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Terreblanche death brings Zuma appeal for calm

Eugene Terreblanche in Pretoria in June 2004
Eugene Terreblanche wanted a separate white homeland
South African President Jacob Zuma has appealed for calm after the killing of the white supremacist leader, Eugene Terreblanche.
Mr Zuma said South Africans must not allow anyone to take advantage of the "terrible deed" by inciting racial hatred.
Police said Mr Terreblanche had been beaten to death in a dispute with two farm workers over unpaid wages.
Mr Terreblanche's far-right movement urged its members to be calm.

The 69-year-old was attacked on Saturday evening at home on his farm near the town of Ventersdorp, North West province.
'Must be condemned'
Two males, aged 21 and 15, have been arrested and charged with his murder, said police.

We will decide upon the action we are going to take to avenge Mr Terreblanche's death
Andre Visagie
Afrikaner Resistance Movement

His body was found with facial and head injuries on a bed, after he was apparently attacked with a machete and a wooden club.
Mr Terreblanche came to prominence in the early 1980s, campaigning for a separate white homeland and championing a tiny minority determined to preserve apartheid.
Mr Zuma's office said in a statement: "The president appeals for calm... and asks South Africans not to allow agent provocateurs to take advantage of this situation by inciting or fuelling racial hatred.
"The murder of Terreblanche must be condemned, irrespective of how his killers think they may have been justified. They had no right to take his life."
The BBC's Karen Allen in Johannesburg says the murder comes amid growing anxiety about crime in South Africa.
Opposition politicians linked the death to racially inflammatory sentiments from a minority of the ruling ANC party.
Martin Plaut
Martin Plaut, Africa editor
For most South Africans, Eugene Terreblanche was a throwback to another era. But his death is a blow to the country's image of racial tolerance, fostered so carefully by Nelson Mandela.
Some are likely to believe that the fact that his alleged attackers were arrested so rapidly smacks of a cover-up. Others, on the minority far-right fringe, will see his death as a vindication of their assertion that whites cannot live under black rule.
It is a tragic fact that more than 3,000 white farmers have been murdered since the end of apartheid in 1994. And it is possible that some people may seek retribution.
Mr Terreblanche's funeral could become a rallying point for such sentiment.
During a news conference in Ventersdorp on Sunday, South African Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa cautioned against stoking tensions.
"We call on all South Africans across whatever divide - across the racial divide, across the political divide - to desist from making any inflammatory statements which are not going to help anyway on the case we are dealing with," he said.
Meanwhile, relatives and friends of Mr Terreblanche gathered near his home to pay their respects.
His Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging (Afrikaner Resistance Movement - AWB) echoed Mr Zuma's call for calm.
AWB spokesman Andre Visagie said: "We will decide upon the action we are going to take to avenge Mr Terreblanche's death," adding that next steps would await a party meeting in May.
He earlier blamed the killing on the recent singing of an apartheid-era song by a firebrand ANC leader.
'Explosive situation'
Last week, South Africa's High Court banned ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema from singing "kill the Boer". It ruled the song was hate speech, but the ANC is appealing.
Boer is Afrikaans for a farmer, but is sometimes used as a disparaging term for any white in South Africa.
A spokeswoman for the opposition Democratic Alliance party, Juanita Terblanche, no relation, said: "[Mr Terreblanche's killing] happened in a province where racial tension in the rural farming community is increasingly being fuelled by irresponsible racist utterances."
The minority party Freedom Front Plus called on people to refrain from reacting emotionally.
"The murder creates an explosive situation and is condemned in the strongest possible terms," party spokesman Pieter Groenewald said.
1941: Born on farm in Transvaal town of Ventersdorp
1973: Co-founds AWB to protect rights of Boers' descendants
1993: AWB vehicle smashes into World Trade Centre in Jo'burg during talks to end apartheid
1994: AWB invades tribal homeland of Bophuthatswana and is defeated; three AWB men die
1998: Accepts moral blame for 1994 bombings that killed 21
2001: Jailed for attempted murder of farm-worker
2004: Released from prison
More than 3,000 white farmers are estimated to have been murdered since the end of apartheid in 1994.
A committee of inquiry found in 2003 only 2% of farm attacks had a political or racial motive, although critics said this figure was far too low.
Mr Terreblanche had founded the white supremacist AWB in 1973, to oppose what he regarded as the liberal policies of the then-South African government.
His party tried terrorist tactics and threatened civil war in the run-up to South Africa's first democratic elections, before sliding into relative obscurity.
Mr Terreblanche served three years in jail after being convicted in 2001 of the attempted murder of a farm worker.



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