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Youth Leader: South Africa Will Seize White-Owned Farms
Peta Thornycroft |
Johannesburg 04 April 2010
African National Congress Youth League
leader Julius Malema, at a rally in
Harare in neighboring Zimbabwe, 3 April
The controversial youth leader of South Africa's African National
has praised Zimbabwe's program for taking over thousands of
farms, and says his country will follow the example. Comments
were made at
a rally organized by President Robert Mugabe's ZANU-PF party in
ANC Youth Wing leader Julius Malema told a few hundred ZANU-PF
the South African party would follow Zimbabwe's lead, and soon
white farms in South Africa.
Speaking Saturday at a small
Harare stadium, he said Zimbabwe had led the
"fight over land" and
encouraged Zimbabweans to also take over white and
Mulema was in Zimbabwe at the invitation of ZANU-PF
Saviour Kasukuwere, who has decreed that black
Zimbabweans must own 51
percent of all Zimbabwean
Regulations to support the indigenous legislation were
this year, but Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) trade
legislator Welshman Ncube said they had not gone through due
process and must be re-done.
Malema said people must
He said ZANU-PF and the ANC "fought together in
the trenches" for liberation
and must continue to fight against what he
called Western imperialism.
Malema said he would not be meeting the MDC,
the other main partner in the
power-sharing government that won the 2008
elections. He said this was
because it had not taken part in the 1970s
anti-colonial war. The Movement
for Democratic Change was formed in
ZANU-PF accuses the MDC of being a product of Western
Malema seized on this theme at the rally.
aware of the imperialists and, in particular, of the West giving
to take liberation movements out of power," he said. "They are
with the ANC in South Africa. They are doing that with all
forces in Africa. You are not alone. Your struggle is our
Malema surprised some ZANU-PF members when he told them
not to engage in
violence during elections. Hundreds of MDC supporters have
been killed and
tens of thousands injured since the MDC fought its first
election in 2000.
"This rumor that you are using violence in Zimbabwe, is
going to make ZANU
[PF] lose elections," he added. "You must engage
ideologically. This is an
ideological warfare. We must be prepared to
change the minds of our people
and educate them to understand where do we
want to take this country to, not
ZANU-PF youth members he would continue singing the ANC struggle
the Boer," or the white farmer, even if it meant being sent to
South African court last week banned the controversial song.
He sang the
song at the rally and a few ZANU-PF members struggled to sing
Malema's Zulu home language.
White supremacist Eugene Terre'Blanche is hacked to death after row with
Two suspects held over killing of
South Africa's Nazi-inspired AWB leader as he slept in his bed
- David Smith,
- The Observer, Sunday 4 April 2010
Eugene Terre'Blanche waves to his supporters after he was
released from prison in Potchefstroom in June 2004 after he had served part of a
five-year sentence for the attempted murder of a black security guard.
Photograph: Alexander Joe/AFP/Getty Images
A notorious white supremacist who once threatened to wage war rather than
allow black rule in South Africa was hacked
to death at his farm yesterday following an argument with two employees. Eugene
Terre'Blanche's mutilated body was found on his bed along with a broad-blade
knife and a wooden club, police said.
"He was hacked to death while he was taking a nap," one family friend, who
did not wish to be named, told Reuters.
Local media quoted a member of Terre'Blanche's Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging
party (Afrikaner Resistance Movement, or AWB) as saying that the 69-year-old had
been beaten with pipes and machetes. Police said two males, thought to be
workers on the farm, have been arrested and will appear in court on Tuesday.
Terre'Blanche, with striking blue eyes and white beard, was the voice of
hardline opposition to the end of racial apartheid in the early 1990s, and the
AWB was infamous for its swastika-like symbols and neo-Nazi anthems. But he had
been in relative obscurity since his release in 2004 after a prison sentence for
beating a black man nearly to death.
Last year he attempted a comeback, announcing plans to rally far-right groups
and to apply to the United Nations for a breakaway
His death comes amid heightened racial tension in South Africa, where Julius
Malema, leader of the youth wing of the governing African National Congress, has
caused anger by singing a struggle song with the words, "Shoot the Boer".
Terre'Blanche called himself a Boer, which means farmer in Afrikaans.
Civil rights groups say that 3,000 white farmers have been killed since the
end of apartheid and accuse Malema of inciting further violence against them.
Last week a high court banned Malema from repeating the lyric but he did so
yesterday during a visit to Zimbabwe.
