Zuma urges unity after Terre'Blanche murder

2010-04-04 20:25

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma on Sunday urged politicians to show unity and responsibility following the murder of AWB leader Eugene Terre'Blanche.

Terre'Blanche, 69, was bludgeoned to death at his Ventersdorp farm on Saturday evening.  Two farm workers have been charged with the murder. 

"It is our responsibility to denounce the crime and stay away from statements that might reverse nation building and racial cohesion," Zuma said in a special public address.

He said political leaders must "think" before they make statement, which could be "misunderstood".

"This happening must indeed say to us as leaders; we need to think before we make statements in public that might be misunderstood to be encouraging the opposite of what we are trying to do to build our new nation."

Terre'Blanche's murder has come in the midst of controversy around ANC Youth League president Julius Malema's singing of a traditional ANC struggle song, containing lyrics calling for people to "shoot the boer".

Calm needed

Afrikaans civil organisation, AfriForum last week was successful in a court application to prevent Malema from singing the song.

They claimed the song incited violence against white farmers in the country.

On Sunday night, Zuma said calm needed to prevail in South Africa. "All leaders who lead this country, from different political formations and non-governmental organisations, should unite in the call for calm.

"Those who are close to Terre'blanche, they must be feeling a pain, but it is time that we have got to exercise our leadership responsibility to make this country unite"

Zuma said Terre'blanche's murder was cowardly.

"I condemn this cowardly act and the murder of Mr Terre'blanche. It's not acceptable in our society. In due course we will know what it is that led to this terrible action."


  • domdom - 2010-04-04 21:19

    I am also rooting for unity. I would love to see Zuma, Zille and de Lille holding hands on the same platform calling for unity. Even include Julius Malema and Winnie if they genuinely thought the same way. Madiba and de Klerk did it. And so did Madiba and Buthelezi at the height of the KZN violence.

  • Dantjie - 2010-04-04 21:24

    Unite? You must be joking. 95% or even more of the afrikaners did not share the views of ET. However 95% of the afrikaners now believes that this was directed to the afrikaner and not ET. Unite? With Malema around? Zuma you can not be serious.

  • Wakey Wakey - 2010-04-04 21:32

    Mr ZUMA, Stop offending us in public.Stop spreading lies about our people.Stop Spreading racial hatred.Stop calling us "Boer"Stop living in the past.MAYBE THEN YOU CAN UNITE US!!!!YOU CALL FOR CALM!!How can you expect us to be calm when you keep singing "bring my machine-gun" or Julius Malema keeps taunting the whites and inciting racial hatred with"kill the Boer"???How can we stay calm if you persist on overlooking the systematic killing of Boere??How can we stay calm when you and yours insist on keeping apartheid alive??? How can we stay calm when you are marginalising us more every day and wiping out our entire history???How can we stay calm when our very existence is being threatened???

  • cc - 2010-04-04 21:33

    The ANC is afraid now, its time for change. Time to decide to respect ALL people and stop blaminng the past. They create this situation, they must fix it. And now they create the highest tension and inocent people are suffering.

  • action - 2010-04-04 21:35

    Zuma have the power to calm everything but we dont know if he have the guts to tell Malema to stop his hate speech against whites,we are not stupid, we know if he say boers that he actually mean white's and specific Afrikaners, we just want to be seen as Africans, we are also from Africa and not european's, we also have a right to be here, we helped to build this country, what happened in the past was wrong but nobody can change it, but we can write a new future together

  • Johan Botha - 2010-04-04 21:38

    Malema is the voice of the ANC and is succeeding as was told to him by the ANC to incite and forge the ever growing hatred of the White Afrikaner!!This is just the beginning!Unfortunately there is at this point in time a lot of Afrikaners that has been incited to hate everything Black!I for one who gave to the poor Blacks am now witholding all help to them.They can go and ask their Black ANC brothers who only think of themseves and their immediate family!!

  • G - 2010-04-04 21:40

    I'm white and Afrikaans.I hope the AWB uses their heads and do not retaliate as this is exactly what the ANC want and expects. Nationalisation talks, Malema singing, it's all propaganda and we should not believe everything we read. Please do not turn to violence. Why try and fight something that you can outsmart, think about it....

