Race War In South Africa before the World Cup ?

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PostMon Apr 05, 2010 4:06 pm » by -Marduk-


South Africa assures World Cup fans of safety after Terre'Blanche murder

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Hacked to death and mutilated by his farm workers

South Africa has sought to allay fears over fans' safety at the football World Cup after the killing of a white supremacist inflamed racial tensions in the country.Eugene Terre'Blanche's rightwing Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging (AWB) movement has warned football teams and fans to think twice about coming to "a land of murder" after its leader's killing. Police minister Nathi Mthetwa visited the murder scene and admitted he was concerned about its impact on the country's image before the World Cup. But he said: "With the plans we've put in place, we've got a tough stand in the fight against crime. We're starting to see the results. There will be no person who can commit a crime in South Africa and get away scot free without feeling the full might of the law. "We are South Africans and we must build a South Africa that is free from racial polarisation."

About 450,000 visitors were originally predicted for the World Cup, which beings in nine weeks, although slow take-up of hotel rooms suggests the real figure will be significantly lower. South Africa has been under constant scrutiny ahead of the tournament because of its high rate of violent crime. An average of 50 people are murdered every day, most of them poor and black. The governing African National Congress moved to limit damage caused by the AWB's remarks, which were widely reported. Jackson Mthembu, a national spokesman for the ANC, said: "We don't think that it's the right thing to do. This is a World Cup for all of us, not only black people of this country. And we have to give all the support we can for the World Cup to happen here in South Africa. "We think our compatriots in the AWB should do the same as other patriotic South Africans."

Terre'Blanche's face was "unrecognisable" after he was bludgeoned and hacked to death on Saturday in what police described as a wage dispute with two black farm workers. Fierce debate about the murder has raged on TV, radio and the internet but there have been no reports of politically motivated violence. The Star newspaper reported that people celebrated in townships near Terre'Blanche's farm in Ventersdrop, North-West province. "They leapt into the air screaming 'The dog is dead!'" Pandora Ngubelanga told the paper, describing the alleged culprits as heroes. She said: "Terre'Blanche did a lot of bad things to people and he got away scot free. So the law failed us. But these two brave men have avenged for us."


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In a TV interview, Jacob Zuma, the president, has appealed to political leaders to think before they speak to avoid deepening racial divisions. "This happening must indeed say to us as leaders we need to think before we make statements in public that might be misunderstood to be encouraging the opposite of what we are trying to do – build our new nation," Zuma said. "It is important that all leaders, from political formations and non-governmental organisations, unite for the call for calm in this country." Zuma's spokesman said the call was directed at all leaders including Julius Malema, the leader of the ANC's youth wing, who has been blamed for Terre'Blanche's murder because of his singing of an apartheid era song lyric, "shoot the boer". FW de Klerk, South Africa's last white president, appealed for calm. "It remains to be seen whether the 'shoot the boer' song played a role in Mr Terre'Blanche's murder," he said. "However at the very least it may have contributed to an atmosphere in which impressionable young black farm workers might have felt that their actions were somehow justified."

Helen Zille, the leader of the opposition Democratic Alliance, called for political leaders to hold the middle ground. "The singing of songs such as 'shoot the boer' creates a climate in which violence is seen as an appropriate response to problems, whether personal or collective," she said. "These words have been correctly described by the courts as hate speech." The family of one of the suspects, a 15-year-old, told the Star that police woke them at 5am the day after the killing with news of his arrest. The teenager's father, who could not be named for legal reasons, was quoted by the paper as saying: "I have nowhere to go but I am scared that my family is going to be attacked. I still don't know what got into that boy because he has caused such a huge problem for the community, not just his family." The remnants of Terre'Blanche's AWB has vowed to exact vengeance for the killing. Andre Visagie, the AWB's secretary general, said: "We are going to finish with the funeral arrangements and thereafter have a summit conference on 1 May in Pretoria where all our leaders and members of the AWB will come together and decide on what actions we will take to revenge Terre'Blanche's death." The suspects, aged 28 and 15, are due to appear in court on Tuesday.

Eugene Terre'Blanche's life and times

31 January 1941 Born in Ventersdorp.
1973 Founds the Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging party (AWB).
1980 Registers AWB as a political party, Die Witvolkparty (White People's party).
1983 Stands trial on terrorism charges, receives a suspended sentence.
1989 Accusations linking Terre'Blanche with journalist Jani Allan cause a schism in AWB. The scandal scuppers his intention to run as a political candidate.
1991 Charged with assault of an elderly black man at a farm near Ventersdorp.
1993 Convicted of public violence and fined 10,000 rand (£910), for sparking a riot in 1991 that led to three deaths.
1997 Sentenced to six years for the attempted murder of his black security guard, Paul Motshabi, who was beaten in March 1996, and of assaulting gas station attendant John Ndzima by setting his dog on him.
1998 Appears before South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), accepting responsibility for an AWB bombing campaign during the 1994 elections that killed 21.
1993 Granted amnesty by the TRC over his role in the 1991 riot, and for tarring and feathering a professor in 1979; features in Nick Broomfield's controversial documentary The Leader, His Driver and the Driver's Wife.
2000 Serves five months of his one-year sentence for the attack on Ndzima
2001 Jailed for the attempted murder of Motshabi after his appeal fails.
2004 Released from jail after serving half of his six-year sentence; comes 25th in a TV poll of great South Africans.
2009 Announced plans to apply to the UN for an independent Afrikaner republic.
3 April 2010 Killed at his farm outside Ventersdorp.
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PostMon Apr 05, 2010 4:22 pm » by -Marduk-


