New AWB leader to be appointed soon

2010-04-06 09:03

A new leader of the Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging (AWB) would soon be

appointed after news of the murder of Eugene Terre’Blanche over the weekend, the

organisation said today.

Spokesman Pieter Steyn said that once a new leader was appointed,

the organisation would decide on the way forward. He was speaking outside the

Ventersdorp Magistrate’s Court, where two farm workers would appear for

allegedly killing the right-wing leader.

Steyn called for calm, saying: “There is nothing to fear. We are

sad and heartbroken, but there will be no revenge. Today’s gathering is of

solidarity. There will be no throwing of stones, no burning the library. After

this, we are going home.”

At least 250 people had gathered outside the court by 8.30am on

what started out as a rainy day.

Many people carried placards, and waved the AWB

and old South African flags.

Tensions flare

with Young Communist

League

Tension flared during a heated exchange between a Young Communist

League member and a member of an organisation called Resistance against

Communism. The Young Communist League’s Themba Mbatha told Don Maltitz from

Resistance against Communism that racist farmers were the enemy. “Those who

abuse farm workers are the enemy; those who call us kaffirs are the enemy,” he

said. Maltitz hit back, saying farmers were being targeted and ANC Youth League

president Julius Malema was the one creating racial hatred.

Steyn intervened after the confrontation became more heated.

One person handed out AWB badges outside the magistrate’s court. A

human barricade was set up by police officers, preventing the crowd and the

media from entering the courthouse. Only a few family members were allowed into

the courthouse.


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