ET Trial: Convict's history questioned

Protesters outside the Ventersdorp court. Picture: Rahima Essop/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Prosecutors are questioning 18-year-old Patrick Ndlovu's criminal record on Tuesday during the Eugene Terre’Blanche murder trial in the Ventersdorp Magistrates Court.

Ndlovu was convicted of breaking into Terre'Blanche's farmhouse in Ventersdorp. 

Chris Mahlangu (30) was found guilty of murdering Terre’Blanche.

The AWB leader was beaten to death in April 2010.

The prosecution called Correctional Services employee William Mokotedi to testify in aggravation of sentence.

Mokotedi shed light on Ndlovu's previous conviction.

Ndlovu was sentenced to 12-months correctional supervision in February 2010 for housebreaking.

Mokotedi said the teenager was supposed to have been registered on the 3 March 2010, but he never arrived. 

He was not at home when officials searched for him. 

Despite all of this, a probation officer's report submitted to the court on Monday recommended that Ndlovu be placed under correctional supervision for his current crime. 

The report said this would be to avoid the teen from exposed to hardened criminals in prison.

Ndlovu spent the past two years in a youth care centre where he underwent rehabilitation programs.

(Edited by Zethu Zulu)