AWB claims membership growth since ET murder

2010-04-06 10:30

The AWB had processed at least 3?000 applications from new members

since its leader, Eugene Terre’Blanche, was murdered, spokesman Pieter Steyn

claimed today.

“People say they are gatvol (fed up),” Steyn said outside the

Ventersdorp Magistrate’s Court, where two people were due to appear in

connection with the murder on Saturday of the leader of the far-right-wing


Steyn said people had contacted the AWB by telephone and via the

internet, and had arrived at the organisation’s offices asking to become

members. Two newly joined AWB members – Shaun Labuschagne from Brakpan and his

friend Dirkie Cronwright from Boksburg – were among the hundreds of people

waiting for the court to open.

“We do not want to be excluded with whatever’s going to happen,”

said Labuschagne (31).

Both joined the AWB at the movement’s Ventersdorp head office last


“The gun has been loaded a long time ago. They just pulled the

trigger now,” said Cronwright (26), who owns a cash loans and labour firm in


Labuschagne, who has two young daughters, said: “If you see what is

happening around you, you need to make preparations.”

Survival of our


Gerhardus Brits (35) from Mookgopong (formerly Naboomspruit) came

to show solidarity to “my people”.

Brits, who is not an AWB member, came through alone this morning,

but said he expected between 15 and 20 friends to join him later in the


“I am here for the survival of our volk (people). To show we live.

To show we are not going to be trampled on. If they bite, we are going to bite


Brits said the situation was extremely explosive. “What happens

here can have extremely serious repercussions.”

He said some people had to die for others to live. “If you or I

die, there will only be a small article in the newspaper, but when a man like

this dies, the world will see it,” said Brits, who added that he had lost

friends and family in farm attacks.

The AWB is linking Terre’Blanche’s murder to ANC Youth League

president Julius Malema’s singing of a song that contains the lyrics “shoot the


Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. 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
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


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 network.


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.