AWB members gather for ET funeral

2010-04-09 08:21

A dozen khaki clad AWB supporters gathered outside the Afrikaans Protestant

Church in Ventersdorp this morning ahead of the funeral of their murdered leader

Eugene Terre’Blanche.

The funeral is set to start at noon but by 8am the road outside the

church was packed with police cars and television crews from around the

world.

Police spokesperson Captain Adele Myburgh said thousands were

expected to attend the funeral in the North West town.

“We are expecting a very large crowd of people and we are ready for

any kind of incident,” she said. Myburgh said the police were investigating

several threats that had been made.

“We have patrolling all over the town. We have officers on foot and

in police vehicles. The fire brigade and ambulances are on standby.”

Several bakkies were seen driving through Ventersdorp with the

vierkleur flag hoisted outside their vehicles. The Congress of SA Trade Unions

(Cosatu) was due to hold an “urgent mass meeting” in the township outside

Ventersdorp to coincide with the funeral.

AWB guards were posted at the gates of the farm where Terre’Blanche

is to be buried. The AWB plans to hold a press conference at 9am.

An AWB member outside the church where the funeral would be held

promised “action” after the death of his leader. “I’m here to bury my leader,”

said the man who refused to be named.

“Things will follow in the coming days, not during the funeral but

afterwards.” When the man was asked to repeat his comments in English, he

replied: “Ek praat nie die taal van die vyand nie [I don’t speak the language of

the enemy].”

Another member, Jan de Wet, said he wanted to show the ANC that the

AWB was a force, and not just ten or 20 members. Both men were clad in khaki and

had a swastika-like emblem and the vierkleur stitched on their armbands.


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