April 4th, 2010

Eugene Terreblanche: The Death of the Guardian of Apartheid

Mr Terreblanche, 69, was beaten to death by two farm workers after a dispute over unpaid wages, police say. Two people have been charged.

President Jacob Zuma has appealed for calm, saying the killing should not incite racial hatred.

Mr Terreblanche campaigned for a separate white homeland in South Africa. Although many, especially his AWB members regarded him to be a guardian of Apartheid, the majority of S. Africans especially the black population saw him as a racist demagogue who tried to turn back the apartheid clock (BBC). Though no where near the apartheid era, race relations in post apartheid South Africa are at an all time low. This sad event is just one of those episodes that will certainly add to the woes of the already deteriorating situation. There have been calls for open dialogue about race relations in S. Africa and perhaps this is the time for all South Africans (of all races) to talk and find solutions for the future of their nation. South Africa belongs to them all and they to it. All the nation’s problems must be articulated and addressed without individuals hiding behind the race card to advance their own personal agendas when confronted with a problem.
Probably most people did not support Eugene Terreblanche's extreme race views but they are equally concerned about race relations and the senseless killings as well as the rising level of crime in South Africa.

Mr Terreblanche was a controversial figure in South Africa’s politics by all accounts but no one can condone his death in this manner. Though reports seem to suggest that the killing was not politically related, South Africa’s rulers must act swiftly to reconcile all racial groups in order to avoid the possibility of racial civil unrest and possibly war.

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