Terre'Blanche officer accused of deceit

2012-02-06 14:15

Ventersdorp - The officer investigating the murder of AWB leader Eugene Terre'Blanche was accused in the High Court sitting in Ventersdorp on Monday of trying to deceive the two people standing trial for the crime.

"We will submit that your agenda and intentions were to deceive the accused and the court," defence lawyer Norman Arendse said in cross-examining the investigating officer, Lieutenant Colonel Tsietsi Mano.

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

Occurrence book

The court heard on Monday that Mano had signed the occurrence book, but not the cell register, when he transported them from the Ventersdorp police station to his office in Klerksdorp on the night of the murder.

Mano had also indicated in the occurrence register that they were being taken to the Hartebeesfontein police station, near Klerksdorp, when they were actually first taken to his office.

"You can’t just take people to your office," said Arendse, acting for the minor.

Mano maintained he had every right to take them to his office as he was the investigating officer.

"As soon as I signed the occurrence book, they were entirely my responsibility. There is nothing wrong with that, my lord," Mano said.

To which Arendse said: "Colonel Mano there’s a lot wrong with that."


The court heard that Mahlangu was taken to Hartebeesfontein police station later on that night, while the minor was taken to the Klerksdorp police station. Mano denied trying to deceive them, but admitted he had not told them where they were going or why they were being transferred.

Arendse asked why their families were not told of their whereabouts and argued that this was tantamount to kidnapping.

The court was told that Mahlangu and the youth were checked out of Ventersdorp police station shortly after midnight and signed in at the police stations only at 04:00.

Arendse described this as most unusual, saying it was part of a strategy by Mano to deprive the two of sleep by driving them from pillar to post.

Mano said the reason for transfer was the tension in Ventersdorp after Terre'Blanche’s murder.

"The situation was not conducive."

Mano submitted he had no ulterior motive or intention to do anything wrong.

Arendse put it to Mano that he jeopardised the trial because of the "indecent haste" with which he wanted the pointing out done in the early hours of that morning, when it could have been done later.

During the cross examination, Mano admitted he no longer had the notebook he had used on the night of the arrest.

  • AyGeewils - 2012-02-06 14:21

    How do you separate the police from the criminals when they are all in the same game - deciet?!

      AyGeewils - 2012-02-06 14:25

      Not to mention rape robbery and family slayings ...

  • Marion - 2012-02-06 14:23

    Were all the 'mistakes' by SAPS in this trial due to ignorance, negligence or a convenient way to thwart justice in this case? Just wondering...

      Ina - 2012-02-06 15:18

      My thoughts exactly, Marion. It looks as if justice will definitely not be done in this case, with all these 'mistakes' and notebooks missing etc. it looks as if it is heading for a miss-trial

  • mary.kircher - 2012-02-06 14:44

    He no longer had the notebook he had used on the night of the arrest ???? This murder has been full of contradictions from the start.

  • Jannie - 2012-02-06 15:12

    If these two murderers walk, I will have on faith in our so called justice system. Who does Arendse say murdered Terreblanche "The forefathers" ???

  • Foc - 2012-02-06 15:33

    Arendse no wonder Cricket SA is in such a mess you were involved there TOO and now you stuffing up a solid trial too!

  • Tsepiso - 2012-02-06 15:42

    The policemen are at fault here...there are so many criminals walking the streets due to the cops not doing their jobs,or trying to proove their superiority whilst giving the criminals leverage.Arendse is merely doing his job...which is to defend his client.Whether they killed Terrablanche or not that's not the issue now...issue is our Policemen & our justice system is messed up.

  • Kusleg - 2012-02-06 15:57

    The police officer was mostly likely saying well done guys during the night out driving.

  • Zion - 2012-02-06 16:19

    Prediction time: Both the accused will get off scot-free. Yes probably a mistrial and two criminals back on the streets to kill again. Police incompetence is rife so what is the difference really because the policeman concerned is a lieutenant colonel and hence a senior officer. No action will be taken against him but rather a promotion. A sick society.

  • Andrew - 2012-02-07 07:41

    Look at the rank held by the investigating officer and now tell the People of RSA our police force is competent to combat crime in this country. Our education system is in a shambles and even more so our police. All the fat cats in government are only concerned with enriching themselves and ensuring they continue to ride the gravy train.

  • Johnson - 2012-02-07 19:43

    SAPS - what a waste of tax money - affirmative action - at work :)))

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