Leader of SA’s neo-Nazi murdered in his bed

Terre’Blanche, who had lived in relative obscurity since the collapse of his organisation, was murdered in his sleep on his farm Villana just outside of Ventersdorp on April 3, 2010.

He was reportedly beaten to death with pipes and pangas (machetes) by two black men, one of them a minor, allegedly over “a wage dispute”. Terre’Blanche’s body was found on the bed with facial and head injuries.

Ventersdorp police said two suspects were taken into custody over his killing. South African President Jacob Zuma, who followed up an overnight statement with a televised address called for calm and for “responsible leadership” following the murder, describing it as a “terrible deed” and described the murder as “cowardly”.

The murder took place in the midst of a racial controversy in South Africa involving the singing of a song by African National Congress Youth League leader Julius Malema that includes the lyrics “Shoot the Boer”.

Eugène Ney Terre’Blanche born January 31, 1941 was a Boer-Afrikaner who founded the Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging (AWB) during the apartheid era in South Africa, threatening civil war to maintain white rule in South Africa, and continued to lead the organisation until his death.

Terre’Blanche spent 3 years in prison for assaulting a black petrol station worker and the attempted murder of a black security guard in 1996.

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