|Right-wing AWB leader Eugene
Terreblanche was a fervent opposer of black
Right-wing leader Eugene Terreblanche
may have been murdered after sexually assaulting one of his workers, South
African police said yesterday.
One of the two men accused of beating
the 69-year-old Afrikaner to death told his lawyer the attack was in response to
homosexual advances by his employer, who was buried last Friday.
Clothes belonging to 28-year-old
Chris Mahlangu and a 15-year-old co-accused, who cannot be named, will now be
Mr Terreblanche's trousers were
around his knees when his body was found at a cottage on his farm near
Ventersdorp, 60 miles from Johannesburg, on April 3.
Mahlangu's lawyer Puna Moroko told a
local newspaper Mr Terreblanche had plied the suspects with alcohol before
trying to have sex 'with one or both of them'.
|Terreblanche's brother puts the AWB
flag on the coffin during his funeral at a church in Ventersdorp on April 9
where 1,000 supporters turned
Police said the allegations were
among possible motives for the murder, along with a row over unpaid wages. The
killing has left South Africa facing its worst race crisis since the end of
apartheid 16 years ago as it prepares to host the World Cup in June.
Terreblanche, who was married with an adopted daughter, has also been accused of
homosexual assault by a teenage member of his AWB movement, according to the
Afrikaans newspaper Rapport.
New AWB leader Steyn van Ronge confirmed
that the teenager spent nights alone 'in Terreblanche's arms' at the remote farm
house, but said the leader 'felt sorry for him because his parents were
White residents of Ventersdorp reacted in shock and anger to
the latest allegations.
Margrieta Dreyer said: 'I don't believe all these
filthy stories. They are trying to ruin his name. To us he was loved and a
The two suspects are due in court again on Wednesday, with the
police and army planning a massive security operation.