‘Shoot the Boer’ may be linked to murder, says race institute

2010-04-06 11:42

The ANC Youth League’s revival of the “Shoot the Boer” slogan might

have played a role in the murder of AWB leader Eugene Terre’Blanche, the South

African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR) said today.

“Racial tensions in the country appear to have increased

significantly in recent weeks. This appears to be chiefly as a result of

incitement by the ruling African National Congress to ‘shoot and kill’ the

Afrikaner ethnic minority in the country,” Frans Cronje, the deputy CEO of the

SAIRR, said in a statement.

He said not all crime in the country could be categorised as

non-political, and accused the ruling party of heightening tensions as it sought

to dissimulate its failures by blaming social inequality on white South


“In an environment where law and order has largely collapsed, the

consequences of incitement by political leaders to commit murder must be taken


Shifting the


Cronje said the ANC had failed to meet the expectations of the

black majority and “increasingly appears to be seeking to shift the blame for

its delivery failures on to the small white ethnic minority”.

“Here, parallels may be read to the behaviour of Zanu-PF in

Zimbabwe when that party realised that its political future was in peril. The

ANC Youth League’s recent visit to Zanu-PF, which saw it endorse that party’s

ruinous policies, are pertinent here.

“In such an environment, it is plausible to consider that the ANC’s

exhortations to violence may be a contributing factor to the killing of Mr


Possible link

Cronje dismissed as “ridiculous” the ANC leadership’s refusal to

entertain questions about a possible link between ANC youth leader Julius

Malema’s statements and Terre’Blanche’s brutal murder.

“Should evidence be led that the two young men acted with what they

understood to be the tacit backing of the ANC, and a causal link between their

actions and incitement by the ANC be established, then the possibility of

charging the ANC’s senior leadership in connection with the murder arises.

“Equally plausible is that the Terre’Blanche family and the AWB

could bring a civil suit against the ANC and the government.”

Polarising South


Cronje warned that Terre’Blanche’s brutal killing, allegedly by two

disgruntled farm workers, risked turning the AWB leader into a martyr and

further polarising South Africa.

“It is possible that the killing of Mr Terre’Blanche will greatly

strengthen the hand of a new hardened right wing in South Africa. In life, Mr

Terre’Blanche attracted a small, non-influential and extremist following. He

will not be mourned for what he stood for.

“However, in death, he may come to represent the experiences of

scores of minority groups in the country who perceive themselves as being on the

receiving end of racist and, now also, violent abuse from the ANC. In effect,

therefore, Mr Terre’Blanche may be seen as having been martyred for a minority

cause in the country.”

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