Correctional Services said that “matters are under control” at Johannesburg’s Sun City Prison on Wed.
THE teenager accused of killing rightwing leader Eugène Terre'Blanche has pleaded through his lawyer that his family should not be harmed.
The 15-year-old youth, who cannot be named because of his age, appeared with his co-accused, Chris Mahlangu, 27, in the Ventersdorp magistrate's court, North West, yesterday.
Amid tension between black and white supporters gathered for the court case, the teenager's lawyer Zola Majavu said the 15-year-old suspect had said: "People, please do not hurt my family, especially my mother."
Majavu, who met the teenager for the first time yesterday, said that his client was mentally exhausted.
"He is in bad shape," he said. "When I met him I had to buy him a Red Bull. He is also overwhelmed and in shock."
Majavu said the boy's mother had stayed behind in court after the proceedings because she feared for her life.
He said arrangements were being made to protect her from any possible attack.
Majavu said that he had taken up the case pro bono and would meet the youth tomorrow.
He rubbished claims that the boy had confessed to killing Terre'Blanche, who was bludgeoned to death on his farm on Saturday night.
"He has not confessed, he will not confess and we are not aware of any confession," the lawyer said.
The teenager and his co-accused are charged with murder, attempted robbery, crimen injuria and theft.
The pair allegedly broke into Terre'Blanche's home on the farm, robbed and killed him.
Before they left the crime scene they also allegedly stole a cellphone.
State prosecutor advocate George Baloyi said the court had adjourned and its second session was held to comply with the new Child Act - and for the teenager's birth certificate to be handed to the court.
Under the act, a child under 18 should be tried in camera and assigned a social worker.
Baloyi said the two accused would have a joint trial which would be held in camera because of the age of the younger accused.
Explaining the charge of crimen injuria, Baloyi said: "After they assaulted the deceased, they pulled down his pants and exposed his private parts."
National Director of Public Prosecutions Menzi Simelane said the two suspects had not pleaded during their first appearance.
"We will look at whether the trial will be moved to a high court but also take into consideration that the people of Ventersdorp would like to see justice done in their area."