Police in South Africa's North West province said last night that
Terre'Blanche had been attacked and killed at his farm 10km outside Ventersdorp.
Captain Adele Myburgh said Terre'Blanche was attacked by a man and a minor who
worked for him after they allegedly had an argument about unpaid wages at around
6pm, the South African Press Association reported.
"Mr Terre'Blanche's body was found on the bed with facial and head injuries,"
Myburgh said. "There was a panga [broad-blade knife] on him and knobkerrie
[wooden club] next to the bed. A 21-year-old man and 15-year-old boy were
arrested and charged for his murder. The two told the police that the argument
ensued because they were not paid for the work they did on the farm." She added
that Terre'Blanche was alone with the two workers at the time of the attack.
The opposition Democratic Alliance expressed "outrage and concern" at
Terre'Blanche's murder and cited the recent controversy triggered by Malema.
Terre'Blanche founded the white supremacist AWB in 1970, to oppose what he
regarded as the liberal policies of the then South African leader, John Vorster.
His party tried terrorist tactics and threatened civil war in the run-up to
South Africa's first democratic elections in 1994, won by the ANC and Nelson
Mandela, who became the country's first black president.
In 1998, Terre'Blanche accepted "political and moral responsibility" before
South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission for a bombing campaign to
disrupt the 1994 elections in which 21 people were killed and hundreds
Terre'Blanche's credibility as a political leader collapsed after the
anti-black threats voiced by the extreme white right proved to be little more
than bluster. Revelations of his extramarital affairs also undermined his
reputation with religious Afrikaners. He was jailed for assaulting a black
petrol attendant and the attempted murder of a black security guard, serving
three years of a five-year term before his release in 2004.
He said last year that he had revived the AWB after several years of
inactivity and that it would join with like-minded forces to push for secession
from South Africa. "The circumstances in the country demanded it," he told South
Africa's Mail & Guardian newspaper. "The white man in South Africa
is realising that his salvation lies in self-government in territories paid for
by his ancestors."
Terre'Blanche said he wanted to organise a referendum for those who wanted an
independent homeland, where English would be an accepted language along with
Afrikaans. "It's now about the right of a nation that wants to separate itself
from a unity state filled with crime, death, murder, rape, lies and fraud."
Political analysts say that white extremists have little support, but more
than 21 members of the shadowy Boeremag (Boer Force) remain on trial for treason
after being arrested in 2001 and accused of a bombing campaign aimed at
overthrowing the government.
President Jacob Zuma, who took office in May, has courted Afrikaners at a
series of meetings, assuring them they have nothing to fear from his government.
Last week he visited an impoverished white community near
SAfrican white supremacists: Slaying was 'war'
04, 2010 14:42 EST
MICHELLE FAUL, Associated Press
Followers of one of South Africa's
most notorious white supremacists cast
his death as a rallying point for
their cause Sunday, with one top member
claiming his brutal death was "a
declaration of war" by blacks against
supporters blamed his slaying on a ruling party
official's performances of
an apartheid-era song that advocates killing
white farmers. Police, however,
say it appeared to be a wage dispute that
led two of Terreblanche's farm
workers to bludgeon him in his bed Saturday.
South African officials are
trying to ward off any rise in racial tensions
10 weeks before their country
of about 50 million enters the global
spotlight as host of soccer's World
Cup. President Jacob Zuma appealed for
calm following "this terrible deed"
and asked South Africans "not to allow
agent provocateurs to take advantage
of this situation by inciting or
fueling racial hatred."
Minister Nathi Mthetwa said Terreblanche was attacked by a
and a 15-year-old boy, both black. Mthetwa said they were
arrested and would
appear in court Tuesday on murder charges.
Terreblanche, a bearded,
charismatic 69-year-old, co-founded and led the
movement, better known as the AWB, which seeks
an all-white republic within
mostly black South Africa. Its red, white and
black insignia resembles a
Nazi swastika, but with three prongs instead of
emerged in the 1970s to the right of South Africa's apartheid
and had threatened to take the country by force if white rule
ended. He was
known to arrive at meetings on horseback flanked by masked
dressed in khaki or black.
After serving six years in prison for
attacking two black workers, he
re-emerged in 2004 with renewed vigor for
his cause. He lived in relative
obscurity in recent years on his farm
outside Ventersdorp, about 110
kilometers (68 miles) northwest of
Andre Visagie, a top AWB member, said Terreblanche's face
bludgeoned beyond recognition. He said his group would avenge
death, but he gave no details.
"The death of Mr.
