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Ventersdorp - He killed Eugene Terre'Blanche in self-defence because the late AWB leader had assaulted and throttled him.
This will be the testimony of Chris Mahlangu, 27, who stands accused of Terre'Blanche's murder along with a 15-year-old boy.
Puna Moroko, Mahlangu's attorney, said outside the Ventersdorp Magistrate's Court on Wednesday that, even though Terre'Blanche's body was discovered with his pants pulled down, Mahlangu's defence will definitely not include allegations that sexual acts like sodomy took place.
"Mahlangu says Terre'Blanche often lay down to sleep when he'd been drinking, and then pulled down his pants because of the heat."
Cigarettes, liquor instead of money
According to Moroko, Mahlangu's defence is that it was a battle to get his R600 salary from Terre'Blanche every month.
Apparently Terre'Blanche would often buy liquor and cigarettes for his workers, as he also did on the day of his death, and then tell them that's their payment in the place of money.
Also, he supposedly gave Mahlangu R100 for Christmas last year and then later wanted to subtract it from his salary.
According to Moroko, on the day of his death Terre'Blanche bought 18 bottles of Savanna for Mahlangu, 13 bottles of Savanna for the teenager, and cigarettes for both.
Moroko said there was an assault which led to Terre'Blanche's death.
'Everyone was scared of ET'
They will also tell the court that Terre'Blanche had throttled Mahlangu about two months before the murder, but Mahlangu went to work for him again because he needed the money.
"He and Terre'Blanche didn't have a good relationship, but he never made an assault complaint," said Moroko. "Everyone was scared of Eugene, even the whites."
According to Moroko, Mahlangu is "okay". "You'd think nothing has happened."
Mahlangu's bail application has been postponed until May 10 in order to confirm his residential address.
During his court appearance the short, slightly-built man, dressed in a red shirt and dark gray jacket, stared wide-eyed at the countless journalists and family members of Terre'Blanche in the small, packed courtroom.
Sleeping on bed for first time
The boy, who worked as cattle herder on Terre'Blanche's farm, Witrandjiesfontein, decided on Wednesday not to apply for bail.
He is being detained in a place of safety where, according to his attorney, Zola Majavu, he is sleeping on a bed for the first time in his life and receives three meals per day.
"After discussions with his parents and social workers we decided not to continue with the bail application, since my client is comfortable where he is.
"His circumstances are better now than they are at home and he has started going to school again."
Majavu said it's also safer for his client to remain in detention. "He's psychologically strong."