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Call for 'reconciling leadership'

2010-04-05 11:37

Johannesburg - The SACC and Sanco on Monday called for political parties to show strong leadership following the murder of Eugene Terre'Blanche two days ago.

"We call upon other political leaders to step forward and provide the reconciling leadership that is necessary for the country at this time.

"Such leadership will exclude inflammatory speeches or songs which have potential to plunge the country into a cycle of violence," said SA Council of Churches (SACC) general secretary, Eddie Makue.

He sent his organisation's condolences to the relatives and friends of AWB leader Terre'Blanche.

"We are shocked by the murder of Mr Terre'Blanche and we condemn it and reject any and all attempts to justify this act," he said in a statement.

Makue said the murder of Terre'Blanche has the potential to create divisions and conflict that might divide the nation and destroy the reconciliation gains made since 1994.

He praised President Jacob Zuma, General Bheki Cele and Police Minister, Nathi Mthethwa for their positive responses to the murder, and encouraged other political leaders to follow suit.

'Everybody should stay calm'

The SA National Civic Organisation (Sanco) condemned the murder and called for calm.

"We are concerned and condemn the callous and brutal murder of the man who was on the mend of his ways of being a patriotic leader," Sanco spokesperson Dumisane Mthalane said in a statement.

"We call upon our people to desist from such criminality irrespective of the nature of incitement.

"Everybody should stay calm and allow the security agents to complete the necessary work.

"We call upon our leaders to exercise extreme restraint from making inflammatory comment that have the potential to incite violence and lawlessness," he said.

"We need to provide top class leadership to all our members during times of difficulties."

Sanco further called for a national resolve to fight all crime and said the murder of Terre'Blanche should strengthen the resolve to end farm related killings and all crimes in the country.

Two of Terre'Blanche's farm workers, aged 15 and 28, have been arrested in connection with his murder, which they allegedly confessed to and said was motivated by a salary dispute.

Comments
  • lynne nel - 2010-04-05 12:19

    Eugene Terreblanche was a racist who was not representative of me as white South African,he lived by violence and died through violence . Reconciliation and tolerance is what this country needs not rhetoric and hate speech....

  • Reinardt Bronkhorst - 2010-04-05 12:24

    The SACC really should shut the hell up. You have no idea how to lead people anyway. If your collective religions were worth anything people like Malema and ET would not have become who they are. Go home, read your bible, stay out of politics and teach people to live decent lives before commenting on anything again! Bunch of morons!

  • Nic - 2010-04-05 12:27

    Why should everyone suddenly stay calm if for too long killing of farmers were allowed. To stay calm is like turning a blind eye towards the injustice. I think the real Boer has now been driven towards a point of not accepting and tolerating any injustice. This killing of Eugene Terre'Blance may be the turning point to stop the long overdue unnecessary killing of farmers. No human deserve to die in this inhumane manner! Unfortunately calls for calm will not ease the pain and hatred caused by killing of farmers and the violence that is allowed in South Africa. It is time the government start saving the day by taking serious action against crime and violence or face the consequences.

  • DJ - 2010-04-05 12:27

    Now is the time we need to have a strong response by our Government against the vast ongoing violent crimes such as murder,rape and armed robbery, not just rhetoric but an active show of commitment to all SA and the world as a strong democratic country that protects life and the liberty of its people. This should be the time the ruling party shows its support to democracy and agrees to reinstate the death penalty to show its sincerity to ending violent crimes like murder and rape; to give society assurance of its intentions and to bring stability and safety to SA. Protecting the perpetrators not the victims is the wrong route. The no care attitude of criminals and those who arrogantly state that they will kill should be met with a firm response by our leaders. We need to reconcile not devide, even the minorities.

  • Raul Curado - 2010-04-05 12:30

    It is obvious, following the hate speech of Julius Malema, that soon or later this situation would develop. The worse is that the leadership of ANC including president Jacob Zuma did absolutely nothing to stop it and even carried on defending the use of the song even though that the courts had already banned the song. Whatever consequences of this action it can indeed be blamed to the ANC and the government for failing to stop it while they could.

