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Mon 12 Apr, 2010
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My instructions from my client are that there was some sodomy going on and it sparked the murder of Mr Terre'Blanche

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Defence pleads, 'killed after making homosexual advances'

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Two South African black farm workers accused of murdering white supremacist Eugene Terre'Blanche are to argue they acted in self defence after he made homosexual advances, a report said on Sunday.

"My instructions from my client are that there was some sodomy going on and it sparked the murder of Mr Terre'Blanche," one of the workers' lawyers, Puna Moroko, told the Sunday Times.

"This is going to form part of our defence during trial," the lawyer said, adding that Terre'Blanche tried to have sex "with one or both" of the workers.

Terre'Blanche, who headed the Afrikaner Resistance Movement (AWB), was beaten and stabbed to death at his farm on April 3.

Two of his farm workers, aged 28 and 15, have been charged with the killing.

The prosecutor has said that Terre'Blanche was found dead in his bed with his trousers around his knees.

The two workers waited for police to arrive at the farm, with the motive for the killing previously being reported as a dispute over unpaid wages.

Moroko, representing the older defendant, said that Terre'Blanche had plied both workers with alcohol, while the minor's lawyer said simply that "something shocking happened" that day.

"I have consulted with my client and I am satisfied that something shocking happened on that day," Zola Majavu told the Sunday Times. "I will discole fully what my client told me happened during trial."
Majavu said his client "has undergone all the necessary tests that I need to prove his case."

The two accused are to appear before a court in Ventersdorp, located in the sparse North West province, for a procedural hearing on Wednesday at which they can ask to be freed on bail.

Terre'Blanche's murder has heightened race tensions in South Africa 16 years after the end of apartheid.

Source: AFP


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