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Vol 51 No 8

Published 16th April 2010

South Africa

Live by the sword

The murder of racist politician Eugene Terre’Blanche could revive old hatreds and spark new fears

The timing could hardly have been worse. Only two months before South Africa hosts the football World Cup, incidents involving politicians at opposite ends of the political spectrum have again put the spotlight on race relations. On 3 April came the gruesome murder of Eugene Terre’Blanche. Rumours surround the killing. He was the founder of the racially supremacist Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging (Afrikaner Resistance Movement, AWB). Meanwhile, the leader of the African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL), Julius Malema, was publicly defying the governing ANC, resuscitating an old ‘struggle song’ that calls for the killing of Boers, meaning white farmers.

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