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AFRICA > South African court postpones Terre'Blanche killers sentencing

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Chris Mahlangu (L) and Patrick Ndlovu, the two suspects in the murder of white supremacist and Afrikaner Resistance Movement (AWB) leader Eugene Terre'blanche, look on during a verdict hearing in the case at a South African court in Ventersdorp, in North West Province May 22, 2012. REUTERS photo

Chris Mahlangu (L) and Patrick Ndlovu, the two suspects in the murder of white supremacist and Afrikaner Resistance Movement (AWB) leader Eugene Terre'blanche, look on during a verdict hearing in the case at a South African court in Ventersdorp, in North West Province May 22, 2012. REUTERS photo

The sentencing of the two farmworkers convicted in the killing South Africa's white supremacist leader Eugene Terre'Blanche was on Monday postponed until August.
 
The court seating in the northwestern town of Ventersdorp postponed the matter to allow a pychologist and police to conclude their reports on the accused, Chris Mahlangu and Patrick Ndlovu.
 
"This matter is then postponed until August 20 to 24," said Judge John Horn.
 
Last month Mahlangu was found guilty of murdering Terre'Blanche in 2010 on his farm outside Ventersdorp.
 
His co-accused, Ndlovu, who was 16 at the time of the murder, was only found guilty of a lesser charge of house-breaking.
 
The 69-year-old co-founder of the farright Afrikaner Resistance Movement (AWB) was bludgeoned to death in his farmhouse outside Ventersdorp, a small farming town, on April 3, 2010.
 
The court rejected evidence that the killing was motivated by a pay dispute or Terre'Blanche's political ideologies.
 
Mahlangu has been kept in a prison facility since his arrest while Ndlovu has been staying in a nearby juvenile safehouse.

June/18/2012

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