AWB ‘horror gallery’ shot down

2010-10-02 00:00

“As I drove into town, I saw this Nazi HQ and people goose-stepping to the toilet and back.

“I thought it was an attraction, you know, as in a joke. But it was actually serious.”

The “HQ” that Casper de Vries drove past is the AWB’s so-called “Gru Galery” (Gallery of Horrors) of the New South Africa on the corner of Chief Albert Luthuli Drive and Goud Street in Potchefstroom.

A Vierkleur flag and one with the swastika-like AWB emblem can be seen on the premises. Posters proclaiming “That is why there was Apartheid” and “Gallery of Horrors of the New South Africa” are attached to the fence.

At the beginning of the week these posters were displayed on lamp posts in Potchefstroom.

Christo Conradie, a member of the AWB and owner of the property housing the Gallery of Horrors, said a council member asked him to remove the posters as they were “too close to being racist”.

“I don’t understand that, because they refer to the apartheid era. They do not refer to racism or any organisation,” Conradie said.

“The message I want to get across is, look at the decline of the country. I’m just voicing my opinion.”

Conradie removed the posters “out of good manners” and put them up at his house where the Gallery of Horrors is situated.

The gallery walls are covered with newspaper stories about murder and violence. There are also photos and bronze images of deceased AWB leader Eugène Terre’Blanche.

Tlokwe municipality spokessperson Willie Maphosa said the AWB applied to display the posters for a meeting. Permission was granted.

“We later received a complaint from the Aardklop management that the posters were for an exhibition and not a meeting. The exhibition is not in good taste,” Maphosa said.

“The city council ordered them to remove the posters.”

According to De Vries the city’s mayor, Maphetle Maphetle, expressed his dissatisfaction about the posters.

“I told him I was going to start a new party, go to Parliament and then run the country, and he’s welcome to join me” said De Vries.

“We’ll give the AWB a little homeland there next to Robben Island. We’ll buy sand from Orania, dump it in the sea, and then no-one will have to look at what they’re doing.

“There are only about 300 AWB members left in the country, so they’ll fit nicely on the island.

“They can put up their fences and posters and do whatever they like,” he said.



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