SOUTH African police are investigating the possibility that the murder of the white supremacist leader Eugene Terreblanche came after he attempted to rape the men accused of killing him.
Lieutenant-General Jan Mabula said that criminal investigators were examining claims that Mr Terreblanche had attempted to sodomise one or both of the two workers charged with bludgeoning him to death.
“Yes, we are looking at this. We are looking at everything that is being alleged. We have also confiscated the clothing of the two accused,” he said.
The line of inquiry follows a report that the two black farm labourers charged with the murder will argue in their defence that they were protecting themselves from the homosexual advances of Mr Terreblanche, leader of the far-right paramilitary Afrikaner Resistance Movement (AWB).
“My instructions from my client are that there was some sodomy going on and it sparked the murder of Mr Terreblanche,” one of the workers’ lawyers, Puna Moroko, told the South African ‘Sunday Times’ newspaper. “This is going to form part of our defence during trial,” the lawyer said.
Police denied allegations that a condom was found on the scene. “One hundred per cent no, no, no,” Captain Adele Myburgh, the provincial police spokesman, told reporters.
The two suspects, Chris Mahlangu (27) and a 15-year-old, were facing, among others, a charge of crimen injuria — unlawfully, intentionally and seriously impairing the dignity of another — for pulling down Mr Terreblanche’s pants and exposing his private parts after they had crushed his skull with an iron bar and chopped him with a machete.
The Afrikaans-language ‘Rapport’ newspaper reported that Mr Terreblanche was a cruel man who had mistreated white and black workers. Steyn van Ronge, the new AWB leader, has said the allegations are an attempt to smear the former leader.