reported in the early morning of April 4 that Eugene Terre'Blanche had been found dead in his home. He died from heavy injuries inflicted to his head and face with a machete and a knobkerry club while, apparently, he had been taking a nap. Two suspects were quickly found and apprehended. Although their racial origin has not been revealed, the many allusions to a fear of renewed racial tensions seem to speak for the fact that the suspects are indigenous Africans.
Eugene Terre'Blanche, born 1941, was one the most radical white supremacists from the far right, conservative Transvaal town of Ventersdorp. He's been responsible for many racist transgressions in the past, including a bombing campaign and a 1993 attack on the World Trade Centre in Johannesburg, protesting the fact that an end of apartheid was being negotiated. He was jailed in 2001 and released in 2004. Like others of his mindset, he regarded the end of apartheid as a slippery slope that would lead to democracy, communism, black rule and the destruction of the Afrikaner nation.
President Zuma condemned the killing as a "terrible deed", and other politicians and spokespeople have warned the public to refrain from casting Terreblanche's murder as the result of racial tensions. With the World Championships being held in South Africa, the nation certainly does not want the media spotlights focused on the fact that Mandela's dream of a tolerant society has not yet really come true.
In a different part of its website, the BBC
also provides a video showing Terreblanche's political life, while Times Online
has a detailed article that could almost serve as an obituary.