VENTERSDORP - Two farm employees accused of killing Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging (AWB) leader Eugene Terre’Blanche will know their fate on Tuesday, as judgment in their trial is handed down in the Ventersdorp Magistrate’s Court.
The men are accused of bludgeoning the AWB leader to death at his North West farm two years ago.
One of the men was a minor at the time, but turned 18 last month.
AWB leaders have rallied the troops asking members of the far right, separatist, political and former paramilitary organisation to attend proceedings on Tuesday to show support for the Terre’Blanche family.
“Obviously we hope that both accused will be found guilty of murder,” said the family's lawyer Gerrie Basson.
The state believed it has proven its case against the two accused beyond a reasonable doubt.
The teenager's attorney, Zola Majavu, is cautiously optimistic, “I don’t want to be arrogant or overambitious, but one remains hopeful that things will go our way.”
During the trial, he argued that police failed to follow procedure when questioning the teenager.
The investigating officer, Lieutenant Colonel Tsietsi Mano, had testified that Terre’Blanche had been hacked with a panga and beaten with an iron rod 28 times.
Terre’Blanche was attacked in his sleep and was also nearly dismembered.
Both Chris Mahlangu and the accused teenager pleaded not guilty to murder, housebreaking and robbery with aggravating circumstances.
According to the The Telegraph, a British-based news provider, an acquittal on Tuesday of the younger accused would ‘cause havoc’, as followers believed the acquittal “would prove a turning point for a growing number of Afrikaners who are fed up with the country's black leadership.”
The Telegraph claimed AWB followers threatened “protest marches through the main cities and unspecified, violent action to get their point across.”
(Edited by Clare Matthes)