Terre'Blanche death will 'polarise'

2010-04-04 09:30

Johannesburg - The murder of Eugene Terre'Blanche will "inflame tensions" in South Africa, Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille said in a statement.

The 69-year-old AWB leader was beaten and hacked to death on his farm at Ventersdorp on Saturday evening - allegedly by two workers. Both have been arrested and charged with murder.

"The murder of Terre'Blanche will inevitably polarise and inflame passions in South Africa at a time when tensions are already running high," said Zille in a statement.

"Now, more than ever, we must resist racial polarisation, and continue to build the non-racial middle ground of people who want a peaceful and prosperous future for all."

Zille called on leaders to band together, call for calm and reject "hate speech" such as songs that include the lyrics, "kill the boer".

"The singing of songs such as 'kill the boer' creates a climate in which violence is seen as an appropriate response to problems, whether personal or collective," said Zille.

She also asked South Africans at large to reject incitements and threats of violence.