Photos of Eugene Terre Blanche leaked
The leaking of photos of former Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging leader Eugene Terre Blanche's mutilated body is not expected to affect the trial of his alleged murderers.
The pictures, leaked to the Facebook page of a right-wing organisation, have not yet been submitted as evidence in the trial of Chris Mahlangu and a 16-year-old boy, who may not be named because he is a minor.
Mthunzi Mhaga, spokesman for the National Prosecuting Authority, said he did not think the leak would compromise the case.
The photographs, which appear to be from a page of the police docket, show the AWB leader lying on his bed in a pool of blood with his shirt open and belt buckle untied. In one of the photos, a rusty panga is balanced on his pulverised chest.
The page was posted on Tuesday by a user on the wall of a Facebook group called Boere Krisis Aksie (Farmer Crisis Action). Two users posted yesterday afternoon that the group was in trouble over the photographs of "Oom Eugene".
In a note with the photographs, the BKA said in Afrikaans that it "did not want to publish the photos out of respect for the family but they had already been published in a book and were freely available".
Mhaga said the NPA was in touch with the investigating officer to determine whether the photographs had been distributed by a police official with access to the docket. If this were the case, it would constitute contempt of court and obstruction of justice because the "photographs would form part of the court record".
Pictures of at least 200 other murdered people were posted on the BKA's wall.
AWB leader Steyn van Ronge said the organisation was "very disappointed" the photographs had been leaked.
"If they have been placed with ill intent we will definitely consider taking legal action against those responsible," he said.
In the trial, the withering cross-examination of Sergeant Jack Ramonyane was concluded yesterday.
The previous day, Ramonyane had admitted he had been "influenced" by the investigating officer in the case to make amendments to his statement.
Advocate Norman Arendse asked the police officer, who was one of the first to see the murder scene, why he had not read the co-accused their rights on the day he had found them, 5km from Terre Blanche's farm.
Arendse suggested to Ramonyane that he would have arrested them on the spot and told them they had the right to remain silent if the men had admitted to a crime.
Ramonyane said he had read them their rights only after he had received "confirmation" of the murder.
The trial was postponed.