"S African" far-right leader killed
April 4th, 2010
Eugene Terreblanche, the South African white far-right leader, who fought to preserve apartheid in the early 1990s, has been beaten and hacked to death at his farm.
Police said Terreblanche was attacked at his farm outside of Ventersdorp, on Saturday, allegedly in a dispute over unpaid wages, the Johannesburg Star newspaper has reported.
Two workers, a 21-year-old man and a 15-year-old boy, were arrested and charged with murder, the Star reported.
'Hacked to death'
"He was hacked to death while he was taking a nap," one family friend, a member of Afrikaner Resistance Movement (AWB), told the Reuters news agency, requesting anonymity.
Local media quoted another party member as saying he was beaten with pipes and machetes.
"Terreblanche' s body was found on the bed with facial and head injuries," the AFP news agency quoted a police spokesman as saying.
Terreblanche, 69, had kept a low public profile since his release in 2004 from prison after serving three years of a five-year term for for attempted murder.
He had lived in relative obscurity despite the revival of his party two years ago and recent efforts to form a united front among white far-right groups.
The killing comes at a time of worries over increasing racial polarisation in South Africa, heightened by a row over the singing of a song by the head of the ruling ANC party's youth league with the lyrics "Kill the Boer".
Terreblanche always described himself as a Boer.
He had founded the white supremacist Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging (AWB) party in 1970, to oppose what he regarded as the liberal policies of the then-South African leader, John Vorster.
Terreblanche wanted to create all-white states within South Africa in which blacks would only be allowed as guest workers.
'Kill the Boer'
He threatened to take the country by force if the white government capitulated to the African National Council.
Ebrahim Fakir, an African analyst, told Al Jazeera that it is unlikely Terreblanche' s political cause will "necessarily die with him".
"It may lose some of its momentum; It may of course lose some of the fiery rhetoric that [Terreblanche] was known for in arguing for Afrikaner rights.
"Whether it loses momentum or not is a moot point, quite simply because it never gathered large amounts of steam in the first place. It didn't have much social support even amongst Africaners.
"There is no doubt that Terreblanche' s death will exacerbate racial tensions in the immediate area in which he lived.
"But you will have this kind of tête-à-tête going on with black South Africans feeling a sense of victory, of rising above oppression and sending perhaps a not so subtle message that after the accumulation of years of racism is something which will be met in an equally brutal way," he said.
After the white government conceded, the ANC overwhelmingly won 1994 elections and has won every election since with more than 60 per cent of votes.
But the AWB - whose flag resembles the Nazi Swastika - was revived in 2008.
The Afrikaners are descendants of the Boers, the first whites who arrived in South Africa 300 years ago and avoided assimilation with English-speaking settlers.
Their short-lived republics, in the Orange Free State, Transvaal and northern Natal, were broken up after the 1899-1902 Anglo-Boer War.
Terreblanche wanted to reconstitute them.
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