Terreblanche trial in S Africa underway

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The trial of two men for the murder of white supremacist Eugene Terre’Blanche is underway in South Africa, after two delays. The prosecution claims that the two, a 16-year-old farm worker and Chris Mahlangu, 29, who also worked on Terre’Blanche’s farm, meted out the 28 blows that killed the farmer in April 2010, while the defense says they found the body and called police, but did not commit the crime.

The crime, in northwestern South Africa, “highlighted South Africa’s fragile race relations 16 years after white minority rule ended”, reports the BBC, while the Mail & Guardian in South Africa focuses on technical aspects as the trial opens. Both men are pleading not guilty.