Media secures access to ET trial

Media houses were granted access to the trial of Eugene Terre’Blanche’s alleged killers, the Ventersdorp Circuit Court in North West ruled today.

The court allowed 14 journalists to attend proceedings. Each of them would have to supply their name to the Registrar of the High Court.

The registrar would allocate seats to journalists in a room where they could watch the testimony of the 15-year-old accused on closed-circuit TV.

Another four seats would be made available to members of the Terre’Blanche family in the same room.

A further 16 seats were allocated to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. The remaining seats would be allocated to court officials and the police.

Judge Joseph Raulinga stressed that if it became apparent that the media’s presence was impeding the child’s rights to privacy and a fair trial, and that the court retained the right to direct them to leave.

The Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging (AWB), media and public were prohibited from publishing the name of the teenager.

The trial of Chris Mahlangu and the teenager was postponed to May next year as Raulinga was not available for the original December 6 date.

The trial was set down for two weeks between May 3 and 13.

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