think that out of so many white women that adored him, he would choose a black man's behind?????

      Makatikamusona - 2012-04-11 12:45

      You kidding right? Do really think anyone would adore that monster, he had no respect for any one(blacks,women,rhinos) even his wife left him

      Lorain - 2012-04-12 07:53

      @ Sazi well truth is often stranger than fiction.

  • Velile - 2012-04-11 08:42

    The semen? got to have the answer to that!

      Marion - 2012-04-11 08:46

      @Velile - how could there have been semen if he had to undo ET's trousers in order to castrate him?

      pokum - 2012-04-11 12:43

      it could be that the accused masterbated on the body. it has happened on many a crime scene

  • hein.huyser - 2012-04-11 08:48

    Isn't it against the law for lawyers to "brief" their cleints with another "story" when in court? It seems that this lawyer is trying ti give Chris a reason to justify his crime, in order fot him to secure some credentials as a person fit for a high paying government job. This story we hear is 100% contrary to his original statement. This was 1st degree murder and nothing else

      Eugene Walters - 2012-04-11 08:57

      this is just another barbaric attack on a innocent farmer like all the others it will never stop

      pokum - 2012-04-11 12:45

      I think he took the case thinking that it was going to be great publicity and when he finaly heard the truth (if at all) from his client it was too late to back out now the desparation and gaps in the defense is disgustingly aparent

  • jenny.sykes2 - 2012-04-11 09:27

    So many people accuse Terre'Blanche of being a racist, why in the world would he want to sodomise a black?! This makes no sense! Just another way to try escape justice. You do the crime, you do the time! Death penalty should come back!!!!!

      Makatikamusona - 2012-04-11 12:46

      You don't know him like we do

      Malavi - 2012-04-11 13:47

      I condone his death!

      jenny.sykes2 - 2012-04-12 10:18

      So Makatika I'm guessing he tried to sodomise you as well? If he's such a racist why would he want to touch a black?? Think about this logically now.

  • Jacques - 2012-04-11 09:44

    Sick how people do not have respect for the dead.He is not here because he was murdered.He cant defend himself now.If one of you are murdered today by a savage like this,would you like stories to be fabricated about yourself being a sodomiser.sick sick sick!

      Makatikamusona - 2012-04-11 12:53

      If you are dead, you are dead do you really have to care. And remember people are just telling the story of his life

      Makatikamusona - 2012-04-11 13:06

      @Renier I worked for that racist monster in the 90s

      Malavi - 2012-04-11 13:44

      He is a dead dog!

  • Nyiks11 - 2012-04-11 10:07

    at his age ET was way to limp to perform a successful forced entry on Mahlangu's rear end . where there any medical tests performed on Mahalngu's exhaust to verify his claim ?

      pokum - 2012-04-11 12:47

      conviniently not

      bashin.monyela - 2012-04-11 16:07

      Lmao, eish you people are gems.

  • Malavi - 2012-04-11 14:00

    Why waste state resources with a dead dog? The dog deserve it!

      jenny.sykes2 - 2012-04-12 10:24

      Hmmmmm I could say the same about a lot of the criminals that live off tax payers money in jail. Why waste resources on them? They rape, murder and and destroy innocents peoples lives!!! But because ET is white he deserves it?!

  • vuyo.zuccherro.gqwaru - 2012-04-11 15:01

    They are clutching at straws now with the sodomy claim, but we cannot rule out the fact that it may have happened days or maybe weeks before the murder. Even though Eugene Terre'Blanche was a racist he could have sodomised them to humiliate them or to fulfil a sexual fantasy, who knows?

  • bashin.monyela - 2012-04-11 16:05

    If a man can admit to being forcebly f*cked in the a$$, he must be telling the truth.

      Latiffa - 2012-04-11 16:40

      Renier@ musturbating alongside a dead corp hmm

  • chanjerayi - 2012-04-11 19:48

    That ET was no angel either!

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