And for the better:
Patrick Ndlovu, who was 15 at the time of the killing, confessed his role in the crime to police but a lack of forensic evidence and a failure by detectives to treat him as a minor saw a judge rule in his favour.
However a second man, farm worker Chris Mahlangu, 29, was found guilty of murder, attempted robbery and housebreaking.
During the day, as the verdict was read out at a court in the farming town of Ventersdorp, there were clashes between hundreds of uniform-clad white supremacist groups and local supporters of the two defendants which were broken up by riot police wielding batons and shields.
Mr Terreblanche rose to prominence in the 1980s with angry speeches calling for a separate Boer nation. He was beaten to death with a machete and an iron bar in the bedroom of his farmhouse in April 2010, shortly before South Africa hosted the World Cup. Following his death, Mr Ndlovu and Mr Mahlangu handed themselves in to police. Mr Terreblanche was found lying on his bed, with deep wounds to his head and body. His trousers were undone and his genitals exposed and blood covered the walls and floors of the room.
Mr Mahlangu claimed that he had killed Mr Terreblanche in self-defence after the rightwinger sexually assaulted him.
Imagine: this actually led to a trial! And, incredibly, an examination of the evidence, real, proper due process and, and how they would have laughed only three decades ago, an aquittal! Of a black farm boy!
South Africa ain\’t perfect: nowhere is of course. But it\’s certainly possible to say that the place is getting better, in one dimension at least, isn\’t it?