Terre'Blanche accused's request denied

2010-05-19 14:13

Ventersdorp - The Ventersdorp Magistrate's Court dismissed an application on Wednesday to amend a charge against Chris Mahlangu, who is accused of the murder of AWB leader Eugene Terre'Blanche.

Mahlangu's lawyer Puna Moroko wanted the charge changed from a schedule six offence to a schedule five offence.

A schedule six offence is planned, while the schedule five offence is not.

Moroka said earlier that he would argue that the crime was committed in self-defence and was not premeditated.

In an earlier bail application, it was alleged that Mahlangu and a 15-year-old minor planned the murder in Terre'Blanche's stables.

On Wednesday, the case started shortly before 13:00 after being delayed while a xiTsonga interpreter was sought.

Moroko also intended questioning investigating officer Captain Tsietsi Mano on his testimony during the previous bail hearing.

"We will question Mano (about) where he got the information that Terre'Blanche was sleeping when the crime happened. Mano is going to turn brown," he said. "He has a lot of explaining to do."

IxiTsonga is spoken mostly in the northern regions of South Africa, and in Zimbabwe.

At Mahlangu's previous appearance, the court heard from Mano that Terre'Blanche was stabbed and hit 28 times on April 3 and that he "did not see it coming".