  • Peter - 2010-04-05 12:35

    On SABC3 news last night: all leaders who were interviewed condemned the killing of ET except for...wait for it.... yes, JULUIS MALEMA who had nothing to say. His silence spoke volumes in fact. I'm a white South African. I don't consider myself to be a 'boer' or an Afrikaner. However, I feel disgusted by Mr. Malema's behavior, brazen lack of sensitivity and political foresight. He should stay in Zimbabwe alongside Mugabe tyrant/dictator. I'm sure he'd be happier there and so would the bulk of law abiding & peace loving South Africans I'm sure. Mr. Malema: you are a strong leader who has overcome enormous odds considering where you came from. It's easy to gain support through inciting violence & hatred - look at Osama bin Laden. Why don't you channel your hatred into doing something constructive. Get with the program and help to build this nation instead of mouthing off at everyone. You're making us all sick.

  • Gerrit Duvenhage - 2010-04-05 12:37

    A friendly word advise to Zuma: 1. Be vocal and condemn the signing of songs that spark emotions such as and including the ANC struggle songs and 2. Get hold of Julias, instruct him to stay in Zim a few days longer and should he come back send to the rural area to be a herd boy and to shut up! If you follow this advise, calm will be restored.

  • DA - 2010-04-05 12:42

    Zuma you F...ing hypocrite! How dare you ask for calm and send condolences to the family when you condone and endorse the singing of a song like that! How convenient for you to ask the "nation" to stay calm when you sleep in your home with armed guards protecting you! You are not a leader's backside! Show some bladdy balls man!!!!
    You make me sick! The very people that feed our "nation" are being murdered every day and you throw fuel on the fire by condoning the singing of that song! You make me sick!

  • carl - 2010-04-05 12:43

    So many of my colleauges intenationallyu asked me if it is safe in SA to come for the SWC. After the ET incident, what do I tell them now? Should I tell them it is not safe for a white person to visit but safe for my black colleauges to visit? Is this the perception Malema the joke wants for SA?

  • DA - 2010-04-05 12:43

    I bet FIFA are crapping themselves now! Sure the stadiums are built on time but they never saw this coming....

  • Peter - 2010-04-05 12:46

    How can we be surprised by these tragic events. Our government is letting the people of this country down badly - unemployment at an all time high, lack of service delivery, a failing education system, rampant graft and corruption - all contribute to a dissillusioned and fractured society. Then we have Julius Malema singing songs of hatred and violence and a government that refuses to chastice him. There can be no doubt that such actions by Malema and the like will lead to violence and reaction - i refuse to believe that Malema and the ACN do not know this. Beware Malema, you are picking a fight that we will all regret.

  • Starrider - 2010-04-05 12:48

    I am not interested or affected by ET's murder, but will no longer sit and accept Malema and the ANC'S kill the boer antics. This despite a court ruling that bans that song. DO NOT come and order white South Africans to refrain from violence when you are the bastards taunting us and telling the masses to kill. The Zuma administration and ultimately ANC political agenda has created this mess and you will carry the concequences. You had time to deal with this, but chose to ignore the warning signs when Malema started his crap. We will no longer sit back and accept being slaughtered. You have left us no choice but to defend ourselves and if this means going to war, then so be it. Clearly you are not interested in any form of reconcillation, but rather keen on stealing this country dry and even neglecting the very people that vote for you. You have one chance and one chance only to redeem yourself and to get rid of Malema and everything that incites killing of whites...if you dont get it right, war will follow, and we will put thyis country in a worse position than Zimbabwe. Enough is enough and you are the ones to blame for this situation.

  • David - 2010-04-05 12:49

    I agree with Mzungu.The whole idea of a Democracy is that everyone should be treated equally uder the eyes of the law. Without this being implemented in South Africa, we are headed towards anarchy. Now is the time for our leaders to do right by the people and step up.

  • Eugene Smit - 2010-04-05 12:55

    Those that want to perpetrate violence (black or white) will do so until the state stops them. There is nothing most of us can do.A pity to the children who will be dragged into this whether they like it or not. What I know of South Africa is this: relationships between blacks and white have always been there and will survive any violence. The worst racists entrust their children to black nannies. The bonding that occurs between those kids and the kiffir nannies is real and will stay with them the rest of their lives no matter how indoctrinated they can become. I once gathered the courage to ask ordinary blacks on the streets (different towns) what he thought of Boers and the answers I got were revealing: none said the explicitly hated Boers even though some had suffered during Apartheid. Almost all said they would rather live with Boers than British whites. A few even said that the Booers were their brothers and they loved them. a very small minority (mainly immigrants) said whites should go back to Europe. So, thos that want violence and the biggest war to kill all blacks or all whites in SA you should klnow that SA will survive you. Long after your body is decaying in the ground SA will still be there and the people will still be trying to patch their differences and build a new SA. Democracy will stay in SA and the chaos that you long for will swallow only you and perhaps your family but SA will survive you. You may feel justified in making those inflamotary statements but may the fire you so long to kindle burn you and perhaps your family only and not the rest of this beautiful country. Long live South Africa.

