Eugene Terre’Blanche sits at a rally held in Pretoria in December 2005. (Jerome Delay,file, AP)
Cape Town – The AWB is “trying its best to keep people calm” after the murder of the far-right wing group’s leader, Eugene Terre’Blanche on Saturday.
Terre’Blanche was beaten to death on his farm Villanna in Ventersdorp in the North West early on Saturday evening. A panga and knobkerrie were found next to Terre’Blanche.
Two of his farmworkers, a 16-year-old and 21-year-old, were arrested for the murder.
The two allegedly got into an argument with Terre’Blanche over wages, said police spokesperson Adéle Myburgh.
The group’s André Visagie said the AWB’s immediate plans are to make funeral arrangements. Thereafter it will have a meeting about “how to avenge” Terre’Blanche’s killing.
Meanwhile, AfriForum and Solidarity have called for calm in the wake of the AWB leader’s murder.
AfriForum’s Willie Spies said it was essential that all South African – white and black – refrain from reckless statements and, what he called, the “romanticising” of violence.
He said the killing of the AWB leader was proof of how volatile the situation in the country was at present.
Spies urged South Africans to remain calm in circumstances which could have potentially destructive repercussions.
AfriForum has won a court order barring ANCYL leader Julius Malema from singing the controversial “shoot the boer” song.
In the previous week, the South Gauteng High Court also banned the song. The ANC plans to go to the Constitutional Court over the ruling.
No-one is safe
Solidarity said on Saturday night that Terre’Blanche’s murder was proof that no-one in South Africa was safe.
Flip Buys, Solidarity CEO, said it and AfriForum plan to hold talks on Tuesday with Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa about a comprehensive community safety programme.
Buys also said Solidarity wants the ANC to end attempts to overturn court rulings over Malema’s “Shoot the Boer” song.
Buys said it was time President Jacob Zuma put an end to the controversy surrounding the issue as it was leading to extreme polarisation which the country could ill afford.
Meanwhile, Zuma’s spokesperson Vusi Mona said the president was filled with shock and horror at the killing.
DA leader Helen Zille described the AWB leader’s murder as an absolute tragedy and said violence was not a solution.