Pietermaritzburg - The convicted murderer of a Vryheid farmer told the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Pietermaritzburg on Thursday that his crime was influenced by the "kill the Boer, kill the farmer" slogan he heard at African National Congress rallies.

Ntuthuko Chuene, 28, is serving a life sentence for the murder of Godfrey Frederick Lanz Heuer on August 22, 1992.

He also stole a Rossi Special firearm, ammunition and a suitcase containing about R1 000 in cash, a pocket calculator and books.

He said he stole the guns to defend his community from the Inkatha Freedom Party.

Chuene said his accomplice in the killing, Piet Nkosi, was later shot and killed by the police.

He said he was forced by circumstances in the area where he lived, Mondlo, to commit the crimes. The killing was not directed at Heuer, as he just happened to be a white farmer at the wrong time.

"I could have killed any other white man I came across at that time. My frustrations were directed to white men because they had what we did not have," Chuene said.

"I am sorry, I look back now and regret."

Heuer's wife Amy said she did not believe Chuene killed her husband because of politically motivated reasons.

"I do not want him to be granted amnesty. I watched my husband die in front of me and could not help him," she said. - Sapa