More details emerge on a possible "gay sex" link to the murder of Eugène Terre’Blanche, the notorious South African white supremacist who was beaten and hacked to death at his remote farm on April 3. Two black farm workers are charged with the killing originally thought to have been motivated by a pay dispute. Over the weekend, South African and Zimbabwean media reported the suspects claimed the leader of the far right Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging (AWB) tried to sodomize them.
"Max du Preez who founded the Vrye Weekblad newspaper in the 1980s said claims of Terreblanche’s secret homosexual liaisons had not come as a surprise to him. 'It's not a complete secret that Eugene had some of these tendencies,' said Max du Preez, In the 1980s, his weekly newspaper published the story of an AWB bodyguard who claimed to have woken up after a night of heavy partying to find Terreblanche on top of him, trying to molest him. The bodyguard laid a complaint within the AWB and was promptly kicked out of the organisation. The bodyguard went to the Vrye Weekblad -- the only newspaper that would run the story. \'No other newspaper touched it because they reckoned it was defamatory. But we thought it was true,' Du Preez told The Star on Sunday. After the story was published, there was no reaction from Terreblanche or the AWB. 'Eugene didn't say a word,' said Du Preez."
Terre'Blanche was also accused of sexually abusing a teenage boy, who was a member of the AWB. He denied this and claimed to be mentoring the teen.
The 28- and 15-year-old suspects are accused of crushing Terre’Blanche’s skull with an iron bar, chopping him with a machete and pulling down his pants. Defense attorneys say Terre'Blanche tried to sodomize one or both men. Eyewitnesses also report seeing the AWB leader—reportedly estranged from his wife—buying liquor with the two workers before taking them back to the farm where he was later bludgeoned to death.
Terre'Blanche, who was jailed for three years for assaulting a black petrol station worker and the attempted murder of a black security guard in 1996, was a prominent figure during the years of the white minority apartheid regime. Almost 16 years after the end of apartheid, the murder has heightened race tensions in South Africa.