Zille warns of ‘tidal wave of rage’

2010-04-06 14:02

The murder of Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging (AWB) leader Eugene

Terre’Blanche unleashed a “tidal wave of pent-up rage and frustration” in

certain sections of South African society, according to Democratic Alliance

leader Helen Zille.

Addressing the media at Parliament in Cape Town today, Zille said

it was time for President Jacob Zuma to “act like a president” and rein in his

party’s youth leader, Julius Malema.

“For over a decade now, farmers and farming communities have been

on the receiving end of escalating criminal violence, and 3 368 have been

murdered. Most recently, the ANC Youth League’s sinister leader, Julius Malema,

has made popular again an old struggle song, the lyrics of which include the

phrase ‘Shoot the Boer’.”

The match on the dry grass

Zille said Terre’Blanche’s murder was “symbolic” for a number of

reasons. “It shows how close to the precipice we are with people’s pent-up rage

and anger ... A symbolic murder can often be the match on the dry grass, and

this is what Eugene Terre’Blanche’s murder threatened to be.”

Zille said she had been very pleased to hear the AWB had withdrawn

its call for violence to avenge Terre’Blanche’s death. “We cannot avenge

violence with violence.”

She also called on the ANC leadership to “take a formal decision at

the highest level to stop singing the song that includes the phrase ‘Shoot the


Farm safety has reached crisis levels in South Africa. “When you

compare the number of farmers who have been murdered in South Africa (with) the

number of those who have lost their lives in Zimbabwe, you will see the sort of

crisis it actually is. Farm murders in Zimbabwe don’t enter triple figures, and

ours are over 3 000. Now that is a very, very serious indictment of the state of

safety on South African farms and in our rural areas.”

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