South African man sentenced to prison for Terreblanche murder

  • A black farm worker has been sentenced to life in prison by a court in South Africa for the murder of white supremacist leader Eugene Terreblanche.

    Chris Mahlangu was found guilty of killing Terreblanche with an axe over a pay dispute in April 2010 in the north western town of Ventersdorp.

    The judge rejected Mahlangu's argument that he carried out the murder in self-defence after he claimed that Terreblanche had raped him.

    A second man, who was a minor at the time of the attack, was handed a two-year suspended for breaking and entering the property.

    Terreblanche, who himself spent three years in jail after the 2001 attempted murder of a farm worker, was found with his underpants pulled down and a post-mortem report revealed he had suffered 28 injuries.

    The case has highlighted South Africa's fragile race relations, more than 15 years after white minority rule ended.

    In 1994, Terreblanche’s Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging (AWB) organization embarked on a violent campaign to resist the end of apartheid and the onset of democratic rule.