Terre'Blanche: Cop training questioned

2012-01-30 12:34

Ventersdorp - Training in applying the Child Justice Act was brought into question during the trial for the murder of rightwing leader Eugene Terre'Blanche in the High Court in Ventersdorp on Monday.

Captain Jacobus Rautenbach, one of the officers at Terre'Blanche's house after the murder, was asked about the training received by police.

One of the two farmworkers accused of killing Terre'Blanche was a minor and defence attorney Norman Arendse questioned the procedures that had been followed in terms of the Child Justice Act.

Rautenbach was repeatedly asked when and where training on the requirements of the new Act took place.

"I can't tell you where and when training was received but it was," Rautenbach said.


Chris Mahlangu and the 17-year-old youth 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.

Arendse maintained the arresting officers’ training only took place after Terre'Blanche's murder on April 3, 2010.

This meant the arresting officers could not have adhered to the regulations of the Act, he said.

Rautenbach said: "I at no stage suspected that the rights of the youth accused might have been violated."

He said he could not answer if the minor's rights had been violated. He had not been involved in that part of the investigation because he was at the crime scene.

  • Sharon - 2012-01-30 12:54

    Just a ploy to get this murderer off............child rights....big joke only when it suits the ANC......but they want the voters age to be 16?????????????????????????????????????????????/

  • lindz.kok - 2012-01-30 13:09

    if the little b@sterd son of mughabe does come free we can all take comford in the fact he will be tortured and murdered soon after the trail.

      larisha.toffar - 2012-01-30 13:26

      it's comfor..T

      lindz.kok - 2012-01-30 13:30

      i am so sorry larisha out of the 5 languages i speak english is my 3rd, i will try and use a dictionary next time...

      lindz.kok - 2012-01-30 13:31

      sorry that was mean... thank you for corecting me i apreciate it.

      Lana-May - 2012-01-30 14:08

      Spelling police.... pfft..

  • Julie - 2012-01-30 13:21

    I agree with Ivan Coetzee; the bastard should rot in prison with the other savage!!!!

  • larisha.toffar - 2012-01-30 13:23

    in america at 16 your an adult- u should know what murder is at that age and that it's wrong!

  • Cindy - 2012-01-30 13:23

    Am I the only one wondering why theres a huge cry for the legal age of sexual consent to be lowered BUT 17 year olds want to be treated as babies when they've broken the law?

  • eddiebant - 2012-01-30 13:33

    They will find a reason for the case to be withdrawn or blame the police for poor investigation,etc.

  • jacques.c.smit - 2012-01-30 13:37

    It shouldn't matter...He murdered someone. Try him as an adult. at 17 you should be able to think for yourself and take responsibility for your own actions. In Thailand they make examples out of offenders, why not here?

  • Shirley - 2012-01-30 13:48

    Once again the OFFENDER has more rights than the victim! Self defence my @ss-a body doesnt look like that in self defence! He commited an ADULT crime so do the ADULT time. If he was white he would be tried as an adult-no questions.

  • SM1012 - 2012-01-30 14:10

    I just love AFRIFORUM can now get involved, here is the Legal battle underway...AWB & AFRIFORUM must make sure to secure a good lawyers here...other those thugs they will walk our street again.

  • Senene - 2012-01-30 14:13

    Who is on trail

  • elizabeth.vandyk - 2012-01-30 14:23

    @ Flowing Rivers - The AWB is not a party you twit, its a political movement.

      ivan.coetzee2 - 2012-01-30 14:30

      Dont waste your time and effort on this troll Elizabeth, he is just not worth the time and effort it takes to respond to his drivel

  • Zimbobwe - 2012-01-30 15:02

    lindz.kok I hear you but think you are wrong for calling me Mughabe's brother. Coming from Zim doesn't mean I support Mugabe. It's like in Mzansi were every black person is thought to be an ANC supporter or white person being a racist. It's small minds who thinks like that.

  • Zimbobwe - 2012-01-30 15:07

    ... and lindz.kok it is trial not trail!!! You just type the rubbish coming out of your flat spongeheadrubbishpants!!!

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