  • Concerned - 2010-04-04 21:49

    My condolences to the family, but I never liked Terreblanche and feel ambivalent to him being gone. However,its disgusting that yet another murder has taken place in this country. Zuma is needs to publically condemn that clown Malema if he is worried about what this might do to nation building...

    This country has a long way to go before we stand united and reconcile our past differences. I just hope it happens before its too late!

  • anonomous - 2010-04-04 21:55

    Please, no more hatred and bloodshed, lets try and live in peace, lets try and endure our diffrences and make this country better for everyone. Lets put our faith in God, and live according to his word, and love each other.

  • Starrider - 2010-04-04 21:56

    You have an audacity to call for unity now Mr President. YOU, the ANC and your coward Malema have incited murder of white people. As an average white South African, Eugene Terreblanche meant nothing to me, instead I(and most white South Africans) have secretly hoped that an end will come to all the corruption, murder and rape. Sadly it was not to be. The ANC's position is now quite clear, with iys relutance to have law and order in this country and especially to take charge of Malema. The ruling party serves one purpose only in this country, and that is to steal the land dry whilst its supporters are festering like sewer rats in the townships. While we dont all belong to the AWB, whilte people have had enough of being threatened, murdered and especially taunted.

    You are solely responsibl for creating this racial devide and the concequences will the downfall of this country. The international comunity is watching, and ain't goint to come to your rescue this time. While most white South Africans are not keen to start killing blacks yet, we will bring this country to its knees. Food production will stop and businesses will close. Starvation, disease and pestilence will rule this country. Mugabe will be elated to have a neighbor of the same ilk. Your back is against the wall Mr President, you have the chance now to show your worth as a leader of a free democratic country...stuff it up and the result will be civil war of catastophic proportions.

  • Dube - 2010-04-04 21:56

    This so-called president is a complex one. All these months preceding this incident, the country has been awaiting such statements from him, when Malema and his peers have been undoing Mandela's work and the efforts of many South Africans. It is all those songs including his song about machine guns that are dividing this country. All this deceit by ANC is refocusing attention away from service delivery and we are now pre-occupied with race and hatred. Is this what the Zuma presidency will be remembered for?

  • Pieter - 2010-04-04 22:04

    Dear Mr President action speaks louder than words. Why don't u arrest Malema for high treason towards average citizens of this countries effort to try and build a peace loving rainbow nation? Look at the irony, Mr Malema provokes people to kill the Boer, when a boer leader is killed the said Mr Malema is in Zimbabwe, singing the same song and getting ideas about how to remove farmers from the land forcefully, even killing, as this is how things happened in Zimbabwe. The killers arrive at the house of Mr Terblanche with pangas and knopkierie, then call the police after the act. How did they know a dispute is going to end in a fight? This is a planned act.

  • Sino - 2010-04-04 22:07

    Whatzup with Mr President now?...Eugene did not pay workers their salaries that is why he was murdered. Most black people know that you can even die for R50.00 or less if you cross paths with the wrong if you mistreat people you are bound to die a tragic death...How this now is made a racial issue, I do not know...It will be interesting what the likes of Garreth Cliff will say about the death of Eugene given what he said about Manto.

  • anon - 2010-04-04 22:08

    Its about time the black nation gets over being racialistic. If they did then this country might move forward.

  • leonie ellis - 2010-04-04 22:12

    I am frustrated that the focus is on black/white murders - sensless murder happens in every society EVERY day in SA - not just to the high profile or those that the media exposes. Focus on the issues we are not finding a solution but rather dividing ourselves further into our bubbles. Zuma/leaders come on we need you to guide this process - no one is a winner without cool heads.

  • Neil - 2010-04-04 22:18

    Pres Zuma needs to stop avoiding the issue and reprimand Malema. There is nothing to be misunderstood by "Kill the boer, kill the farmer".

  • Frustrated - 2010-04-04 22:26

    This statement of JZ should be aimed at himself and Julius, not other political leaders...! "He said political leaders must "think" before they make statement, which could be "misunderstood"."

  • Bb n - 2010-04-04 22:26

    Zuma must continue with his statement " engage malema" , these are result of lack of leadership.

