Farmworker convicted of murdering S. African farright leader
A South African court Tuesday convicted one of the two accused black farmworkers in the murder of white supremacist leader Eugene Terre'Blanche.
“After all the evidence given, I conclude that accused number one (Chris Mahlangu) is guilty as charged,” said Judge John Horn.
Co-accused Patrick Ndlovu, who was a minor at the time of the crime, was found guilty only of house-breaking, and not guilty on charges of murder and robbery. Last month Horn ruled most evidence against the teenager inadmissible because police failed to follow South Africa’s child protection law in handling the case.
The co-founder of the farright Afrikaner Resistance Movement (AWB) was bludgeoned to death at his farmhouse outside the small northwestern town of Ventersdorp on April 3, 2010.
The pair turned themselves in after the incident and the state argued that the killing was triggered by a fight over wages.
Sentencing is expected within six weeks.