  • Felix - 2010-04-05 12:58

    The Kill the Boer message sent out by ANC leadership for many years has brought the desired results, in no uncertain terms. The deterioration of the rule of law and all constitutional order. Calls for calm and reconciliation ring hollow in the face of the utter contempt which both the ruling party and the President of the country have shown in respect of the ruling of the equality court on the unconstitutionality of the ‘kill the Boer, kill the farmer’ song. This speaks volumes at a time when white farmers are being slaughtered at a rate which, in other countries, would justify a state of emergency.

  • thieves - 2010-04-05 13:00

    how can you have reconciliation when the leaders of the ruling party condone the singing of "shoot the boer"

  • Jurie Eslen - 2010-04-05 13:03

    In God we trust, not in humans.

  • Johan De Kock - 2010-04-05 13:04

    @Mzungu - The government should start with Malema because he has been inciting violence.

    We have been calm as thousands of our family and friends have been murdered...the time for calm has come and gone. In my mind, there's only one thing that can stop WAR now, and that is the death penalty. Even this might not be enough.

    At the ANC, ANCYL, SACP, etc. I assume you are now increasing your security measures...but where there is a will, there's a way. You have gone and created the will, we will find the way - hope your remaining days on earth are peaceful.

  • Jennifer Jelsma - 2010-04-05 13:19

    It is really sad that anyone, anywhere in the world should die violently, whether it is in a shooting in Texas, a bomb in a metro or a murder on a farm, all in the news this morning. This was reported to be a wage dispute that ended tragically. I am not sure if all those who jump to the conclusion that it was a racist act, mean to imply that Terre'Blanche was a racist and therefor a target or that the workers targeted him because they were racist. I don think either is the case and before we try to racialise this incident, particularly with the intent of polarising our nation, we should take a step back. If everyone is honest, they will all admit that the singing of The Song did not actually lead to this murder and that the perpetrators have already been arrested and will face justice. So why make such a big issue of it, except to divide our country further? We all, black and white, extend our condolences to the family and regret this awful incident.

  • Ralph - 2010-04-05 13:23

    I'm an ANC supporter, yet with this murder and Julius supporting Mugabe, i think the world should boycott SA if our President doent silence Julius and security is not sorted out. The coutry will be the next Zim if we dont act now! The world needs to send a message!!!!

  • Andre PI - 2010-04-05 13:23

    The SAPD is supposed to prevent crime in terms of the police act. What did they do to prevent any farm murder so far. If they did anything, why are they so unsuccessful? Clearly they are not able to do this. The only option left, is for citizens to take care of it! As an ex-SAP detective, i am ashamed of this lack of ability(or will?) to act!

  • Kel - 2010-04-05 13:24

    But how can Zuma take Malema to task when he himself sang about a machine gun. Thats like the pot calling the kettle black. I have sat here and watched Tv and read about what people say about what they think is going to happen. They dont sit in my home and speak to me about this, or hear our families conversations about what we are going to do to defend ourselves, cause if they did they would know we are not going to go to slaughter willingly. They do not know how angry and fed up I am, and many other people are feeling the same way. Have any of you seen what a dead farmer that has been killed looks like or his dead kid? OMG. Reconcile what. We never did anything as bad as this ever, even when my fathers fathers father practiced apartheid.

  • Pacifist No More - 2010-04-05 13:25

    I was not a supporter of ET but Zuma and the ANC leaders must accept full responsibility for his murder. They demand the right to sing inflamatory songs that the uneducated rabble take as licence to kill. As a 62 year old white south african with no strong political leaning, or other passport, I NOW demand MY right to use the K word and fly the old south african flag. Its part of my history which is also important to me. The government must realise that non radical persons such as myself have had enough of crime, non delivery, theft of public funds and idiots with BIG MOUTHS etc. etc. I never thought that I would ever feel this way and was a proud supporter of the new South Africa but the AWB or ANY OTHER MOVEMENT is atarting to look very attractive to me. Enough is enough.
    I agree with Big Guns. The police must be very concerned about a few "boers" in khaki. They are not a force but a farce.

