Extremist White South African Murder Could Spark Civil War
South Africa has never been as close to the brink of a civil war than now. The peaceful transition to democracy has always been a fragile isssue walking on eggs. While the average South african (black, coloured or white) is striving to build the economy, the African national Congress Youth league is instigating hate speech with the out-dated liberation song "Kill the farmer", demanding the nationalisation of farms, mines and industries.
Extremist white South African murder could spark civil war
The fact that more than 300,000 white extremist South Africans have sworn to avenge the bloody massacre of an radical afrikaaner leader could lead to the bloodiest civil war in African history, according to local political reports.
Eugene Terre’Blanche (65), also dubbed ‘ET’, was the leader of South Africa’s ultra-right wing group Afrikaaner Weerstandsbeweging (AWB, which he founded in 1970) was murdered in cold blood in his farm, Villanna, outside Ventersdorp (in South Africa’s Northwest province) shortly after 6pm on Saturday night (April 3, 2010). Two black men (aged 16 and 21) are suspected of the murder with pangas and knobkerries.
Terre’Blanche (ironically meaning ‘White Land’) established an unofficial neo-Nazi following and dreamt of establishing a separate homeland for whites, based on their Afrikaaner roots. He used the resemblance of Hitler’s national flag and salute at his rallies. The leader was jailed in 1994 for inciting hatred and for assaulting a black petrol station attendant.
Political analysts say he will be remembered as one of the nation’s most hated, loved and feared men.
Andre Visagie, secretary general of AWB suggests that the African Congress Youth League’s (ANCYL) infamous president Julius Malema may be behind the killing as Terre’Blanche’s attackers were young native black Africans. Malema has been defying a recent high court ruling banning him and anyone from singing the anti-Apartheid liberation song “Kill the farmer” (Dubul’ ibhunu).
Phone lines of the South African government were engaged during the days after as the state president and police called for calm, but the opposition parties have demanded a public condemnation of the controversial. They were outraged and called the murder a “farm attack.”
White farmers in the Ventersdorp area claim that Terre’Blanche’s death was just another attack against farmers, only this time it has made international news headlines because he was a prominent political figure. According to their knowledge there used to be one attack against farmers every 48 hours (1:48). Since March 1, 2010 the attack ratio has allegedly increased to 1:18.
Solidarity group leader Dirk Herman said all parties will jump on the band wagon to persecute such bile attacks. But due to renewed racial tensions he warned, “Nobody in South Africa is safe any more.”