24 Aug 2012

Farm worker jailed for life for Terre'blanche murder

11:30 am on 24 August 2012

A South African court has sentenced a black farmhand to life in prison for the axe murder of white supremacist Eugene Terre'blanche.

Chris Mahlangu killed Mr Terre'blanche in April 2011 at the farmer's home in Ventersdorp, about 125 kilometres west of Johannesburg.

Judge John Horn said the attack was not racially motivated, but was over a pay dispute.

Mr Terre'blanche led the Afrikaner Resistance Movement, which adopted military uniforms and flags with a symbol reminiscent of the Nazi swastika, and called for an all-white homeland in post-apartheid South Africa.

A small group of his armed supporters attempted a coup in the black-run "homeland" of Bophuthatswana shortly before the first all-race elections in April 1994 but retreated after meeting resistance from security forces, Reuters reports.

A second man, who was a minor at the time of the murder, was found guilty of housebreaking in Ventersdorp and given a suspended sentence.

Prosecutors said Mahlangu and his co-accused broke into Mr Terre'blanche's home, where they found the 71-year-old asleep and hacked him to death with an axe.