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South African Court Finds Laborer Guilty of Terre’Blanche Murder

May 22, 2012

A South African court found laborer Chris Mahlangu guilty of the murder of white supremacist leader Eugene Terre’Blanche.

High Court Judge John Horn made the ruling today at a hearing in the central town of Ventersdorp which was broadcast on the Johannesburg-based eNews Channel. He acquitted co-accused Patrick Ndlovu of the killing, while convicting him of house- breaking with intent to steal.

Mahlangu and Patrick Ndlovu were charged with bludgeoning Terre’Blanche to death on his farm in Ventersdorp two years ago. Mahlangu said he acted in self-defense, while Ndlovu denied involvement in the attack.

Terre’Blanche led the Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging, or AWB, a white nationalist group that opposed all-race elections in 1994 when power was transferred to the African National Congress.

Known for his oratory skills, Terre’Blanche rallied supporters of his movement by appearing at gatherings on a horse, flanked by youths known as the “ystergaard,” or iron guard, dressed in khaki, military style uniforms. The AWB’s symbol is three black interlocked 7s and an eagle.

Terre’Blanche was imprisoned in 2000 for an assault on a black gas station attendant and then again the next year for beating a security guard so badly that he is now permanently disabled. He was released on parole three years later.

To contact the reporter on this story: Mike Cohen in Cape Town at mcohen21@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew J. Barden at barden@bloomberg.net.


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