The family of Eugene Terre’Blanche (pictured top left) has announced that they are relieved that he has finally been laid to rest on his farm 10 km outside South africa’s Western province town of Ventersdorp. The white Afrikaaner farmer and leader of South Africa’s fascist movement AWB, was murdered by allegedly two black farm workers,on his farm on April 3, 2010. The family asked for the media to respect their privacy as they have been hounded by hundreds of international journalists.
The family had a traumatic week of dealing with the authorities, court proceedings and funeral arrangements, they said. An estimated 5,000 people showed up at Terre’Blanche’s funeral, causing a major traffic jam in the area. Hundreds of policemen were deployed, who stayed in their allocated posts until all Afrikaaner supporters of Terre’Blanche had made their way out of the district. The funeral service was dominated by politics and religion.
There were calls for the Government to act promptly against any farm murders. Afrikaaner speakers at the ceremony, said that the Afrikaaners had had “enough provocation.” The main topic at the funeral was ANC youth chairman Julius Malema, who has declined to adhere to his party’s request for him not to sing the anti-Apartheid liberation song “Kill the farmer.” There are no Afrikaaner songs whatsoever that the AWB sings, that calls for blacks to be killed.
Ironically Terre’Blanche’s funeral was also the day before millions of black South Africans commemorate the 17th anniversary of the murder of South African’s Anti-apartheid activist Chris Hani (pictured top right). He was assassinated at his home in Boksburg in 1993 allegedly by right-wing Polish immigrant Janus Walusz, who is believed to have been a member of AWB. Many South Africans believe that terre’Blanche’s murder, which also occurred on the Easter long weekend, may not be a coincidence.