Quiet start to Terre'Blanche proceedings

2012-02-06 12:33

Ventersdorp - The scene outside the High Court sitting in Ventersdorp was quiet on Monday morning as the trial of the two people accused of murdering AWB leader Eugene Terre'Blanche resumed.

Last week, rival groups supporting Terre'Blanche's Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging and the accused demonstrated outside court, waving banners and singing songs.

AWB supporters seemed to prefer the Afrikaans song De La Rey - about a call to an old Boer War general to return to lead the Boers. A group of local residents sang President Jacob Zuma's trademark Awulethu' Mshini Wami (bring me my machine gun).

Chris Mahlangu and a minor, who may not be named, are charged with beating Terre'Blanche to death in his farmhouse outside Ventersdorp in North West in 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.

On Friday, during a trial within a trial on the admissibility of evidence, two previous cases involving investigating officer Lieutenant Colonel Tsietsi Mano - one criminal and one civil - were used by the defence to question his credibility.

  • Marion - 2012-02-06 12:58

    Something I found strange in one report was that ET's widow said they did not pay their workers on a Friday 'cos they didn't want them to spend it all on getting drunk and then, apparently, went on to say that ET took the guy to the bottle store to buy R200 worth of booze on the day he was killed. Doesn't make much sense to me... To drink or not to drink, that is the question.

      Martinus - 2012-02-06 15:26

      That's not weird at all. You may not know much about life on the farms, but I'll tell you this, in the Western Cape, the farmers often give the coloured workers wine/alcohol on the weekend before their pay and then give the money to them or their wives the following Monday. This is so that they can get lekker on the weekend without wasting their family's money for the month!!

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