Terre'Blanche trial adjourned

2012-02-07 14:10

Johannesburg - The trial of two people accused of killing rightwing leader Eugene Terre'Blanche was adjourned on Tuesday by the High Court sitting in Ventersdorp.

Closing argument of a trial within the trial was meant to be heard on Tuesday, but defence lawyer Kgomotso Tlouane was ill. The proceedings would resume on Wednesday.

Legal teams for the accused and the State agreed to exchange written heads of argument by end of business on Tuesday, and that these would be handed to Judge John Horn on Wednesday morning.

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 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.

The defence has questioned the validity of information gathered from the two accused of the murder shortly after the crime.

The trial within a trial is about determining whether this information is admissible as evidence.

  • Shirley - 2012-02-07 14:25

    More time to come up with more ridiculous theories!

      Godfrey - 2012-02-07 14:36

      And also to eliminate the emotions attached to the case. Just wondering if this was an ANC leader, would they have been behind bars by now????

      procold2 - 2012-02-07 14:37

      shirley this is a waste of tax payers money,

      Shirley - 2012-02-07 14:50

      I agree 100%-however us being the minority-our opinions dont mean squat. You have to be a "struggle hero" to receive justice.

  • elsabe.wessels1 - 2012-02-07 14:36

    The actual reason for a trial in the first place is just set aside. Please keep in mind the reason for a trial in the trail in the first place. A murder took place.

  • Tammy - 2012-02-07 15:05

    just set them free now and stop wasting our hard earned money - it is what you are going to do anyway. The legal system in this country is one big fat joke!

  • Desmond - 2012-02-07 16:54

    Set them free. The people will see that justice is done as the only justice the state does is to protect murderers.

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