South Africa fears race riots over World Cup

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The World Cup could lead to more illegal immigrantion to South Africa and more race riots, officials fear. South Africa has an estimated 3 million to 5 million undocumented African immigrants in a population of 47 million, according to the South African Institute of Race Relations, and their presence has already sparked bloodshed. Now some are predicting eased entry procedures for the month-long tournament will make things worse. George Khola, 36, a Ghanaian who sells fruit and vegetables at a Johannesburg market, is sure that the migrant numbers will soar with the approach of the games. "This is the chance," he said. "The whole of West Africa will come."

Others say that with or without the World Cup, the migrants will keep coming in search of jobs, or as refugees from persecution and poverty. "We know that South Africa is a magnet for migration on the continent," said Morne Fourie of the government agency that regulates immigration. Dr. Darshan Vigneswaran, a migration expert at Johannesburg's University of Witwatersrand, says migrants will keep coming because entry can easily be obtained by paying a bribe at the border. The government says it is working on ways to balance welcoming fans without compromising borders. "This is Africa's World Cup, not just South Africa's," Fourie said. South Africa is spending nearly $145 million to streamline entry for the games. It is the first World Cup host to offer an "event visa" for visitors from countries lacking visa-free arrangements with the host government. They will have to show a purchased match ticket, an address while in South Africa and a return ticket home. Immigration officials will run spot checks on the addresses and deport overstayers. But finding them could be difficult. Once inside South Africa, it should be easy to melt in among the illegal immigrants already here.


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Fourie acknowledged that corruption at border posts is a problem and believes that machine-readable passports would help to curb it. Tensions were ignited in the spring of 2008 when mobs attacked shantytowns where immigrants live, killing more than 70 people and scaring thousands into leaving the country. "That powder keg is still there," said Vigneswaran. Nde Ndifonka of the International Organization for Migration said such violence is one of its biggest concerns, but doubted many migrants who attend the World Cup would stay. However many believe Africa's borders shouldn't matter. On a wall near Khola's fruit stand, graffiti was scrawled on a wall: "Who Drew the Borders Anyway?"
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PostMon Apr 05, 2010 4:23 pm » by Scoundrel1975


As a massive football fan club and country i am looking forward to the world cup but i can't help but to feel that there will be some dark moments during the tournament, alot of Sth Africans have things they want to get off their chests to the world and the Sth Africans know the world will be watching :think:
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PostMon Apr 05, 2010 4:25 pm » by -Marduk-


Eugene Terre'Blanche Killing – White Supremacists Vow Revenge

A white supremacist group in South Africa today vowed to exact revenge for the death of their leader as the country's president, Jacob Zuma, sought to calm growing racial tensions. Eugene Terre'Blanche, leader of the Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging (AWB) movement, was found bludgeoned and hacked to death on Saturday at his farm in Ventersdrop. Two black farm workers involved in an apparent wage dispute were arrested at the scene. The AWB has since ramped up the language of a race war. Its spokesman, Andre Visagie, said: "The death of Mr Terre'Blanche 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 warned other countries to avoid sending their football teams to the World Cup in June as they would be travelling "to a land of murder". He added: "We will decide upon the action we are going to take to avenge Mr Terre'Blanche's death." The AWB accused Julius Malema, leader of the youth wing of the ANC, of having blood on his hands. It blamed the killing on the recent apartheid-era protest song proclaiming the words "shoot the boer"....

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PostMon Apr 05, 2010 4:30 pm » by Scoundrel1975


Yep dark days indeed come june in S Africa :roll:
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PostMon Apr 05, 2010 4:49 pm » by -Marduk-


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PostMon Apr 05, 2010 5:03 pm » by Wolfbane7272


lol i think its funny how the white supremacist vows revenge for these crimes , when on a daily basis they spew the very hate that has come home to roost in their own backyard,murder is murder there is no denying that and because of ones belief a life has been taken , but the end result is society will not tolerate this anymore , the chains of oppression are growing weaker by the moment , one only needs look around the globe
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PostMon Apr 05, 2010 5:08 pm » by -Marduk-


As a world-cup tourist, i would be very careful in June... :nwo:
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PostMon Apr 05, 2010 5:15 pm » by Scoundrel1975


marduk2012 wrote:As a world-cup tourist, i would be very careful in June... :nwo:


l shall be watching from the comfort and safety of my living room and local pub
There will be sweat in the stadiums and blood on the streets
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