Return of a troubling nativist

Terre’Blanche, a South African white supremacist, is back

Return of a troubling nativistOne of South Africa’s most notorious white supremacists has resurfaced—and he has ambitious plans. On Oct. 10, Eugene Terre’Blanche, who founded the Afrikaner Resistance Movement (AWB) in the ’70s, held a rally with 300 supporters in a hall outside of Johannesburg. His goal: to fight for an independent Afrikaner republic. Against the backdrop of the AWB’s swastika-style flag, Terre’Blanche told the crowd, which reportedly included representatives from some 23 far-right groups, “Our land is being run by criminals who murder and rob. This land was the best, and they ruined it all.”

Terre’Blanche’s return has caught many by surprise. During the ’80s and ’90s, he was well known for his fiery oratory and violent demonstrations against the end of apartheid. But after he was jailed for two 1996 incidents—the assault of a black gas station attendant and attempted murder of a black security guard—he fell off the political map. Since his release from prison in 2004, he had been maintaining a low profile, and is now taking a less militant approach. “There are other options we have to exercise first,” he said recently. “We have a strong case to take to the United Nations.”

Though he has for years quietly championed a breakaway Afrikaner state, his charge that whites have become the target of racism has gained attention in recent months. Canada inserted itself into the debate in September, when the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) accepted the refugee application of Brandon Huntley, a white South African, on the grounds that he had faced racist attacks. (The federal government is seeking leave to challenge the IRB’s ruling before the Federal Court.)

But in South Africa, few are paying much heed to him or his case. According to a spokesman for the country’s ruling African National Congress Party, the AWB is “singing an old song that will not work.”




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Return of a troubling nativist

  1. If the communists, the ANC, actually believed their own tripe, then they would not have done everything in their power to discredit the AWB and their meeting in the news. There were a lot more than 300 people, and it was not a get together of the AWB's supporters, but a meeting with all the LEADERS of Afrikaner organisations. Had it been an AWB supporters parade, it would have been in the thousands.

    Incidentally, it says a lot about a reporter when she cannot research a topic independently and objectively but simply spouts the self same crap the nationalised South African 'media' does! Well done Rachel Mendleson, you get a big fat F for FAIL!!

    • You get an F for thinking the ANC is a communist party.

      • Willem, Jy's n groter F idioot as jy dink hulle is nie onder die vermoming van demokasie nie. Ek het ook gedink soos jy. As jy maar net weet wat aan gaan……duidelik het jy nie n idee nie.

  2. What a retort! Such wit, such intelligence. I suppose their actions, supporters, public announcements and manifesto (not to mention the undiluted 'comrade' accolade) are all just a part of a vast conspiracy to label them as something they are not! Please! Although, I meant communist in the African sense! As in, make EVERYBODY equally poor! After all, enforced equality is their endgame.

  3. I was waiting patiently for the return of the AWB, it is now time more than ever for us white people to stand up againts our government. You have my vote over and over again. Lets take back our country that they are running into the ground, chaos everywhere.

  4. Most everything Eugene Terre'Blanche stands for I personally abhor. And the way he presents himself and his ideas are not aimed at correcting an injustice but merely to demonstrate once again that extremists are rabble-rousers looking for notoriety.
    On the other hand, no one can deny that many whites are second-class citizens in the Republic of South Africa. One injustice was replaced by another – as expected. So how will "the country of Mandela" deal with this mini-crisis (for now) which I am sure will not fade away in a politically correct and conveniently easy way?

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