  • Jack - 2010-04-04 22:32

    I do not think there is much of a link between what Malema and his idiot followers said and murder of ET.The problem is with the the culture of these monkeys who run this sorry country. ET was a man who stood up for his rights and believes, Malema is a scum bag and should not be allowed to voice his stupid opinions cause they cause more harm then good. I have never been a keen AWB supporter but they are my fellow South Africans, same as the folks in Soweto are.

  • MadBob - 2010-04-04 22:35

    Great words from the President.
    ""It is our responsibility to denounce the crime and stay away from statements that might reverse nation building and racial cohesion," Zuma said in a special public address." Does this mean he will put a muzzle on mr. Malema as well now or does this statement only apply to the opposition parties?

  • MAM - 2010-04-04 22:36

    Zuma, do you call Malema's song unity and resposibility?

  • Rainbow Queen - 2010-04-04 22:36

    Suddenly leaders must be responsible in their statements and not reverse nation building and racial cohesion?
    I just feel if you can't take it, don't dish it.
    Perhaps if he had kept Malema in line, it would never have come to this...

  • Stormin - 2010-04-04 22:38

    This case needs to be investigated very carefully. It seems stange to me that the two people who carried out the crime went and gave themselves up to the police almost immediately. Why would they do this? Is there perhaps more to this plot?

  • Australian - 2010-04-04 22:38

    It is another sad day in South African politics if it takes a high profile murder like this get this type of response from the president What about all the other farmers that have been murdered? Will Comrade Julius be a co-accused do to his incitement statements?
    We pray for the families and for the country

  • JB - 2010-04-04 22:41

    How DARE this man tell leaders to be responsible in their words, when he allows and condones Malema to spread his racial vitriole. How dare he. This has got my blood boiling. This governement is a joke...a very unfunny one with real life consequences of murder and discontent. While I never felt much for ET, the reaction of the government and Malema has left me cold AND mad!F**k the ANC, Zuma and Malema!

  • Lesley - 2010-04-04 22:46

    I agree - but I think the ANC and Julius need to "consider" their statements of the last week or two and see how many of those could be "misunderstood"? How much have they been building the nation lately? Sow the seeds, then reap the harvest? I pray all parties will realise how much this country has to lose if we don't go back to seeing ourselves as one nation, no matter what colour our skin is ...

  • FranJ - 2010-04-04 23:08

    Malema's comments hurt racial cohesion and unity, so is JZ urging unity to him?. On "Shoot the Boer", how can they say this song commemorates struggle culture and then be absoultely outraged at the "racist, right-wing" song De La Rey? De La Rey commemorates Afrikaner culture & history with fighting the English in the Boer war. Very, very hypocritical. And De La Rey doesn't actually say "go kill people", while the uneducated/disenfranchised masses will most probably only understand "shoot the boer" literally. That's why this song is not innocent, not purely cultural/historical..... and potentially very dangerous.

  • Peter de Haan - 2010-04-04 23:15

    It was the duty of the holder of the office of the South African President to issue a statement in this regard. Unfortunately he allowed and helped Malema to be a loose cannon and polarise the races against one another and i doubt if he can stop it now.The collective must lead, that is the style of the ANC and his style,therefore nothing will change. Many white families with profesional and artisan qualifications will now start to see the writing on the wall and start seriously investigating to leave africa and leave it to the africans to do with their continent what they want, perhaps with the help of the chinese at a price. we will leave with our brains but not with our hearts.God help Africa.This deed of murder is symbolic of our future as whitesin this land.Do not think they regard us as indispensible. They hope the Chinese will help them instead. It must first burn down before it wil be really healed like in the rest of Africa. Our transformation was not bloody enough for the majority of the people being led by the nose by the Malemas of Africa.Whites and open minded blacks,coloureds and Indians, stop fooling yourselves and keep hoping. Think of your small and teenaged children and run.

  • Boer seun - 2010-04-04 23:26

    How can the president call for leaders to watch their words when he has contradicted this very statement for months? Is he not the one that calls for his machine gun? Is he not the one that refuses to discipline his leadership in what they say... "kill the Boer"?
    This is total hypocracy and political grand standing... what leadership is he portraying?

    It is very very sad that it has come to this for common sense to come to the foreground. I ask "what if the shoe was on the other foot?" What if a senior ANC member was killed?
    Another sad day for justice and democracy in South Africa. May God truely bless her...

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