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I'm ok in jail - ET boy

By Katlego Moeng and Luzuko Pongoma | Apr 15, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

THE minor accused of killing AWB leader Eugène Terre'Blanche has abandoned his bail application because staying in a place of safety is in his best interest.

"He has told me he was very happy for the first time in his life. He is sleeping comfortably on a bed and for the first time, again, he is receiving three meals a day," lawyer Zola Majavu said outside the Ventersdorp magistrate's court yesterday.

Majavu said he had consulted the boy's family and they had agreed that he be kept where he was.

Chris Mahlangu, who has been charged with the boy, has had his case postponed to next month to allow the prosecution to ascertain his personal details. It has emerged that Mahlangu does not have an ID book.

Defence lawyer Puna Moroko said he was not entertaining allegations that his client was sodomised by Terre'Blanche.

His age is also in dispute. The National Prosecuting Authority has said he was 27, while Moroko has said his client was 28 years old.

Police spokesperson Colonel Lesego Metsi said they would use the absence of an ID book as grounds to oppose bail.

Moroko postponed the bail application after his client's uncle, Isaiah Ngobene, wrote an affidavit that disputed Mahlangu's residential address.

"The affidavit says that Ngobene has not seen Mahlangu since last April but when I called him he disputed the contents in the document," Moroko said.

He said his client told him that when they went to verify the address the police left him in the car and went to the uncle alone. He said that Mahlangu would not plead guilty since he acted in self-defence.

"It was a wage dispute and he acted in self-defence. Terre'Blanche had throttled him about two months ago. Terre'Blanche did not pay Mahlangu the R600 due to him and accused him of stealing livestock," Moroko said.

Mahlangu and the 15-year-old boy are facing murder, housebreaking, aggravated robbery and crimen injuria charges for allegedly hacking Terre'Blanche to death and pulling down his pants before trying to steal his Opel Corsa bakkie and making off with his cellphone.


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