The 15-year-old arrested for the murder of AWB leader Eugène Terre'- Blanche has been in trouble with the law before.
The teenager's uncle told Sowetan that his nephew was doing community service after he was arrested with his friends for a break-in at a biscuit factory two years ago.
The boy, who was brought up by his grandmother, stopped attending school at primary level.
The uncle described the teenager as a very quiet child. He started working for Terre'Blanche towards the end of last year.
"He was doing community service. Although he slept at Terre'Blanche's property he came back on Saturdays to clean the police station as instructed by the court," said the uncle who cannot be named to protect the minor's identity.
The boy told his stepfather Terre'Blanche owed him and his alleged accomplice three months' wages.
"The police brought him here very early in the morning and told us he has been arrested. He told me they had not been paid for three months and they wanted Terre'Blanche to pay them all their money as it was already the end of the month," the stepfather said.
He too cannot be named to protect the minor's identity.
"I was shocked when he said he was working for Terre'Blanche, but we could not do anything about it. However, I never saw the money he said he was allegedly earning," his uncle said.
The teenager and a 28-year-old man were arrested after Terre'Blanche's killing on his farm outside Ventersdorp. A knife and panga were used in the brutal murder.
"He is still a child. His future has been messed up by this arrest, I do not know what to do or say anymore," the stepfather said.
The two will appear in the Ventersdorp court today.