Attempted rape of farm worker 'led to Terreblanche murder'
Monday 12 April 2010
South African police are investigating whether there was a link between homosexual sex and the murder of white supremacist Eugene Terreblanche, police said yesterday.
The lawyer for one of the two black farm workers charged with the killing that heightened racial tensions was quoted as saying that Mr Terreblanche was killed after trying to have sex with at least one of the defendants.
A police spokesman confirmed that was among possibilities being investigated. Police had earlier said a pay dispute had led to the killing of Mr Terreblanche, on the political margins since his efforts to preserve apartheid in the1990s.
"We are not going to focus on one thing," said Musa Zondi of the Hawks investigative unit, adding that a sexual link was among the many accusations being made.
"We will investigate all pertinent facts that have a bearing on the matter," he said.
General Jan Mabula, head of the Hawks in the North West Province, told City Press newspaper the suspects' clothes were to be examined as part of checks into whether there was a sexual link. Mr Zondi did not comment on that.
Terreblanche was hacked and battered to death on 3April and found with his trousers pulled down after a murder that has showed up the racial strains in the "Rainbow Nation".
"My instructions from my client are that there was some sodomy going on and it sparked the murder of Mr Terreblanche," Puna Moroko, attorney for 28-year-old Chris Mahlangu, told the Sunday Times newspaper. The other accused is 15.
Mr Terreblanche's Afrikaner Resistance Movement (AWB) has rejected any suggestion of a homosexual link to the murder of its leader, who was one of the most vocal proponents of keeping South Africa's races apart.
Mr Terreblanche was a prominent figure during the dying years of white minority rule with his khaki-clad paramilitary followers wearing armbands with the party symbol that resembles the Nazi swastika.
But he had since lived in relative obscurity, particularly since his release in 2004 after serving a prison sentence for beating a black man nearly to death.
Thousands of angry followers of Mr Terreblanche brandished apartheid-era flags and sang the old South African anthem at his funeral on Friday in his home town of Ventersdorp, 100km (60 miles) west of Johannesburg.
Although political analysts do not expect major unrest, the killing showed up the racial strains in South Africa 16 years after apartheid ended.
- 1 Saudi Arabia mosque bombing: Two volunteer security guards hailed as heroes for stopping Isis suicide bomber reaching worshippers
- 2 Maisie Williams has an excellent message for one confused fan
- 3 There is something wrong but very right about this Bible illustration
- 4 Puerto Rico, island of lost dreams: People are leaving the debt-hit territory in droves as near neighbour Cuba's star rises
- 5 Tampon tax scrapped in Canada after petition convinces conservative government
Saudi Arabia mosque bombing: Two volunteer security guards hailed as heroes for stopping Isis suicide bomber reaching worshippers
Maisie Williams has an excellent message for one confused fan
Archaeologists discover 2,400-year-old gold bongs in Russia
Tampon tax scrapped in Canada after petition convinces conservative government
Migrants in Kos: Photos show real tragedy after British tourists complain of 'awkward' holidays
EU referendum: David Cameron's rules are a 'democratic disgrace', says French-born Scottish politician set to be denied a vote
British tourists complain that impoverished boat migrants are making holidays 'awkward' in Kos
A nation of inequality: How the UK is failing to feed its most vulnerable people
Australian man punched in the face for defending Muslim women from abuse on train
EU referendum: David Cameron to deny EU migrants and under-18s the chance to vote
David Starkey 'tells Amal Clooney to shut up and stop over-promoting human rights'
£16500 - £18500 per annum: Recruitment Genius: One of the leading Mercedes-Ben...
£27500 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity...
£19500 - £23500 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Experienced B2B Telemarketer wa...
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: This global company are looking for two Showro...