Chris Mahlangu has been found guilty of murder in the slaying of Eugène Terre’Blanche, the notorious South African white supremacist hacked to death at his remote farm in April 2010. Mahlangu and a teen co-defendant were employed by Terre’Blanche and claimed they were sexually abused.
"Sodomy is such a personal intrusion, I can't believe [Mahlangu] would not have raised it immediately," Judge John Horn said. He called sodomy an attack on a person's dignity and said it was demeaning. "It is the equivalent to rape." [...]
Horn also rubbished Mahlangu's claim that he acted in self-defence. He said there was no evidence Terre'Blanche was killed due to his political views. The dispute was over wages.
Eighteen-year-old co-defendant Patrick Ndlovu was convicted of theft.
Defense attorneys previously said their clients claimed Terre'blance tried to sodomize them. The late white supremacist has been accused several times of forcing himself on younger men, most recently a teenage member of the AWB. Tere'blanche denied this.
Prosecutors revealed that Terre'Blanche regularly withheld wages from farm employees. "Sometimes he would buy them beer and groceries and deduct it from their salaries," a prosecutor explained. Eyewitnesses reported seeing Terre'Blanche buying liquor with the two workers before taking them back to the farm where he was later bludgeoned to death.
Terre'Blanche lead the far right Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging and was a prominent figure during the years of the white minority apartheid regime. He was released from prison in 2004 after serving a sentence for the attempted murder of a black man.