World Cup safety not guaranteed – AWB

2010-04-10 08:24

THE right-wing AWB group has advised 2010 World Cup qualifiers to

protect themselves, claiming that the South African government will not be able

to ensure their safety.

Its secretary-general Andre Visagie told a press briefing yesterday, outside murdered AWB leader Eugene Terre’Blanche’s home in Ventersdorp,

that the teams needed to make their own security provisions.

“We’re going to approach people from abroad, including Europe and

the United States and tell them we’re dealing with the holocaust in SA,” he


But police chief General Bheki Cele dismissed Visagie’s claims on

World Cup security.

“This week we met with people from Germany, England, US, France and

the Netherlands and all say South Africa has the best security plan for the

World Cup,” Cele said.

He visited the Terre’Blanche home before the funeral began at

midday with North West Safety MEC Howard Yawa and police Lieutenant General

Andre Prius.

Visagie revealed that AWB members were arming themselves.

“If our members are attacked we encourage them to kill their

attackers. Go for it!” he said.

Visagie said farmers are attacked by people with murder in their

eyes – like those who murdered Terre’Blanche.

He announced that the AWB had asked its members to refrain from

avenging Terre’Blanche’s murder, allegedly committed by two of his farm workers

last Saturday, for now.

“We call on all our members to stay calm until we meet government

next week,” he said.

Visagie said the AWB would meet Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa and

were waiting for confirmation from Lieutenant General Prius.

“Government has agreed to talks with us and has invited us,” he


The AWB was demanding an Afrikaner homeland due to what Visagie

described as “lawlessness in SA”.

“This could mean a portion of each province and is highly

negotiable,” he said.

He insisted the homeland would afford Afrikaners a chance to

practise their culture and religion.

“We’ve had enough of white people being attacked by blacks,” he


General Cele said he had spoken to Visagie but the AWB leader had

not raised the matter with him.

Cele warned the AWB not to put colours on the faces of crime

victims and perpetrators.

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