Sunday, April 11, 2010

Terreblanche case will hinge on quality of police work

SHOOT: Was there a condom or not? The official police position is that there wasn't. Interestingly the original reason given by the perpetrators was that ET owed them money. If this was not the real reason, that they had agreed to go there for some homosexual hanky panky, well, how would that sound? Personally it looks to me like his killers are culpable. Not only did they murder him together, and in a manner in excess of someone merely trying to escape, but they also robbed him. Their best defence as far as I'm concerned is that they killed while under the influence. Again, repeated blows to the face rather than one or two accidental blows is difficult to defend.
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MY HERO: Piet Dlamini shakes hands with his idol, Eugene Terre Blanche, in Vryheid in 2008, above. Below are the pictures in Dlamini's room, including one of Terre Blanche with his wife, Martie Picture: ROGAN WARD

"My instructions from my client are that there was some sodomy going on and it sparked the murder of Mr Terre Blanche. This is going to form part of our defence during trial," said Puna Moroko, attorney for 28-year-old Chris Mahlangu.

Moroko said his client's defence would be that the attack on Terre Blanche was triggered by sodomy. Earlier reports suggested a wage dispute may have lead to the gruesome killing.

"It is in the court record that Mr Terre Blanche bought my client 18 Savannas (cider) and the other accused, who is still a minor, 13 Savannas before driving them to his farm. Mr Terre Blanche bought himself a bottle of Smirnoff (vodka) at the same liquor store."

He said the state's version is that the two had gone to Terre Blanche's home in Röth Street to "borrow money".

When asked about earlier reports of a used condom being found at the scene, Myburgh said: "I can say with 100% certainty that no condom, used or otherwise, was found."

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