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article imageSouth African Right-wing leader Terre’Blanche buried

By Christopher Szabo     Apr 9, 2010 in World
Ventersdorp - The leader of the Afrikaner Resistance Movement (Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging – AWB) Eugene Terre’Blanche (69) has been laid to rest on his farm outside Ventersdorp in South Africa’s North West province.
South African media reported that the event, which took place on a rainy Friday autumn afternoon, showed the paraphernalia of the extreme right-wing AWB; men in military-style khaki uniforms, AWB ”sevens” symbols, men and women on horseback and a white hearse.
The Mail and Guardian reported a tense atmosphere at the church service and subsequent funeral. Well-known Afrikaans singer Steve Hofmeyr, author of the controversial song De La Rey (calling on Boer War general De Koos la Rey to lead the Afrikaners again) addressed the packed church:
If you understand the hate speech of (ANC Youth League president Julius) Malema, you must understand why I cannot enter a stadium named after Peter "kill the boer" Makgoba.
In his sermon, the minister noted that Terre’Blanche:
Wasn't an angel, but God doesn't save angels.
The tense atmosphere did not lead to any violence and Black people for the most part stayed away.
Terre’Blanche and his AWB tried to prevent the then National Party government of president FW De Klerk from negotiating with Black leaders, notably Nelson Mandela. They even drove a pickup into the World Trade Centre near the Johannesburg airport in an attempt to stop the Convention for a Democratic South Africa (CODESA) talks.
After the first democratic elections in the country in 1994, the AWB slowly receded into the fringes of politics and were largely a forgotten quantity in the eyes of most people until their leader’s recent murder.
Terre’Blanche was allegedly murdered my two of his farm workers over a wage dispute. The two turned themselves in and have been formally charged.
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