Terreblanche is a declaration of war by the black
community of South Africa
to the white community that has been killed for 10
years on end," Visagie
He also said the group will urge soccer teams to avoid the World
Cup out of
Visagie would not say how many people
belong to the AWB. At the height of
its influence in the early 1990s, it was
believed to have no more than
Visagie echoed other
members of the group in blaming African National
Congress Youth Leader
Julius Malema, saying he spread hate speech that led
Malema incited controversy last month when he led college
students in a song
that includes the lyrics "shoot the Boer." Boer means
white farmers in
Afrikaans, the language of descendants of early Dutch
Afrikaners, and is often a derogatory term.
sparked a legal battle in which the ruling ANC party challenged a
that ruled the lyrics as unconstitutional. The ANC insists the
song is a
valuable part of its cultural heritage and that the lyrics --
refer to the farmers as thieves and rapists -- are not intended
and are therefore not hate speech.
Visagie cited the controversy as he
dismissed the condolences Zuma offered
to Terreblanche's family.
message to Jacob Zuma is 'Why, Mr. President, do you offer your
to us if you could've repudiated Mr. Malema and prevented the
death of Mr.
The ANC defended itself against the claims of
"The black community has never
declared war on any other nationality in
South Africa," ANC spokesman
Jackson Mthembu told The Associated Press. "It
is in fact incorrect and
these are sentiments that fuel polarization of the
Malema denied responsibility during an official visit to
"ANC will respond to that issue," he said "On a
personal capacity, I'm not
going to respond to what people are saying. I'm
in Zimbabwe now, I'm not
linked to this."
An unknown number of white
farmers have been killed since the end of
apartheid in 1994, many of them in
land disputes. Some critics blame the
government's badly organized land
reform program and say corruption is a
problem. White farmers have also been
accused of killing black farm workers.
Terreblanche's killing comes amid
growing disenchantment among blacks for
whom the right to vote has not
translated into jobs, better housing or
themselves betrayed by leaders governing Africa's richest
pursuing a policy of black empowerment that has made
millionaires of a tiny
black elite. Millions of blacks remain trapped in
poverty, even as whites
continue to enjoy a privileged lifestyle.
Mthetwa, the police minister,
appealed for calm.
"We call on all South Africans, across whatever divide
... to desist from
making any inflammatory statements which are not going to
help in any way on
the case we are dealing with," he said. "Nobody should
obstruct us by what
he or she says pertaining to this
Relatives and friends of Terreblanche gathered near his homestead
morning to pay their respects. In the nearby black township of
police cars were dispatched from the nearest city to
Lawrence Schlemmer, vice president of the conservative Institute
Relations, said he believes Terreblanche's death is a personal
would have little impact.
"Eugene Terreblanche has become
an increasingly marginal figure," he said,
adding, "I think it's a personal
tragedy more than anything else. I don't
think there's any political
significance, although I suppose there will be a
measure of sympathy because
of the individual circumstances. He's had a
rough life, and this is a rough
Associated Press Writers Chengetai Zvauya in
Harare, Zimbabwe and Anita
Powell in Johannesburg contributed to this
Zuma calls for calm
after Terre’Blanche murder
By Richard Lapper in
Published: April 4 2010 12:39 | Last updated: April 4 2010
President Jacob Zuma of South Africa has appealed for calm
murder of the fanatical white separatist, Eugene
Terre’Blanche. Mr Terre’Blanche,
who won notoriety in the 1980s and early
1990s for his violent campaign to
stop the dismantling of the apartheid
system, was battered to death on
Saturday at his farm in Ventersdorp, 100
miles north-west of Johannesburg.
His killing comes comes amid anxiety
about a possible rise in racial
tensions in some rural areas, partly fuelled
by fresh controversy
surrounding Julius Malema, the firebrand leader of the
National Congress’s unruly youth league. Mr Malema who has
recently taken at
public gatherings to singing a song entitled “Kill the
Boer, Kill the
Farmer” that dates from the armed struggle to overthrow
recently banned from doing so by one of the country’s high
courts on the
grounds that it was unconstitutional.
Terre’Blanche, 69, was killed following an argument with two young black
workers over wages. Both suspects have been arrested said police chiefs who
have visited the dead man’s family.
Mr Zuma condemned in the
“strongest possible terms” the killing and in a
statement asked: “South
Africans not to allow agent provocateurs to take
advantage of this situation
by inciting or fuelling racial hatred.” South
Africa’s main opposition
party also moved swiftly to “urge calm”.
