Belfast Telegraph

Monday 28 July 2014

Terreblanche farm killer gets life

Protesters demonstrate outside the court in Ventersdorp, South Africa, at the sentencing of the killer of Eugene TerreBlanche (AP)
A black farmworker has been jailed for life for murdering South African white supremacist Eugene Terreblanche

A black farmworker has been jailed for life for murdering South African white supremacist leader Eugene Terreblanche.

About 100 protesters sang anti-white songs outside the court in the city of Ventersdorp, supporting 30-year-old Chris Mahlangu, who pleaded guilty but argued that he acted in self-defence in what the judge found was a violent dispute over wages. They were opposed by 20 white protesters who carried the doll of a black man with a rope around his neck and a sign that said: "Hang Mahlangu."

Mahlangu was found guilty for beating Terreblanche, 69, to death with an iron bar in April 2010. Mahlangu said he feels he did no wrong by ridding the world of a man some called a monster.

The judge had rejected a defence argument that Mahlangu had been sodomised by Mr Terreblanche.

A second man, Patrick Ndlovu, who was a teenager at the time of the killing two years ago, was sentenced to a two-year prison sentence which means he goes free. Ndlovu was acquitted of murder but found guilty of breaking and entering with intent to steal.

Terreblanche co-founded the Afrikaner Resistance Movement, known by its Afrikaans initials as the AWB, to seek an all-white republic within South Africa.

In 1997 Terreblanche was sentenced to six years in prison for the attempted murder of a black security guard and assaulting a black service station worker. Terreblanche's influence in the white supremacist movement had waned by the time he died.

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