ET mourners discuss their fears

2010-04-09 11:18

MOURNERS attending the funeral of AWB leader Eugene

Terre’Blanche in Ventersdorp today held an impromptu group meeting outside

the church to discuss their fears that Afrikaners are being targeted for


“That black group from Julius, it doesn’t matter to them who you

are, if your skin is white they are going to kill you,” shouted one woman from

the crowd of about 200 people waiting for church doors to open.

“He is a monkey, auntie, he belongs in the bush,” shouted a young

boy, referring to ANC Youth League president Julius Malema.

Malema had infuriated many farmers and Afrikaners with his singing

of the lyrics “shoot the boer”, which they believed was an incitement to kill


With many policemen looking on and television satellite relay vans

rumbling in the background, another mourner, Adriaan Groenewald said: “I feel

threatened as I stand here. Everywhere around us, there is a black crowd just

waiting for us to do something.

“The government is black, the police are black, the army is


Looking at the group of about 200 people, Groenewald was disturbed

that out of “four million Afrikaners” there were so few present at the funeral

of Terre’Blanche, who was murdered on Easter Saturday.

“Where are they going to run to if the shit hits the fan?” he


Dominee Andre Erasmus, from the Evangelical Reformed Church in

Klerksdorp, who delivers sermons in Ventersdorp, spoke nostalgically about “Oom


He related an anecdote about how he and another preacher once sat

with Terre’Blanche in his car at night and watched him sob over the future of

his “volk”.

“What people didn’t know about Oom Terre’Blanche was that he was a

man with a heart,” said Erasmus.

He believed the murder of Terre’Blanche was not about a pay

dispute, as initially suspected, but was political.

He believed that about 10 years ago, “a war was declared on the

white man in the country and nobody has done anything about it”.

“We are standing in front of a new Blood River,” he said, referring

to a historic battle between Voortrekkers and Zulus in 1838.

To the refrain of South Africa’s apartheid-era anthem “Die Stem,”

more people filed past the armoured police vehicle parked outside the modern

facebrick church, many carrying camping chairs so that they could hear the

service from the loudspeakers erected outside the building.

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