Fears of racial tensions grow

2010-04-04 15:58
A man speaks over his cellphone at the farm outside Ventersdorp in the North West where Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging leader Eugene Terre'Blanche was murdered. (Stringer, Sapa)

A man speaks over his cellphone at the farm outside Ventersdorp in the North West where Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging leader Eugene Terre'Blanche was murdered. (Stringer, Sapa)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg - As the Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging (AWB) on Sunday vowed to avenge their leader Eugene Terre'Blanche's gruesome murder, political leaders and police appealed for calm.

Fears of a growing racial tension and polarisation grew as condolences streamed in.

"We appeal for calmness and non-provocation at this time because the police are hard at work in dealing with this matter," said African National Congress spokesperson Jackson Mthembu.

He said ANC Youth League president Julius Malema was not to blame for polarisation, or the singing of the controversial "shoot the boer" song.

"Julius has not acted in a manner that promotes polarisation. The song is not a Julius song...it is an ANC song," he said in a telephonic interview with e.tv's news channel.

"If you have problems with the song, we say put it to the ANC...if this song is creating problems, tell the ANC...and they will look at it," he said.

AWB general-secretary Andre Visagie told Sapa the party blamed Malema for Terre'Blanche's murder.

Revenge

In a telephonic interview, he said, there would be "revenge".

"We are going to finish with funeral arrangements and thereafter have a summit conference on May 1 in Pretoria, where all our leaders and members of AWB will come together and decide on what actions we will take to revenge Terre'Blanche's death."

"Our leader's death is directly linked to Julius Malema's 'shoot the boer' song," said Visagie.

"And [ANC general-secretary] Gwede Mantashe, made excuses on behalf of Malema in February, and up till today [President] Jacob Zuma has not stopped it."

He said despite a court interdict preventing Malema from singing the song, "he still persists".

"He still persists in continuing the hate speech [by singing] 'shoot the boer' and this means that the government condones what Malema is saying.

"If they come to us with condolences right now, we cannot accept it...because they condone Malema's hate songs."

He noted that the ruling party also played a part in the death because it promoted the song of incitement.

AWB leader 'deserved it'

There were mixed reactions from political parties on hearing about the murder.

While some offered condolences, others said Terre'Blanche deserved it.

The Azanian People's Organisation (Azapo) said the white extremist died in the same manner in which he killed black farm workers. "Azapo never rejoiced on the murder of any person, black or white, rich or poor. But the murder of Eugene Terre'Blanche left us with a combination of sadness...and a tinge of suppressed excitement."

"We are sad that Mr Terre'Blanche died in the manner in which he died, murdered in cold blood. Sadly, this is how he killed black defenceless farm workers in Venterdorp."

Meanwhile, Afrikaner author and political commentator Dr Dan Roodt said the ANC's youth wing had created a climate of hatred towards Afrikaners which could leader to further anarchy, Zimbabwean-style land invasions, famine and even mass murder in South Africa.

"Only a show of unity and determination in the face of these dire threats will counter the storm of hate and retribution that is brewing in the hearts and minds of our enemies.

He said South Africa was at a cross-road and appealed to the international community - the United States, the European Union and United Nations - to intervene to stop the bloodbath in South Africa.

The Inkatha Freedom Party and the Congress of the People Youth Movement agreed that Malema should stop singing "Dubula iBhunu".

Racial hartred

IFP spokesperson Rev Musa Zondi said the incident was disturbing and could escalate to intra-racial hatred.

Terre'Blanche, 69, was bludgeoned to death - allegedly by two farm workers - on Saturday night at his Ventersdorp farm in the North West province.

He was repeatedly stabbed with a panga after an argument over unpaid wages.

A 21-year-old man and 15-year-old boy were subsequently arrested for the crime.

In 1970 Terre'Blanche founded the fringe right-wing AWB and spent three decades championing white supremacy.

- SAPA
Read more on:    awb  |  ancyl  |  eugene terre'blanche  |  jacob zuma  |  julius malema  |  et murder trial
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
41 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.
 

Inside News24

 
/Sport
 

Watch: 2015 Absa Cape Epic route

The route of the 2015 Absa Cape Epic has been announced and it promises to be as challenging as ever!

 
 

Where were you when you last felt alive?

4 exercise excuses and how to beat them
Watch: Insane road bike skills!
The most extreme journey ever?
Red Bull Lionheart trail run - not for the fainthearted!

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Save up to R1000 on Hisense smartphones!

View the large range of Hisense smartphones. Buy today and save up to R1000!

Deal of the week!

Save R1200 on the Samsung 48” smart full HD LED television now only R8799. Buy now!

Toys 4 for the price of 3

Buy 4 toys and get the cheapest FREE! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Mind blowing prices – As seen on TV

Get mind blowing prices on 1000’s of products! Shop now.

Save 20% on Nivea beauty products!

Buy any two Nivea beauty products and save 20%. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

There is a tendency to focus too intently on outer appearance and beauty which hides who you really are. You are being challenged...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.