Eugene Terreblanche Murder
The BlaBla Blog has many international readers, so in the interest of correct information I would like to convey a true South African version of this story so far.
Eugene Terre’Blanche was not the “Leader of the White people of South Africa” or the “Leader of the Boere” so to say. He was the leader of a far right-wing minority group, the Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweeging, (AWB) [literally the “Afrikaner Resistance Movement”). The AWB is comprised of people who may or may not be racists but who definitely believe in white separatism. ET (as Terre’Blance is often referred to) is not a hero of mine, nor of any of the people I take seriously in South Africa.
He has been reportedly “murdered whilst having his afternoon nap” by disgruntled farm workers following an argument over wages. There are many versions of this story going around. Most facts are very sketchy at this point and are more than likely skewed by the opinion of the person reporting them.
There is a serious call for calm around race relations in South Africa at the moment. Many fingers are being pointed at various role players in South Africa, including our President Jacob Zuma and the leader of the ANC-youth league, Julius Malema. Many people are saying that Julius Malema is fuelling the race fire in SA, and Jacob Zuma is not doing enough to stop him. In my opinion, Jacob Zuma is doing anything to stop him.
The two “accused” are to appear in court today, after allegedly turning themselves into the police after the murder. The accused (aged 15 and 28 years old) were farm workers on ET’s farm. The fact that one of the accused is a minor obviously complicates the legal process.
Most South Africans are calling for calm and are opposed to any “revenge taking”. The situation in his home town of Ventersdorp is tense. The police presence is high and the entire event is being covered constantly by the local and international media. Unfortunately the media are showing very old images of the AWB and Eugene. Most of the footage is from before or during the elections in 1994, so they are incorrectly portraying the AWB as an active and or well supported group.
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