Zuma urges unity after Terre'Blanche murder

2010-04-04 20:25
This file photo of murdered AWB leader Eugene Terre'Blanche was taken in August 2005. (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

This file photo of murdered AWB leader Eugene Terre'Blanche was taken in August 2005. (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

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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."

- SAPA

- SAPA
Read more on:    awb  |  jacob zuma  |  eugene terre'blanche  |  julius malema  |  politics  |  et murder trial
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