Terre'Blanche cop 'threatened to kill accused'

2012-02-03 12:25

Ventersdorp - The investigating officer in the Eugene Terre'Blanche murder trial threatened to kill one of the accused, the High Court sitting in Ventersdorp heard on Friday.

"You would arrange for him [farmworker Chris Mahlangu] to be taken to a magistrate to make a statement, and if he does not do as you tell him, then you will kill him," Mahlangu’s lawyer Kgomotso Tlouane put it to the investigating officer.

Lieutenant Colonel Tsietsi Mano denied this.

On Thursday, Mano testified that both Mahlangu and the youth had their rights read and explained to them after they were arrested.

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

Mano testified that on the night the two were arrested, an arrangement was made for their transfer from Ventersdorp to Klerksdorp.

Precautionary measure

Tlouane asked why Mano felt the need to arrange the transfer.

"Ventersdorp has always been in the news about racial confrontations," Mano said.

He was worried that as Terre'Blanche was the leader of the Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging that followers might take matters into their own hands and attack the police station.

"There was a lot of tension," he said. It was taken as a precautionary measure.

Both the defence for Mahlangu and the youth brought up a previous judgment delivered against Mano.

Judge John Horn said he would have to read up on the case and then decide if he would allow questioning on it.

The judgment in question was delivered in the North Gauteng High Court in 2008 against Mano and a number of other police officers.

They had to pay more than R500 000 in compensation to Madimetja Phineas Kutumela who was wrongfully arrested in 2004 in connection with the kidnapping and murder of constable Francis Rasuge.

According to the judgment, Mano and other SA Police Service members assaulted Kutumela and initiated malicious proceedings against him.

  • Erich - 2012-02-03 12:37

    Since when is a little persuation to make a voluntary confession irregular?

      4KMK007 - 2012-02-03 12:51

      You are not a law expert, so stay out of it.

      ClaudsClosest - 2012-02-03 12:57

      The same could be said for you 4K

      procold2 - 2012-02-03 13:09

      should not of threatened,actions speak a thousand words

  • PointBlank - 2012-02-03 12:37

    Anyone else getting bored with this run around? What other story can the defence come up with next week.. Like a bloody soap opera.

      Hugo - 2012-02-03 16:45


  • Peter - 2012-02-03 12:41

    I find it a little odd that there are so many stuff ups in this case...does raise an eyebrow on whether or not, this was indeed planned, and incompetent people were given such high risk profiles to handle. Were they chosen? knowing that they would stuff up, and nobody actually gets convicted? It seems everything is going wrong with this case

      Peter - 2012-02-03 12:42

      could it possibly be a political hit?

  • Shirley - 2012-02-03 12:54

    You know theyre guilty,we know theyre guilty so stop trying to get off on technicalities/ I wonder if this is a legal aid lawyer? At R50 a week cant see them paying him. Pretty feisty for a legal aid lawyer!

      John - 2012-02-03 12:59

      Their lawyer is probably paid for by.....Malema

      cosmos.ndebele - 2012-02-03 12:59

      Guilty of what?

      Deon - 2012-02-03 13:04

      The state pays for the lawyer if you can't afford one.

  • MSGRule - 2012-02-03 12:54

    usuall self defence does nto happen inside someone elses house. if you break in and defend yourself that is murder

  • Priyal - 2012-02-03 12:54

    When they first announced that semen was in involved in this case, i knew it was going downhill quick...

  • Gary - 2012-02-03 12:55

    Unbelievable how these lawyers sleep well at night when the know they are mostly,not all the time,defending these criminals,trying to make the police the rogues in the story,a prime example the Jub Jub case(scum)!

  • John - 2012-02-03 12:57

    This is starting to sound more like the OJ Simpson trial - remember the cop that was 'racist', and ridiculous assertions that eventually saw OJ Simpson freed, when in fact he slaughtered his wife

      Peter - 2012-02-03 13:04

      ...and her friend

  • cosmos.ndebele - 2012-02-03 12:57

    Grizzly death for a Grizzly beast!!!

      Derde - 2012-02-03 13:01

      Yep, hence ol comrade hani also got his just desserts

      cosmos.ndebele - 2012-02-03 13:08

      Where is Walus & Derby-Lewis now?

      Albert - 2012-02-03 13:08

      Now you can sleep at night.Was hy jou groot tokolos?

  • Mangoplanet - 2012-02-03 13:05

    It's still murder. No matter what the reasons are. They should get their sentence and pay for the crime. Finish and klaar.

  • Deon - 2012-02-03 13:06

    Stop waisting time the police is not on trial here.

  • Jason - 2012-02-03 13:07

    Don't know about the youngster but how is it possible to kill someone as Self Defense when you have a panga when Eugene's pants had been around his ankles and had no weapon. That's like shooting someone in the back and claiming your life was been threatened, desperate ploy to get out of a life sentence.. I hate Eugene think he stood for everything thats wrong with this country but doesn't mean someone can kill him for it.

  • JayJohnsonS - 2012-02-03 13:12

    i still maintain this is not what it looks like. hey mahlangu, "how much did they give u and ur family?" A Farm? no one kills a leader no matter what race they are,lol Malema would have been long dead by now.

  • Mhlophe - 2012-02-03 13:20

    This is getting ridiculous now. If this lawyer is paid by the hour, it makes perfect sense.

  • The-Azanian - 2012-02-03 13:22

    uuh now thats drama unfolding...

  • aluwanirootz - 2012-02-03 13:37

    wrong or right...this is a good lawyer

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