19 May 2010, 11:02
About 50 black Ventersdorp residents gathered outside the town's court on Wednesday to demand the release on bail of Chris Mahlangu, who is accused of killing AWB leader Eugene Terre'Blanche.
Last week they handed a memorandum to the court in support of their demand.
"We handed it to the court last week because we want Chris and the minor released," said resident Letlhogomolo Makhaya who was at the courthouse.
"In this area, white people get bail and blacks don't - the court must be equal," she said.
Residents are aggrieved that three weeks ago a white man who allegedly raped his black domestic worker was granted bail of R1 000, and they wanted the same for Mahlangu.
They said that although they did not know Mahlangu personally, they planned to stay at the court for the day.
Meanwhile police, some on horseback, monitored the situation.
Two men in khaki outfits caused a minor stir when people saw that they were carrying firearms, but police said they were allowed to do so, provided they had a licence to carry them.
Among the small crowd gathered at the court were a few people wearing clothing with the Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging (AWB) triple seven insignia.
The continuation of Mahlangu's bail application was expected to begin at 11am as his lawyer Puna Moroko was attending to business in Klerksdorp.
At the last hearing, the court heard that Terre'Blanche was hit and stabbed 28 times on April 3.
His body was unrecognisable to the investigators who arrived on the scene after Mahlangu and his co-accused, a 15-year-old, had handed themselves to police. - Sapa