AWB claims membership growth since ET murder

2010-04-06 10:30

The AWB had processed at least 3?000 applications from new members

since its leader, Eugene Terre’Blanche, was murdered, spokesman Pieter Steyn

claimed today.

“People say they are gatvol (fed up),” Steyn said outside the

Ventersdorp Magistrate’s Court, where two people were due to appear in

connection with the murder on Saturday of the leader of the far-right-wing

group.

Steyn said people had contacted the AWB by telephone and via the

internet, and had arrived at the organisation’s offices asking to become

members. Two newly joined AWB members – Shaun Labuschagne from Brakpan and his

friend Dirkie Cronwright from Boksburg – were among the hundreds of people

waiting for the court to open.

“We do not want to be excluded with whatever’s going to happen,”

said Labuschagne (31).

Both joined the AWB at the movement’s Ventersdorp head office last

night.

“The gun has been loaded a long time ago. They just pulled the

trigger now,” said Cronwright (26), who owns a cash loans and labour firm in

Boksburg.

Labuschagne, who has two young daughters, said: “If you see what is

happening around you, you need to make preparations.”

Survival of our

volk

Gerhardus Brits (35) from Mookgopong (formerly Naboomspruit) came

to show solidarity to “my people”.

Brits, who is not an AWB member, came through alone this morning,

but said he expected between 15 and 20 friends to join him later in the

day.

“I am here for the survival of our volk (people). To show we live.

To show we are not going to be trampled on. If they bite, we are going to bite

back.”

Brits said the situation was extremely explosive. “What happens

here can have extremely serious repercussions.”

He said some people had to die for others to live. “If you or I

die, there will only be a small article in the newspaper, but when a man like

this dies, the world will see it,” said Brits, who added that he had lost

friends and family in farm attacks.

The AWB is linking Terre’Blanche’s murder to ANC Youth League

president Julius Malema’s singing of a song that contains the lyrics “shoot the

boer”.


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