Saturday 25 November 2017

Teen admits killing Terreblanche 'over pay'

Terreblanche: killed over pay. Photo: Reuters
Terreblanche: killed over pay. Photo: Reuters

Boyd Ellis in Cape Town

A TEENAGER accused of murdering South African white supremacist leader Eugene Terreblanche confessed to his mother about the killing.

The 15-year-old, and an adult farmworker, both clubbed Terreblanche with an iron bar after he refused to pay them several months back wages.

"My son admitted that they did the killing," the mother said at her two-room home in Tshing township on the outskirts of Ventersdorp town.

She said she spoke to her son at the police station on Saturday after he turned himself in along with his accomplice, a 28-year-old.

Police have refused to identify either of the suspects by name. Under South African law, a minor accused of any charge cannot be identified.

The two have been charged with murder and will appear in court today.

Officials appear anxious to show they are swiftly handling the crime, which comes just 10 weeks before South Africa hosts the World Cup.

At the farm yesterday, an earth mover dug a plot for Terreblanche in the family graveyard, where he is to be buried after a church service on Friday.

"This was such an unnecessary thing," Terreblanche's brother, Andries, said. "We are not racists, we just believe in purity of race."

The AMB, of which Terreblanche was leader, still seeks to create an all-white republic within mostly black South Africa.

Members have warned countries against sending their soccer teams without protection to "a land of murder".

Irish Independent

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