Flatmate 'saw journalist having sex with neo-Nazi'

THE FORMER flatmate of Jani Allan, a South African journalist, told the High Court yesterday how she looked through a keyhole and saw her apparently having sexual intercourse with the neo-Nazi leader Eugene Terre- Blanche, watched by his bodyguards.

Linda Shaw, 37, said she recognised the feet as Miss Allan's, and what she saw of the man's naked buttocks appeared to resemble Mr Terre-Blanche.

She said she had discussed sex and Mr Terre-Blanche with Miss Allan. 'She said he was a great lay but a little heavy,' Miss Shaw added. Miss Allan, 40, who now lives at Hampton Court, Surrey, is suing Channel 4 Television over the film The Leader, His Driver and the Driver's Wife, which she claims portrayed her as a 'lady of easy virtue' who slept with Mr Terre-Blanche.

Channel 4 says it never suggested an affair, but argues that such an allegation, although never made, would be justified because Miss Allan did have an affair with Mr Terre-Blanche, who is married with a daughter.

Miss Shaw, said she first met Miss Allan in 1981. Miss Allan had confided in her about her crumbling marriage, which ended after two years in 1984. While Miss Allan was still living with her husband, the two women used to go out to restaurants and bars and often came home late, sometimes not until 4am.

She said Miss Allan had made it fairly clear to her that she would not be happy to live under a black government in South Africa and would sometimes call black people kaffirs.

Miss Shaw told the court of accompanying Miss Allan to a rally of the neo-Nazi AWB party, when Mr Terre-Blanche had appeared to be addressing the whole meeting to Miss Allan, who was sitting in the front row.

One night she had woken at 3am to find a large man in khaki in their flat. He said that he had been sent up by Miss Allan to have sexual intercourse with her because she liked sex very much. She screamed, and got rid of the man. Later she heard stamping of feet passing her bedroom, followed by an 'incredible noise' which sounded as if all the electrical appliances in Miss Allen's room had been turned on. Miss Shaw said: 'I was absolutely petrified. I thought they were maybe hurting Jani and using the noise to cover up the sound of her screams. I crept along and tried calling her name. There was no response. I tried knocking. There was no response. I turned the handle and it was locked. So I looked through the keyhole.' She could see Miss Allan's naked feet flat on the floor with her knees up and apart. She could recognise the feet because her flatmate was neurotic about them and was always asking for reassurance that they were not ugly.

George Carman QC, for Channel 4, asked her: 'You said you saw a bottom. What colour?'

Miss Shaw replied: 'White. It was a large bottom on top of Jani, rising up and down. I assumed they were having sex.'

She said she had never seen Mr Terre-Blanche naked, but from what she had seen of him clothed she thought the bottom she saw was the right size and shape. She had seen the toes of boots on either side, which she took to be those of bodyguards.

When she spoke to her flatmate the following day, Miss Allan had said: 'Sweetie, you've had a nightmare.'

About this time, Miss Shaw said, 'Jani thought she would be the new first lady of South Africa when Terre-Blanche took over as president or whatever. She was buying clothes she thought would be appropriate to that. Very classical Italian clothes.'

On Miss Allan's birthday in September 1988, the two women had talked for hours and drank 'copious' amounts of alcohol. At midnight, after receiving a phone call, Miss Allan drove them in her red Lancia to Krugersdorp where the met Mr Terre-Blanche, who was also very drunk.

After half an hour embracing and cuddling Mr Terre-Blanche, Miss Allan drove them all back to Johannesburg. When they arrived at about 4am, Miss Allan fell over and could not get up again, the court was told.

Miss Shaw said that in November 1988, Miss Allan had told her the AWB planned to kill both women because they knew about the affair with Mr Terre- Blanche, and it could be damaging to the movement.

She decided to leave the country when some dead white roses were sent to Miss Allan's flat.

Miss Shaw said she was in Hong Kong visiting her family when she saw a television news item about the incident at the Paardekraal monument in December 1988, when Miss Allan was found with Mr Terre- Blanche. When she returned to South Africa in mid-January 1989, Miss Allan would not open the door to her or return her telephone messages.

The case continues today.

(Photograph omitted)

Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
ebooks
ebooksAn introduction to the ground rules of British democracy
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
SPONSORED FEATURES
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Recruitment Genius: Account Manager / Media Sales - OTE up to £30,000

£20000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This award-winning company, whi...

Recruitment Genius: Senior Software Developer

£40000 - £50000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is a unique & exciting opp...

Recruitment Genius: UX Consultant

£35000 - £45000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: You will be working with a 8 st...

Recruitment Genius: Part-time Editor

£8000 - £12000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A unique opportunity has arisen ...

Day In a Page

Orthorexia nervosa: How becoming obsessed with healthy eating can lead to malnutrition

Orthorexia nervosa

How becoming obsessed with healthy eating can lead to malnutrition
Lady Chatterley is not obscene, says TV director

Lady Chatterley’s Lover

Director Jed Mercurio on why DH Lawrence's novel 'is not an obscene story'
Farmers in tropical forests are training ants to kill off bigger pests

Set a pest to catch a pest

Farmers in tropical forests are training ants to kill off bigger pests
Mexico: A culture that celebrates darkness as an essential part of life

The dark side of Mexico

A culture that celebrates darkness as an essential part of life
Being sexually assaulted was not your fault, Chrissie Hynde. Don't tell other victims it was theirs

Being sexually assaulted was not your fault, Chrissie Hynde

Please don't tell other victims it was theirs
A nap a day could save your life - and here's why

A nap a day could save your life

A midday nap is 'associated with reduced blood pressure'
If men are so obsessed by sex, why do they clam up when confronted with the grisly realities?

If men are so obsessed by sex...

...why do they clam up when confronted with the grisly realities?
The comedy titans of Avalon on their attempt to save BBC3

Jon Thoday and Richard Allen-Turner

The comedy titans of Avalon on their attempt to save BBC3
The bathing machine is back... but with a difference

Rolling in the deep

The bathing machine is back but with a difference
Part-privatised tests, new age limits, driverless cars: Tories plot motoring revolution

Conservatives plot a motoring revolution

Draft report reveals biggest reform to regulations since driving test introduced in 1935
The Silk Roads that trace civilisation: Long before the West rose to power, Asian pathways were connecting peoples and places

The Silk Roads that trace civilisation

Long before the West rose to power, Asian pathways were connecting peoples and places
House of Lords: Outcry as donors, fixers and MPs caught up in expenses scandal are ennobled

The honours that shame Britain

Outcry as donors, fixers and MPs caught up in expenses scandal are ennobled
When it comes to street harassment, we need to talk about race

'When it comes to street harassment, we need to talk about race'

Why are black men living the stereotypes and why are we letting them get away with it?
International Tap Festival: Forget Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers - this dancing is improvised, spontaneous and rhythmic

International Tap Festival comes to the UK

Forget Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers - this dancing is improvised, spontaneous and rhythmic
War with Isis: Is Turkey's buffer zone in Syria a matter of self-defence – or just anti-Kurd?

Turkey's buffer zone in Syria: self-defence – or just anti-Kurd?

Ankara accused of exacerbating racial division by allowing Turkmen minority to cross the border