Terre'Blanche trial closes for judgment

2012-04-19 14:50

Ventersdorp - The trial of two people accused of killing rightwing leader Eugene Terre'Blanche was postponed in the High Court sitting in Ventersdorp on Thursday.

Judge John Horn postponed the matter to May 22 for his judgment.

"It is probably going to be a long judgment. So prepare yourselves for a long judgment,” Horn told the State and the defence.

Chris Mahlangu and a teenager are charged with beating Terre'Blanche to death in his farmhouse outside Ventersdorp on 3 April 2010.

Not guilty pleas

Both have pleaded not guilty to murder, housebreaking, and robbery with aggravating circumstances. Mahlangu has claimed he acted in self-defence. The teenager has denied involvement in the crime.

Mahlangu and the youth declined to testify. The State and the defence closed their cases last week.

Horn wished the youth, who turns 18 on Sunday, a happy birthday.

Earlier on Thursday the boy's lawyer, Norman Arendse, said in his closing arguments that workers on Terre'Blanche's farm were exploited.

“Farmworkers like the accused are generally exploited.”

Terre'Blanche was a well-known white supremacist who “had a well-documented history of taking the law into his own hands”. He referred to Terre'Blanche's being jailed for assaulting a petrol station attendant in 1993. Arendse added that police knew a minor worked on Terre'Blanche's farm, but did nothing about it.

“The ‘dop system' is alive and well.”

He was referring to labourers being paid with alcohol. Terre'Blanche bought alcohol for the two accused on the day of his murder. Arendse said since neither of the two could drive, the third charge of attempted robbery was unfounded.

Sodomy claims

Mahlangu's lawyer Kgomotso Tlouane on Thursday again brought up his clients' claims that Terre'Blanche had sodomised him, which State prosecutor George Baloyi dismissed as "made-up stories".

“The issue of sodomy was timorously raised,” Tlouane said after the State on Wednesday argued that the allegation was not mentioned during the bail application.

He once again called the sodomy defence “contrived” during Baloyi's response to the defence's closing arguments.

During the trial Tlouane maintained Mahlangu went into Terre'Blanche's house to fetch his suitcase when the Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging leader attacked and sodomised him. Mahlangu subsequently killed Terre'Blanche in self defence.

During his response Baloyi also mentioned the disappearance of a semen-like fluid, seen on Terre'Blanche's genitals in police photos of the crime scene.

“We submit that the reasonable explanation is that it might have rubbed off on the body bag.”

The defence has argued that police removed it two hours before a mortuary employee was allowed into Terre'Blanche's bedroom.

Baloyi added that if police had intended to remove the semen, then police witnesses would not have testified to seeing it, and they could easily have deleted pictures in which it was seen.

Hearsay admissions

On Wednesday, Arendse told the court the State had no evidence against the teenager. He said the State was relying on hearsay admissions made by Mahlangu about the youth's role in the crime.

Baloyi told the court on Wednesday: "The State's submission is that both accused should be found guilty as charged on all counts."

He described the case as extraordinary because the two did not run away after the murder, instead walking a great distance to alert the police.

  • Shirley - 2012-04-19 15:06

    Same old cr@p. "farm workers exploited.Terblanche was a racist". That warrents a brutal murder??? Bottom line is that wether you are black,white,pink,purple,green-you dont go around killing people because you are "pi$$ed off!!!Our Society has no place for people who continue to kill in the name of race and apartheid. We are now living in 2012 incase no one has noticed!

      Randomhero6661 - 2012-04-19 15:58

      you dont get pink and green people... why not say African Caucasian Asian etc???... just a thought... and yes im having a "correct everyone day" and i don't care this is the internet dammit!

      SubGenius - 2012-05-21 14:03

      I also always wondered about the phrase 'anybody, black white, green pink or purple'. It's bollocks actually.

  • sandy.langenstrass - 2012-04-19 15:09

    How is it permissible in court for these two to plead NOT GUILTY..WHEN THEY HAVE CONFESSED TO THE CRIME?