  • Kobus van Niekerk - 2010-04-05 13:25

    I blame the weak ANC government for allowing people like Maleme singing his songs. I trought the struggle was over in 94 why do they have to continue singing songs that has no place in our country where we all should be striving for a better future. The ANC should publicly rebuke Malema and if he is a card carrying ANC member, they should bring him to order. Failing to do this will result in polarisation of our races. This country can ill afford the concequences.

  • Kobus van Niekerk - 2010-04-05 13:30

    Furthermore why can Mantashe say the ANC will appeal the courts ruling on the singing of racial songs, when I as white citizen will go to jail if I use the "K" word. Is racism against blacks illegal but legal if aimed agaist whites?

  • SimonP - 2010-04-05 13:32

    Oh right we all shoulkd stay calm while Malema is up in Zim singing kill the boer. If Zuma does not stop the moron there will be serious trouble.
    If he sings it again in SA will he be arrested?
    Would Mr Zuma be saying stay calm if a white person singing kill the blacks murdered Malema?

  • Mulugisi Masera - 2010-04-05 13:33

    Its a sad reality that 16 years into democracy racial tensions are stil topping the agenda in our country.Are we realy united?If we are and indeed we are then we should be able to rise above any divisive acts.Divisive behaviour must be condemd by all of us black and white,no matter who the pepetrator or the victim may be

  • Gideon Roos - 2010-04-05 13:33

    Whats happening at the moment is the works of satan, trying his utmost best to cause division in a nation God plan to revive and bless, he will not succeed. God's plan for this nation can be find in Jer. 29 vs 11: 'For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for (South Africa), says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give us hope in our final outcome. Jer. 33 vs 6 says, ' Behold, (in the future restored Jerusalem / South Africa) I will lay upon it health and healing, and I will cure them, and will reveal to them the abundance of peace, (prosperity, security, stability) and truth'. Let us start praying for this nation, prophesy Word of hope and peace over this nation.

  • Concerned - 2010-04-05 13:33

    What does everyone think of a report placed in a newspaper in Zim with regards to a Zim Style Country wide land invasion.

    According to the report, after the world cup, these invasions are scheduled to start.

    That is the reason for Malema being in Zim as we speak, to strategise and plan.

  • JJ - 2010-04-05 13:34

    The death of ET is not a tragedy to the country. I am a white South African and he was never a leader to me. He was just another extremist leader, of the same calibre as Malema. The fewer ETs and Malemas we have, the better the future of our country.

  • Moop - 2010-04-05 13:40

    For Lynne Nel: I am not a member of the AWB; neither did Eugene Terre'Blanche represent me as a white South African; also, both you and I are entitled to comment - our rights of expression are entrenched in the constitution ... so is our right to life. However, I hope you will remember to practise what you preach when next a bunch of atheist barbarians enter your home, hold a gun to your head, and shoot your husband in cold blood - all for the reputed millions stashed beneath your floorboards (or perhaps just your cellphone), remember to tell them about reconciliation and tolerance. I'm sure they will listen to you and go away immediately.

  • ZION PAY@LYNNE NEL - 2010-04-05 13:42

    From your comment you don't seem to know what is happening and what happened in the past. You will do well to go find out. Find out about who is killing who in this country, find out that despite nice and calming words those in high places will do nothing about those killings. And in that vacuous state of theirs they will blame the farmer for being killed. I challenge you to rewrite your comment but adress it to the president of this country.

  • Also a christinan - 2010-04-05 13:49

    SACC, you have NO credibility in this matter whatsoever. Nothing. Please quote the dates, places and media when and where you addressed your concerns to this lame duck spunging government for their support to Julias Malema? When and where have you asked Malema to refrain from his murder inciding rantings? If you can't, then shut up and go and confess your failure. The angels are jumping on your halos!

  • Shan - 2010-04-05 13:55

    Please would the so called journo's get the correct ages of the 2 perps, when first reported their ages were 15 and 21, now some reports are saying 16 and 21, 15 and 28, 16 and 28. Which is to be.

