No justification for brutal ET murder - judge

2012-05-22 17:20

Ventersdorp - Judge John Horn on Tuesday said that there was no justification for the brutal killing of Eugene Terre'Blanche as he found farmworker Chris Mahlangu guilty of the former Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging leader's murder.

Mahlangu's co-accused Patrick Ndlovu, whose name was revealed for the first time on Tuesday, as he has now turned 18, was acquitted of murder and attempted robbery, but found guilty of housebreaking.

Ndlovu was  described as a passive bystander and Horn said he was not convinced that he played an active role in the murder murder.

The pair had been on trial for hacking and beating Terre'Blanche to death on his North West farm in April 2010.

During his judgment, Judge Horn rubbished Mahlangu's claim that he acted in self-defence.

He said there was no evidence Terre'Blanche was killed due to his political views. The dispute was over wages.

"He was revered by some, but despised by others," Horn said.

While Terre'Blanche was portrayed as arrogant and violent, neither of the two accused testified about this, or any claims of abuse.

"None of these things could justify the brutal attack on the deceased."

Horn also rejected claims that Terre'Blanche sodomised Mahlangu.

"Sodomy is such a personal intrusion, I can't believe [Chris Mahlangu] would not have raised it immediately," Judge John Horn said.


He called sodomy an attack on a person's dignity and said it was demeaning.

"It is the equivalent to rape."

He asked why it was only mentioned towards the end of the trial, and also only through other witnesses.

Horn said Mahlangu saw the semen-like fluid seen on Terre'Blanche's genitals as an opportunity to use sodomy as a defence.

However, Horn said the notion that this had indeed been semen was never proven. The same applied to the origin of the fluid.

"I therefore reject any suggestion that [Mahlangu] was sodomised," Horn said.

Horn also rejected a claim by the pair's lawyers that the fluid was deliberately removed after the murder. This was a ridiculous assertion, he said, adding he doubted that any of the officers on scene would have done so.

"There was no earthly reason for them to lay their careers on the line to act in such manner; they had nothing to gain. It simply does not make sense."

  • AdeleFHM - 2012-05-22 17:34

    Justice served! Yes ET might not have been innocent himself, but those guilty must be punished

      George - 2012-05-22 17:37

      You call bed, 3 meals a day, entertainment, punishment. BRING BACK THE DEATH SENTENCE NOW. It's already being practiced by criminals, just make it official. Do it soon.

      Peter - 2012-05-22 17:37

      Agreed, proof that two wrongs dont make a right

      Squeegee - 2012-05-22 17:42

      Surely if you accompany someone and join him in a crime you are also guilty as the accomplice if he commits a more serious crime.

      Fanie - 2012-05-22 17:52

      George as crass as it might sound - he will now learn the meaning of sodomy - even a week in our prisons is potentially a death sentence in the long run

  • Peter - 2012-05-22 17:35

    "It simply does not make sense" no criminal act ever makes sense. They got what they deserved, killing in cold blood is killing in cold blood regardless of gender, age, religion or race.

  • Shirley - 2012-05-22 17:36

    Sense prevailed. I still feel Ndlovu got off lightly. The sheer brutality of this murder deserves a severe sentence.Wether E.T. was liked or disliked -murder must be punished to the full extent of the law. This should be seen as a victory against crime,not an excuse for a racial confrontation.

  • Wally - 2012-05-22 17:47

    I would love to read the case record of the evd tendered to see what the reason for the Housebreak was. Why was the little creep only convicted of Housebreaking and in the least not Housebreaking with the intent to rob and robbery with aggravated circumstances? I cannot comment until I know more about that specifically. If anyone can enlighten me I would be glad, as long as it is based on proven fact and not assumption or emotional outbursts.

      blipsie - 2012-05-22 18:55

      Wally he had blood splatter on his shoes, so he was there, the judge seems fair so I am assuming some evidence was thrown out due to bugger ups.

      Hugh - 2012-05-22 21:45

      The police made huge errors that made some evidence inadmissable. But what I do understand is that both lawyers nor prosecutuion would not exactly push the racial attack or the murder being politically motivated. All the judge can do is pass judgement on that which was presented.

  • Fhedzani Sadiki - 2012-05-22 18:02

    How did this become about race? The judge made a ruling, a man was killed and the killers were found guilty. Black or White law is the same...

      Poloyatonki - 2012-05-22 18:04


      neels.swart.7 - 2012-05-22 18:23

      Thanks tell your black brothers

  • Tamaranui - 2012-05-22 18:12

    Now can we move on, This ET is still getting publicity.

  • Godfrey Hloni Baleni - 2012-05-22 18:31

    But when will They be sentenced?

  • braamc - 2012-05-22 19:20

    Bunch of savages

      Jerzy - 2012-05-22 19:29

      You are right about the awb

  • Twentyfivemay - 2012-05-22 19:22

    Chris dnt worry we'll pertition the president to pardon you

      Deana - 2012-05-23 06:19

      @Twentyfivemay- I pity you. So just because ET was white and a racist, he deserved the brutal death your comrades bestowed upon him? You are a racist- would that then justify the same fate for you? Oh no, you're black, so you can be racist, support murder and reversed apartheid. You give educated, decent blacks a bad name. Shame on you. The day of reckoning is near- and then you'll have to explain to God why you were filled with this burning hatred for whites. Our blood, my friend, is the same color. Just sad that you're a bloodthirsty savage.

  • Jerzy - 2012-05-22 19:31

    Could have been saliva

  • michiel.mitchell - 2012-05-22 19:42

    SO there are actually justification for such a murder, just not in this case... WTF!!!!

  • scnzama - 2012-05-22 20:06

    why does News24 always remove my comments?.i was merely exercising my freedom of expression.NEWS24 you suck

      Jandl Reevo Reeves - 2012-05-22 20:14

      Just like the painting-freedom of expression as well.

  • mluprof - 2012-05-22 20:44

    Racism is far from being ova here in SA if u can still see and read such comments...and i ask maself "Where is the LOVE...SA's"....GOD BLESS SA

  • Crracker - 2012-05-22 20:52

    Chris Mahlangu now says that life imprisonment is preferrable to a life of poverty. Listen you f... You are from Zimbabwe. What were you doing here? Google.

      Sean - 2012-05-22 22:52

      @Crracker Maybe like yourself,Chris Mahlangu,is an immoral atheist who enjoys bashing religion,the bible,God etc and thinks there is justification for it when writing articles in MyNews24.The only difference between you two freaks is that this sociopath with multiple personality disorder,Chris Mahlangu,took it a step further by brutally killing an innocent farmer,Eugene Terre'Blanche. Who knows what your brain dysfunction will prompt you to write or do next?

  • Diego - 2012-05-22 22:04

    so where are those idiots who say farm murders are organised by the ANC. He did not pay for two months and eventually paid with his life to what he hated the most "Black people". The story of full life circle from the credible to the grave now he is burning in hell. Burn in piece

      blipsie - 2012-05-23 09:14

      He couldnt pay them because he had paid for his housekeepers funeral.

  • Ntshobs - 2012-05-22 22:08

    Many people in their wildest dreams want us to believe that we are a rainbow nation, but the fact is that we are always confranted with racism.

  • Fidel - 2012-05-23 08:25

    The man was a card carrying NAZI with a modified swastika for a flag. Mussolini got worse!

  • sandile.filita - 2012-08-20 19:53

    What the F**k was he suppose to do with that old ugly son of a bitch raping him like his mistress?

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