Hellen Zille, leader of the
Democratic Alliance, however, warned that the
murder would “inevitably
polarize and inflame passions in South Africa at a
time when tensions are
already running high. This could have tragic
consequences and it is
essential that all leaders stand together now.”
Although Mr Zuma’s ANC
has condemned the legal ruling against Mr Malema, Ms
Zille warned that the
singing of such songs “creates a climate in which
violence is seen as an
appropriate response to problems, whether personal or
Afriforum, an Afrikaner rights group that has lodged the
against Mr Malema, said “all communities – white, as well
as black – should
refrain from reckless statements and from romanticising
Mr Malema spent the weekend in Zimbabwe, where he again sang
the “Kill the
Boer” song, arguing that the interdict did not apply in the
country. Mr Malema was visiting Zimbabwe to cement ties with
Zanu PF and wanted to learn more about that government’s
The Youth League leader has repeatedly called
for South Africa’s
strategically important mining industry to be
nationalised. The ANC
government has repeatedly insisted that
nationalisation is not its policy,
although the administration does intend
to form a state-owned mining
Mr Malema will shortly visit
Venezuela, Cuba, China, Brazil and Chile on a
tour of nationalisation
hears Zimplats’ indigenisation plans
by Own Correspondent Monday 05 April
HARARE – African National Congress (ANC) youth league leader
on Sunday toured platinum giant Zimplats where he heard
empowerment plans by Zimbabwe’s largest single
The firebrand youth leader of South Africa’s ruling ANC party
Harare on Friday on a visit to study President Robert Mugabe's
nationalise the economy.
Sources who attended the meeting
at Zimplats said Malema, who has called for
nationalisation of South African
firms, did not say anything during the
closed door meeting with Zimplats
management and officials where he heard
submissions Zimplats had made to
comply with the country’s 51 percent
empowerment laws announced by
indigenization Minister Saviour Kasukuwere
not say anything during that meeting," a source said speaking on
that they were not named. "He just sat there, quietly listening to
discussion. Nothing much was discussed because minister Saviour
was not in.”
Zimplats and beverages conglomerate Delta are some of the
foreign-controlled firms operating in Zimbabwe that have submitted
empowerment proposals in compliance with government’s indigenisation
The Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment Act which
was gazetted in
February and became effective on March states that foreign
firms valued at a
half a billion dollars or more should cede 51 percent of
The indigenisation regulations gave
foreign-owned companies 45 days to
submit proposals to the government on how
they plan to bring on board the
rules have been a source of controversy and besides
dividing the unity
government along party lines, they have rattled foreign
analysts say may continue to stay away from the country.
Mugabe’s ZANU PF party wants to press ahead with transferring
ownership of foreign-owned companies as part of a drive to reward
loyalists with thriving businesses.
Mugabe's decade-long invasions of
white-owned farms which the 86-year-old
leader says were necessary to ensure
blacks also had access to arable land
that they were denied by previous
white-led governments have been blamed for
plunging Zimbabwe into food
Once a net food exporter Zimbabwe has avoided mass starvation
over the past
decade only because international relief agencies were quick
to chip in with
Meanwhile Malema addressed a ZANU PF
rally on Saturday at Stodart Hall in
Harare’s Mbare suburb where he
denounced targeted sanctions Western nations
imposed on Mugabe and his inner
circle over human rights abuses.
"We as ANC we stand them against the
issue of sanctions,” said Malema. "We
must survive with or without the
Speaking on South African President Jacob Zuma’s mediation
efforts in the
ongoing power-sharing talks between Zimbabwe’s coalition
told ZANU PF supporters that Zuma was only a facilitator,
responsible for their destiny.
“President Zuma can
only act as a mediator to the problems of Zimbabwe, but
the solution must
come from the people of Zimbabwe themselves, but we
support the armed
struggle," he said.
Zuma is the Southern African Development Community’s
mediator in Zimbabwe
and had given Mugabe’s ZANU PF party and the two former
formations of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and his deputy
Mutambara up to last Monday to resolve their differences and submit a
to him, a deadline the Zimbabweans failed to meet.