    I'm now starting to wonder if all that is being reported is really and truly fact, or just thumb sucking to stir up an already charged situation.

  • Just me - 2010-04-05 14:02

    On the front page of The Mercury …” Defiant Malema sings it again”
    Yesterday, while addressing a meeting on the farm of Zimbabwe’s Reserve Bank Governor Gideon Gono, he sang Zuma's "Umshini wami" and after that, “shoot the boer”.

    He is trying to create instability in our country….probably on orders from much higher ranking people…thereby making it easier to nationalize land, mines and who knows what else….future enriching the new “elite class”.
    People calling for war and revenge are playing righting into his hands….in the end, they are his allies…working towards his goal.

  • David Adam - 2010-04-05 14:03

    The tragedy of farm murders has been with South Africa for years. If recociliation and calm heads are ernest desire of the ANC government then they must accept the High Court's decision regarding the banning of divisive and inflammatory song which stirs up resentment and fear amoung minority groups. The fact that the two alleged perpetrators of the brutal killing of ET have surrendered to the police may indicate that they feel that they are heroes of the struggle and expect to be treated as such. May GOD HELP US (AGAIN)!

  • Isak - 2010-04-05 14:05

    If the Youth ANC Leader says "Kill the Farmer Kill the Boer" or "One bullet one farmer" its fine to say it on TV or to the papers, it’s not racists! When is this wrong? He invoked this to happen by stirring the nation with hate speech! The youngsters are very naive and they believe ET, It serves us right by not acting to these hate speeches! The way the killings is going the "WHITES" will be wiped out! ET knows how to weaken the nation by taking away the people who helped shape our nation just before the “The Games” from actors to politicians! No need to kill!!!! I Say this is planned!

  • Cameron - 2010-04-05 14:06

    While President Zuma’s call for South Africans to refrain from making statements that might reverse nation building and racial cohesion is welcome, will he finally take decisive action and display the firm leadership required to make sure that the continuous verbal public attacks against so-called white people stop?
    While supposedly sane and sensible sections of our society - political, business and non-governmental organisations - for the most part keep quiet, “whites” are increasingly demonised and held accountable for the socio-economic ills that beset our country. The “white-owned” media are vilified for reporting honestly on the pervasive corruption and luxurious lifestyles of politicians, “white-owned” businesses are accused of sabotaging transformation, and “white” farmers are responsible for withholding land for sale - the list is endless.
    As Julius Malema leaps from one pronouncement on the evils of “white” people to the next, simultaneously condemning the media while assiduously courting its banner headlines, the silence from our nation’s leadership is deafening. Headline grabbing, to be sustained, must follow a process where the next pronouncement is even more outrageous than the one before it. No-one understands this better than Malema. And in spite of the inanity of his utterances, he is emboldened by the spiral of silence that fails to challenge him. When a personal viewpoint on topics such as racism or religious bigotry is not supported in social circles or in the media generally, then this kind of prejudice is often kept to oneself where it belongs. If however these sentiments find an echo in the public sphere, then not only does it embolden the person who holds such views, it also serves as a spur to action for others.
    While no-one should deny Malema – or anyone else - the right to express whatever views they choose, it is the responsibility of our leaders who are obliged to uphold defend the principles enshrined in our constitution - including the protection of private property, the right to life, and freedom from discrimination - to call him to account for words that serve only to polarise our society and undermine our efforts at nation-building.
    The time has come to accept that people are not defined by their skin colour and that there is no such thing as a “white” community - defined as people with a shared common language, culture or heritage - and remove all references to race from the public discourse. To do otherwise and continue defining, referring to and classing people solely by a single characteristic like pigmentation - or religion or sexuality for that matter - is to reignite the flames of prejudice and hatred, potentially inviting the horrors of Nazi Germany, Rwanda or Bosnia where it is not the Malemas, Zumas or other ruling party elites that will suffer the consequences but ordinary South Africans of every colour.

  • Stu - 2010-04-05 14:06

    I am a 44 year old white south african male that did my national service in the 1980's and a few camps thereafter which means that i am better trained than most of the current SAPS & SANDF troepies. I consider myself a moderate but even i get really ticked off by the current corruption, race card and jobs for pals scenarios and wonder what is going to stop the afrikaner of a similar age who went through similar training incl apartheid propaganda?

  • digit - 2010-04-05 14:12

    Politics saddens me. Cant we just all get along?

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