Reporter told Terre'Blanche's wife

2012-01-30 22:30

Ventersdorp - Slain rightwing leader Eugene Terre'Blanche's wife heard from a radio station that her husband was dead, the High Court sitting in Ventersdorp heard on Monday.

Martie Terre'Blanche testified that her sister phoned to tell her that her husband's horse was running up and down its fenced area the day of his death.

Her sister lives next door to the farm outside Ventersdorp, in North West, where Terre'Blanche was killed April 3 2010.

Struggling to hold back her tears, Martie told the court she called her husband numerous times before phoning his sister to ask her to check on him.

Just before 18:30, the local radio station, Radio Overvaal, phoned her to find out if her husband was dead.

"I did not believe it and said I would find out," she told the court.

No notable strain

The suspected killers had apparently alerted Ventersdorp police that Terre’Blanche was dead.

Farmworkers Chris Mahlangu and a minor are accused of beating the Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging leader to death. He was 69.

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.

Terre'Blanche's widow said on Monday that there had been no notable strain between her husband and the workers accused of killing him.

"My husband always said he [Mahlangu] worked well," she testified.

She said Mahlangu knocked on her kitchen window between 10:00 and 11:00 on the day of the murder, and asked for a loan.

‘Accused was drunk’

She said she would have to ask her husband before giving him money, as the workers would receive their salaries only after the Easter long weekend.

She said Mahlangu was drunk when he arrived at her house.

"He wasn’t sober."

Mahlangu told her Terre'Blanche was in Pretoria, but her husband had told her the night before that he was going to the farm.

When she phoned him, he told her not give Mahlangu money as he was almost at their home in Ventersdorp.

On his arrival, he and Mahlangu went to a nearby bottle store where Terre'Blanche bought alcoholic drinks to the value of about R200.

Martie told the court that when her husband got home, he was in a hurry to get back to the farm and told her he would be back that evening.

The trial continues on Tuesday.

  • Melody - 2012-01-31 07:28

    What a dumb blonde you are!!!! You're a disgrace! Wonder if you belong to that post??? Now everyone has seen your photo - STAY AWAY FROM ME I'M SICK

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-01-31 08:23

      Relax. It is a photo of a girls from one of the eastern block countries that was copy and paste by some-one to use to p@ss you all off. If not, the filtering system of News 24 for intentional spam is not up to standard for protecting public commentary sites....or they may think this can get them more clicks and commentary. Which ever way it proofs that N24's requirement, to register by F,B has got nothing to do with fair commentary or security, but only to gather your info. News 24, I believe it is time that you start explaining these happenings to us.

      JuditVictor - 2012-01-31 12:54

      strange reporting. Little innuendos by the "journalist. So you couldn't just write: "He went to the bottle store where he spent R200.00? what are alcoholic drinks? What the hell else do you buy at a bottle store. People just want to see something sinister when really, a killer simpy did what came natural to him. Like it does to so many farmers and other citizens. His attorneys will play this innuendo nonsense too. The country needs to be rid of common killers. See it for what it is.The press seem to think everyone thinks the way they do when really we do our own thinking.

  • Julie - 2012-01-31 07:58 stupid can one be; oh, another blonde!

  • Tulani - 2012-01-31 08:32

    everyone she's blond........stupid Eva # not dat all blond are stupid but clearly eva u r #

  • Napolita - 2012-01-31 08:34

    Not so sure it's fair to say it's a price to pay for being famous/known. Eugene Terre'Blanche's wife heard of her husband's death from radio. Peter Mokaba's children heard of his death from radio/sabc. This is really sad. I guess that's what we get with instant communications that we seemingly so pride ourselves of.

  • Sandy - 2012-01-31 10:24

    Shame its so sad to think when a person is murdered and they cant testify , now its between the accused who no doubt are doing everything in there power to plead not guilty, {ofcorse you will}, feel so sorry for Mrs Terre'Blanche and the family I certainly hope the judge can see through these murderers.

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