AWB wants to negotiate protection

2010-04-09 12:37

AWB secretary-general Andre Visagie told a large group of foreign

journalists outside Eugene Terre’Blanche’s Ventersdorp house that they would be

entering into negotiations with government from next week.

“We want protection for our farmers first and foremost. More than

3?000 farmers have been killed by blacks in the past 14 years. We have had

enough. We want to govern ourselves. We have our own culture and our own


Visagie said violence would be a last resort for the right- wing

Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging (AWB) following the murder of their leader

Terre’Blanche on Saturday.

“We will first enter into peaceful negotiations with the

government. If we don’t get joy in our negotiations we will then return to our

nation and get a decision. Violence is the very last resort.” he said.

Visagie told foreign journalists that visitors to the upcoming 2010

Fifa World Cup should be extremely concerned about their safety.

“They can come but they must take care of their security because

the South African government cannot protect its own, let alone people from other


He said he believed Terre’Blanche had been assassinated and not

murdered over a wage dispute. Terre’Blanche was allegedly killed by two of his

farm workers.

“Is it not coincidental that he was killed on the same day as Chris

Hani,” he said referring to the assassination of the leader of the SA Communist

Party on April 10 1993. Terre’Blanche was killed on April 3.

“After Mr Terre’Blanche was killed, the police said: ‘We finished

our job’,” Visagie claimed.

“I think it was an assassination, not a murder.”

Hundreds of foreign journalists were gathered outside

Terre’Blanche’s house, where new AWB president Steyn van Ronge was talking to

Terre’Blanche’s family.

Outside the church where the funeral was to be held, hundreds of

AWB members and supporters had gathered.

Many of them were eating breakfast or drinking Coke or coffee. One

AWB member promised there would be war in the coming days.

“I’m here to avenge my leader’s death,” said the khaki-clad man who

did not want to be named.

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