      J-Man - 2012-04-19 16:02

      You are 'not guilty' of murder when it has been proven that you killed someone in 'self-defense'... you confessed to killing the person, but you are "not guilty" of *murder*, as you "had to do it"... They are basically going for the "self-defense" option.

      sandy.langenstrass - 2012-04-19 21:48

      I grantee you, had E.T....have murdered these boys(and confessed) but done it in self defense (the courts would have found a way to discredit him)..and he would have been found guilty.This whole system matter, if you white there is no justice..and criminals go free.

      sandy.langenstrass - 2012-04-20 07:18

      As I have posted... I did not approve of E.T.....and his political views so I'm not about defending him...I'm talking out about the unfairness we find in the SA courts today.

  • farmfreund - 2012-04-19 15:12

    If 2x1 = 5 then everything is possible

  • Bambanani - 2012-04-19 15:23


  • hheiriss - 2012-04-19 15:30

    I just hope that the truth finally comes out so tat this whole case can be laid to rest, and that justice can be served on those who deserve it!!

  • Liko - 2012-04-19 15:34

    let them free the dog is dead

      Inja - 2012-04-19 16:31


      Heidi - 2012-04-19 16:58

      Must whites then practise what some blacks are teaching us- steal, rape, torture and murder???

      marumobongani - 2012-04-19 17:21

      job well done boys now you must comeback home

  • Inja - 2012-04-19 16:31

    Let him rest in hell

  • acsteyn - 2012-04-19 16:46

    The most interesting judgement of the year. A lot of people will happy with the outcome as it happens whether it be in favour of the black or the white. Lets us not forget that a man was murdered in our country and colour has no place here, just embarrassment and bereavement and hope it does not happen again.

  • Wit - 2012-04-19 17:16

    Let the buggers rot in jail. If they walk they will die. You think those pumpkin farmers are going to let this one slip past. I think not.

  • marumobongani - 2012-04-19 17:18

    dont waste your tears people he is where he belongs in hell

      Heidi - 2012-04-19 19:02

      Hell is already too crowded with your black brothers.

  • marumobongani - 2012-04-19 17:24

    hey people out there am no racist just playing mind games and i enjoy seeing people reaction on my comments believe me i enjoy it

  • daniel.genseric - 2012-04-19 18:29

    Everybody says there is this RACE problem. Everybody says this RACE problem will be solved when the third world pours into EVERY white country and ONLY into white countries. The Netherlands and Belgium are just as crowded as Japan or Taiwan, but nobody says Japan or Taiwan will solve this RACE problem by bringing in millions of third worlders and quote assimilating unquote with them. Everybody says the final solution to this RACE problem is for EVERY white country and ONLY white countries to “assimilate,” i.e., intermarry, with all those non-whites. What if I said there was this RACE problem and this RACE problem would be solved only if hundreds of millions of non-blacks were brought into EVERY black country and ONLY into black countries? How long would it take anyone to realize I’m not talking about a RACE problem. I am talking about the final solution to the BLACK problem? And how long would it take any sane black man to notice this and what kind of psycho black man wouldn’t object to this? But if I tell that obvious truth about the ongoing program of genocide against my race, the white race, Liberals and respectable conservatives agree that I am a naziwhowantstokillsixmillionjews. They say they are anti-racist. What they are is anti-white. Anti-racist is a code word for anti-white.

  • Heidi - 2012-04-19 19:13

    Earlier on Thursday Mabuza, who worked for Malema on Sundays, was quoted as saying he had not been paid for February and March and was owed R1,200. "I just wish Julius pays me. I borrowed money from people for my transport. I also took a lot of things on credit," he told The Star newspaper. The gardener, who lives in Tembisa and works during the week for another employer, claims he spent R26 on transport every Sunday to work at Malema's house. Malema denied the claim of not paying wages. "He has failed to report for work for a long time and now he accuses me of owing him money. If I do, he must come and collect his money. I will wait for him," Malema told the daily newspaper. Mabuza said he had worked for Malema for more than four years. Conclusion: The gardener should've brutally tortured and killed Malema as this is the lame and sorry excuse of the accused in this trial.

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