April 4, 2010

                Mr Terreblanche, 69, was beaten to death after a dispute over unpaid wages. Two people are said to have been arrested. President Jacob Zuma has appealed for calm, saying the killing should not incite racial hatred. Mr Terreblanche, who campaigned for a separate white homeland, came to prominence in the early 1980s.
        He had founded the white supremacist AWB in 1973, to oppose what he regarded as the liberal policies of the then-South African leader, John Vorster. His party tried terrorist tactics and threatened civil war in the run-up to South Africa's first democratic elections. In the 1980s, the government of PW Botha considered a constitutional plan allowing South Africa's Asian and coloured (mixed-race) minorities to vote for racially segregated parliamentary chambers. For the likes of Mr Terreblanche, this was the start of the slippery slope towards democracy, communism, black rule and the destruction of the Afrikaner nation, analysts say. Claiming on occasion to be a cultural organisation - albeit one with sidearms and paramilitary uniforms - Mr Terreblanche and his men promised to fight for the survival of the white tribe of Africa. An ill-fated military intervention into the Bophuthatswana homeland in 1994 ended with three AWB men being killed in front of TV cameras in a PR disaster that diminished further the seriousness with which Mr Terreblanche's movement was taken. Mr Terreblance continued to campaign to preserve the apartheid system but lived in relative obscurity since it collapsed. The AWB was revived two years ago and there had been recent efforts to form a united front among white far-right groups.


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