Eugene Terreblanche killed in South Africa
April 4, 2010
South African white supremacist leader Eugene Terreblanche has been killed on his farm in the country’s north-west. Mr Terreblanche, 69, was beaten to death after a dispute over unpaid wages, local media reports said. Two people are said to have been arrested…
…more than 3,000 white farmers have been murdered since the end of apartheid in 1994. And it is possible that some people may seek retribution…
See also : “Have No Doubt it is Fear in the Land”: Continuing cycles of Violence in South Africa., Brandon Hamber, Journal of Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Vol.12, No.1 (2000) | Abahlali baseMjondolo (November 5, 2009) | Zabalaza.Net.
Now the shit’s going to fly. Remember that Malema was comparatively safe where [he] was, surrounded by his apologist goons. I doubt whether a mere wage dispute is going to remain as reason enough for a murder of yet another farmer, especially one with the stature of Terreblanche. Good luck Malemsie. Your days will be interesting if not final…
Murder is one of the worst things a human can do but it’s hard to feel sorry for him and I will not condemn the killers without more information.
Shit’s always flying in South Africa, it’s a very violent place. Regarding the exact circumstances under which the vocalist for the Average White Band was killed, who knows? He has a history of violent conflict with his (black) employees, so that his life would end in this manner is not hugely surprising. Regarding the possibility of a backlash, again, who knows? The last time his mob attempted something like that, it ended in disaster, both military and political; I don’t know that anything’s changed which would make any kind of ‘victory’ more likely — quite the opposite.
Who gives a shit what I think.
ah, south africa. that beacon to the world of the triumph of good over evil, of right over reprehensible wrong. of the power of an illiterate democracy to bask in the compassion of its fellow nations while masking its true decadence. whenever i read about south africa, i’m almost compelled to believe all that anarchist jargon about the folly of majority rule. but that isn’t how you people like it to mean, is it? that would go against everything you believed in. i call that hypocracy. i mean, i don’t hear much ranting about smashing the state of south africa. why not? have a good think on that one. you see, south africa was the cause celebre of the left for many years, and when arpartied was overthrown, it was seen as a momentous victory. unfortunately, the country has rapidly deteriorated since then, but to the left, it seems, a veritable garden of eden must exist there now, judging from the silence… “no good sledging poor ol’ seth efrica, it’s perfect now that whitey has been kicked off his ranch”… no, it’s not perfect, it’s a right shithole for the most part, but you can’t rant at south africa because someone will point their finger at you and call you a racist. and we all know, to a lefty, that’s a fate worse than death. so instead you direct your hatred to western countries, ones with good hospitals and schools, with welfare and cold beer. these are the ones you want to destroy. bloody weird, don’t you reckon.
All your complaints demonstrate is your illiteracy and incomprehension — again.
Of course the overthrow of apartheid was celebrated, but while this brought about an end to the solidarity campaigns that couldn’t fail to impress themselves upon your memory, it did not bring about the end of capitalism or the state in southern Africa, and neither, therefore, did it bring about an end to popular struggles.
Go read something. We Are The Poors: Community Struggles In Post-Apartheid South Africa (Monthly Review Press, 2002) by Ashwin Desai, for example, or ‘What ‘Appen To South Africa? 1976-2005: Defiance to Apartheid, Neoliberalism, And Recuperators Of Defiance’ — which places in one volume three critical essays discussing the period in question, and which is available online.
And stop being so tendentious.
PS. Sam Mbah & I.E. Igariwey, African Anarchism: The History of A Movement (See Sharp Press, 1997).
tendentious…i had to look that up. do i detect spite, andy? that’s a shame. please forgive my crass generalizations, i’m just making a point. and sorry, my articulation is a bit wayward. alas, i’m but a poor truck driver. one thing i am perfectly competent with, however, is comprehension. so before you throw another little tanty mate, i suggest you try not being so ‘tendentious’ yourself, and realise that the truth isn’t your own personal dominion. and when you exclude all other truths except your own, you are, in fact, a bigot. anyway, you proved my point, south africa is a no go zone hey. bloody touchy, aren’t we.
worthwhile comment here about the racist’s death :
Petulant commentary from truck drivers on anarchist blogs makes baby Jesus cry.
Nothing surprises me anymore in South Africa.
The [W]est will be handing over millions in aid soon just like the rest of the sh#t hole African nations.
The population of Africa doubles every 24 years. Overpopulation is the biggest threat to Africa. The famines are man made due to overpopulation! Don[‘]t worry movie stars and Christians will feed the millions.
Western aid is made on Western terms, and on the basis that such aid serves Western interests, whether in Africa or elsewhere. Further, the flow of wealth is from Africa to the West, not the other way around (and leaving aside precisely what is meant by the terms ‘Africa’ and the ‘West’, which in reality are largely synonymous with global elites — whatever their location — and the institutions which serve them).
Famine is not caused by over-population, but by a multiplicity of factors. What threatens Africa — by which term I mean the African masses — is by and large composed of the same forces which have spent the better part of the last few centuries plundering its resources, and that is the forces of state and capital.
“Racist, brutal Terre’Blanche may have got his well-deserved come-uppance, but there is little to genuinely celebrate for the country’s desperately poor blacks and whites for whom his death is insignificant and irrelevant; their circumstances of exploitation and exclusion are not likely to be improved anytime soon by the country’s ANC elite.”
~ Death and the Mielieboer: The Eugène Terre’Blanche Murder & Poor-White Canon-fodder in South Africa, Michael Schmidt, April 18, 2010.
I have read further about this incident. Eugene should have been in prison for life. The reason he was killed was his hatred for the majority of humanity.
aaawwww give me a hug, andy. your devotion to the downtrodden is, sniff, beautiful. someone so virtuous must be nicest guy in the world. now that makes jesus happy.