Monday, April 5, 2010

Fear and anger at killing of South African far-right leader Eugene Terre'Blanche

Far-right supporters of white supremacist leader Eugene Terre'Blanche flocked Sunday to the farm where he was hacked to death, and wept, laid flowers and displayed separatist flags. Grief-stricken and angry followers of the Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging (AWB or Afrikaner Resistance Movement) leader also exchanged heated words with police as they tried to enter the farm where Terre'Blanche was murdered Saturday in a killing that heightens racial tensions ahead of the World Cup.

AWB commandant Pieter Steyn rejected suggestions that the 69-year-old Terre'Blanche, who campaigned for a separate white state, and others in the organisation were racists. "We're not racists. We just believe that you should stick to your race," he said, wearing a shirt on which was emblazoned "100 per cent boer", a reference to the Afrikaans word for "farmer". But in the quiet streets of Terre'Blanche's stronghold Ventersdorp on Easter Sunday, ugly white-black incidents were being played out. "A black guy killed a white guy. Obviously it's going to stir a lot of trouble," Kgomotso Kgamanyane, 20, a cashier at a petrol station, told AFP.



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