Terre'Blanche's widow tells of her shock

2012-01-31 08:53

Ventersdorp - The Eugene Terre'Blanche murder trial is set to continue in Ventersdorp on Tuesday, after his widow Martie took the stand on Monday.

An emotional Martie Terre'Blanche testified about the tremendous shock she suffered when she heard about the AWB leader's death.

She was informed of the murder on April 3 2010 when Radio Overvaal contacted her. She had tried in vain to reach her husband, phoning him nine times, she testified in the circuit court.

Chris Mahlangu, 29, and a 16-year-old youth are accused of his murder. Both had worked for Terre'Blanche. They claim they murdered him during an argument about wages.

Terre'Blanche testified she was not aware of any arguments about wages, relationship problems or that the workers feared her husband. “Eugene always said Chris worked well.”

Mahlangu earned R650 per month and the youth earned R50 a week. Terre'Blanche testified that the workers regularly came to borrow money from her but that her husband had to give permission first.


When pay day fell on a weekend, he always paid them the next week. “Otherwise they drank up all the money over the weekend and then wanted to borrow money again on Monday.”

Mahlangu was apparently drunk when he wanted to borrow money from her again on the Saturday morning - the day of the murder. The AWB leader would not lend him the money. “He had given Chris a bag of food on Thursday and said the workers knew they would only be paid after the [Easter] weekend.”

Terre’Blanche later went to pick up Mahlangu at his house in town, where he also worked as a gardener and had a room. He later called Martie and said Mahlangu wanted to buy liquor worth R200, and she was to pay for it the following week.

The AWB leader told his wife not to “mind a drunk person” after Mahlangu apparently told her on the day of the murder that Terre’Blanche was on his way to Pretoria.

“He [Mahlangu] ate at our house twice a day and sometimes also at night,” testified Terre’Blanche. “I gave him cigarettes or money for them. He said he didn’t want to smoke [cheaper] Boxer tobacco because he wasn’t a convict.”

  • Stan - 2012-01-31 09:06

    Alcohol. Semen. A dead old man.

  • Boris - 2012-01-31 09:13

    define irony : "He said he didn’t want to smoke [cheaper] Boxer tobacco because he wasn’t a convict.”

      Jannah - 2012-01-31 09:20

      Ha ha ha ... he will be soon!

  • Jayne - 2012-01-31 09:20

    Another "brilliant and eloquent" report from News 24???????

  • Napolita - 2012-01-31 09:21

    Whoaa...."Mahlangu earned R650 per month and the youth earned R50 a week."!!! Lord, I pay my gardener R90 a day (he comes once in two weeks), which is usually less than an hour of work. He removes the leaves and water the small area of grass. Just what were these guys doing to earn (or be paid) these amounts!?!?!

      Jou - 2012-01-31 09:32

      Have to say that even my temporary horticultural specialist earns more than that and he eats like a king at my place.

      Louis - 2012-01-31 09:37

      My gardner and Housekeeper gets R100 p/day. I also give them groceries. NEVER was anything stolen and NEVER did they feel the need to borrow money.

      procold2 - 2012-01-31 09:49

      isnt there a min wage, my domestic 1800 and lives in, with a meal at night, my gardener 1100 for 1.5 days a week

      Deon - 2012-01-31 10:26

      They were not forced at gun point to work for this. If you unhappy about your pay, speak to a lawyer or leave your job. It also sounds as if this Chris had a room at his home in town.

  • lindadt - 2012-01-31 09:21

    Paying the workers R650 a month! Goodness. No wonder there is such poverty in the country.

      Boris - 2012-01-31 09:47

      @flowing rivers, so by that argument if you sre not happy with your salary you resort to murder or mayhem? a bit uncivilized wouldnt you say?

      Susan - 2012-01-31 09:48

      sounds like it were not full time jobs - the one guy worked as a gardener as well for somebody else, according to the article. That may explain the wage. I cannot imagine any person would work full time for that wage.

      schalk.mattheys - 2012-01-31 12:11

      Ja, not to mention 48% unemployment...

      schalk.mattheys - 2012-01-31 12:17

      Apparently I was being optimistic, its 59% unemployment rate if Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has his facts right...

  • nkosiab - 2012-01-31 09:38

    That Pay is Shocking Indeed!!!

  • Sean - 2012-01-31 09:45

    Guys a man was murdered! Does it matter what the motive was? Those two took a life. No-matter how evil someone is, Terre’Blanche believed in what he believed in.

  • Madeleine - 2012-01-31 09:48

    R650 per month - this does not mean he was working a full day every day. Please read properly - he was also working as a garderner elsewhere. Nowhere does it state exactly how many days/hours he was working for this pay. And he did receive food/cigarettes/alcohol/transport as well. Don't make assumptions.

      paulmandlankosi - 2012-01-31 10:15

      Why alcohol if I may ask?

  • Shirley - 2012-01-31 09:49

    Very poor pay! This however is still not a reason to kill. They were free to leave at any time and were not forced to work there. My point is that the shocking wages is still not a reason to murder someone.

  • Santapola - 2012-01-31 11:10

    Hehehehe..there is something fishy here..anyway did they say the younger one earned R50 rand a week and i mean for seven days....i am not suprised that there were a murder at the end

  • Makatikamusona - 2012-01-31 13:25

    "...He had given Chris a bag of food on Thursday..." I reckon Rotten Dog food is still good for a black man according to the Terre’Blanche's, SICK

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