South African gets life for killing White supremacistBy Emoke Bebiak Associated Press | Last updated: Sep 20, 2012 - 12:24:07 PM
About 100 protesters sang anti-White songs outside the courtroom in the city just West of Johannesburg to support 30-year-old Chris Mahlangu, who had pleaded guilty but argued that he acted in self-defense in what the judge found was a violent dispute over wages. They were opposed by 20 White protesters who carried the dummy of a Black man with a rope around his neck and a sign that said: “Hang Mahlangu.” As Mr. Mahlangu was leaving the court, the protesters tied the effigy to a pick-up truck and drove around the Black crowd.
Mr. Mahlangu was found guilty for beating Mr. Terreblanche, 69, to death with an iron in April 2010. Mr. Mahlangu said he feels he did no wrong by ridding the world of a man some called a monster.
The judge had rejected a defense argument that Mr. Mahlangu had been sodomized by Mr. Terreblanche and acted in self-defense. Mr. Mahlangu also claimed that Mr. Terreblanche infected him with HIV.
Zola Majavu, Mr. Mahlangu’s lawyer, said in August that they were planning to appeal both the court’s findings and the sentence.
Mr. Mahlangu said Aug. 22 he had converted to Islam while in prison.
A second man, Patrick Ndlovu, who was a teenager at the time of the killing two years ago, was sentenced to a two-year prison sentence which means he goes free. Mr. Ndlovu was acquitted of murder but found guilty of breaking and entering with intent to steal. Initially, he was not named because of his age. He turned 18 during the trial.
After the sentencing, the Young Communist League of South Africa released a statement calling the judgment racially biased.
“Eugene Terreblanche was a White supremacist who made no qualms about his lack of love and respect for the Black Africans and still believed in White supremacy and Black oppression. How is it that the issue of self-defense is not taken serious?” said the statement.
Mr. Terreblanche co-founded the Afrikaner Resistance Movement, known by its Afrikaans initials as the AWB, to seek an all-White republic within South Africa.
In 1997, Mr. Terreblanche was sentenced to six years in prison for the attempted murder of a Black security guard and assaulting a Black gas station worker. Mr. Terreblache’s influence in the White supremacist movement had waned by the time he died.