White Supremists Say Murder of South African Leader Was Declaration of War
Members of the AWB threatened vengeance after white supremacist leader Eugene Terreblanche was bludgeoned and hacked to death while he was taking a nap on Saturday.
They claim his death was a declaration of war.
The Telegraph reported:
Members of the far-Right AWB threatened vengeance after he was beaten to death in a dispute with two farm workers over unpaid wages.
Police said he was attacked to the head with a machete and a club in his bed at his farm outside Ventersdorp, North West province, on Saturday night.
Two men, aged 21 and 15, have been charged with murder and will appear in court on Tuesday.
Andre Visagie, the AWB’s secretary-general and a leading candidate to succeed Mr Terreblanche as head of the organisation, said the party was planning its response.
“The death of Mr Terreblanche is a declaration of war by the black community of South Africa to the white community that has been killed for ten years on end,” he said.
He said there was “fierce anger” among AWB members.
“They all call for revenge for Eugene TerreBlanche’s death,” he said. “There are people who threatened to start with violence. We encourage them to wait until we can launch co-ordinated actions at one time right across the country.”
He refused to rule out violence “if we don’t have any option” and appealed for foreign intervention, including the provision of arms, “to assist us to defend us in this country where the white man is being murdered every day”.
The ruling African National Congress disputed Visagie’s statement and Mr Zuma called the killing a “terrible deed”.
“South Africans not to allow agent provocateurs to take advantage of this situation by inciting or fuelling racial hatred,” he said. “The murder of Terreblanche must be condemned, irrespective of how his killers think they may have been justified. They had no right to take his life.”
Jackson Mthembu, ANC spokesman, added: “The black community has never declared war on any other nationality in South Africa. It is in fact incorrect and these are sentiments that fuel polarisation of the South African populace.”
The white supremists said the murder was in fact political and that they will retaliate against Julius Malema whom they believe is the cause of the murder.
Julius Malema in the last few weeks incited hatred against white Afrikaners and Boers by insisting on singing the “kill the boer” song.