Quiet start to Terre'Blanche trial

2012-01-31 10:27

Ventersdorp - The scene outside the Ventersdorp court was calm on Tuesday morning, ahead of the second day of the trial of two farmworkers accused of killing AWB leader Eugene Terre'Blanche.

A small group of AWB supporters were gathered outside the court on Tuesday.

On Monday a much larger group, dressed in camouflage uniforms, played Afrikaans music from cars draped in AWB regalia.

About 100 metres away, a group of local residents sang President Jacob Zuma's trademark Awulethu’ Mshini Wami (bring me my machine gun). Police warned the two groups to quieten down.

Chris Mahlangu and a minor are accused of beating and hacking the former AWB leader to death in his farmhouse 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 Monday Terre'Blanche's widow Martie testified that the relationship between her husband and the two employees had been healthy.

She will continue her testimony and faces cross-examination early on Tuesday morning.

  • Ron - 2012-01-31 11:13

    How can these dumb people support these killers. Talking about the zuma supporters.

  • Peter - 2012-01-31 11:30

    Im sure Zuma does not support either of these groups. Oh and neither do I. Just let justice take its course (pity no death penalty for murder), however justice does not always seem fair. Shaik, Derby Lewis, Waterkloof four, OJ Simpson, etc

  • reynard.j.debeer - 2012-01-31 11:53

    Having supporters on both sides show there is a small populaton of Safricans who cant move on from the past, just remember the rest of us have and are moving forward! If someone has committed murder then they should pay for what they have done, and yes not like Eugene was such an innocent person either. We are a democracy and we have legislation in place, and that needs to be addressed

      Hotkop - 2012-01-31 14:09

      No, it shows that some supporters support murdering of farmers.

  • Morne - 2012-01-31 16:08

    I don't feel one ounce of sympathy for this embarrassing (now dead) prick. Good riddance.

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