Zimbabwean talks have dragged on since the country’s three main
parties agreed to form a power-sharing government in February
letter to President Mugabe
by Psychology Maziwisa Monday 05 April
OPINION: Head of State and Government, Commander-in-Chief of the
Forces, Your Excellency President of the Republic of
I imagine that you are aware of the political, economic and
of our country and hope that sooner rather than later you
will find it
within yourself to do what is right for the millions of
Zimbabweans who, in
1980, made a democratic choice and overwhelmingly
mandated you to lead them
"through a free and fair election, conducted in
the full glare of the world's
You delivered a moving
speech on April 17 1980 in which you correctly
elevated unity over enmity,
foresight over hindsight, love over hate and
You explained, Mr President, that "our majority rule could
easily turn into
inhuman rule if we oppressed, persecuted or harassed those
who do not look
or think like the majority of us". I am not precisely sure
you are still in
the majority but it was a point well
"Democracy," you said, "is never mob rule. It is and should remain
disciplined rule requiring compliance with the law and social rules." You
explained further: "Our independence must thus not be construed as an
instrument vesting individuals or groups with the right to harass and
intimidate others into acting against their will." Indeed.
years on, however, Zimbabwe is stuck with the same head of state and
government, and commander-in-chief of the defence forces. If you must know,
Mr President, this tragic state of affairs has not come about of our own
volition. The right to vote for a government of our choice has effectively
been negated through ZANU PF's manipulation of the political environment by
means of sustained violence, intimidation, abduction and unlawful killings
contrary, Mr President, to your fine words of April 17, 1980.
these atrocities have been, and continue to be, committed largely by the
government over which you preside. Given the protracted period of their
occurrence and their sustained nature it is almost impossible to suppose
that this has all been happening outside of your knowledge. Indeed, there is
compelling evidence both tacit and express that you have been and still are
behind these inequities every step of the way.
I fail to comprehend
how as a person and as a Zimbabwean you choose to
remain indifferent to the
hungry and desperate voices of the very people you
Zimbabwean culture enjoins me to relate to you with deference owing
age disparity between ourselves but the truth of the matter, Mr
is that I am literally disgusted by your sort of leadership
the light of your stunning indifference to a humanitarian
by your own greed and that of your stalwarts.
me, in the interest of brevity, set aside the Gukurahundi atrocity in
about 20 000 innocent Zimbabweans were killed at your behest. Let me,
now, set aside the fact that many people were persecuted, some of them
unlawfully killed in the period leading up to and during the 2002
presidential election. I will ignore, for now, Mr President, the bloodshed
towards and during both the March 29 harmonised election and the June 27
I am again going to suspend any discussion of
Murambatsvina which had the
direct effect of displacing hundreds of
thousands of our people, effectively
rendering them refugees in their own
country and disrupted school for
Mr President, I
choose again to leave the Chiadzwa fiasco untouched despite
members of the
military having killed between 200 and 300 of our innocent
dozens of them women and children.
Let me instead draw your attention to
the global political agreement (GPA)
in pursuance of which the inclusive
government was born. It is a matter of
public record that it is not your
intention to honour this agreement let
alone help in the restoration of
democracy to Zimbabwe.
You are alive, Mr President, to the reality that
ZANU PF cannot and will not
win any free and fair election. At least not in
the foreseeable future.
It is your desire, therefore, to frustrate the
work of the unity government
by today creating the impression that you are
committed to the letter of the
GPA only to surprise every progressive soul
with your seemingly intransigent
What kind of a
leader sets conditions for the salvation of his own people?
enjoy universally recognised basic liberties?
Yet I am certain, Mr
President, that if you could be trusted to make good
your promise to allow
democracy to prevail on those conditions being met;
the sanctions would go
within hours. Unfortunately, you cannot be trusted.
It is as simple as
One would have hoped that instead of being lectured by the likes of
Zuma who, by all accounts, was your junior back in the day, on how to
concede this or that function and functionary, you devote your energies now
towards preparing Zimbabwe for a peaceful transition to democracy; that,
during the course of doing so, you negotiate your exit requesting written
undertakings from all concerned that you will be immune from prosecution
both domestically and internationally.
It is not helpful, Mr
President, at age 86 to seek, by one means or another
to retain the
presidency of a country you have already badly run for 30
years and left in
a ruinous state. It is not helpful either to proudly
declare that if ZANU PF
calls on me to stand for another term I shall gladly
President, I implore you, in the circumstances, to find it within
to recognise the gravity of the crisis caused by yourself and those
nothing to lose but everything to gain from your repressive rule.
starting point for this, Mr President, is that you swiftly prepare for
exit while helping prepare our country for the coming of democracy.
in the best interest of our country that you take this approach.
is coming. You may succeed in delaying, but never in stopping, the
democracy to Zimbabwe. It is inescapable.
Psychology Maziwisa - ZimOnline