Eugene Terreblanche, the South African white supremacist leader, has been killed on his farm in the northwest of the country.
Reports say the 69-year-old leader of the Afrkaner Resistance Movement was beaten and hacked to death in a dispute over unpaid wages.
Police have arrested two people in connection with his murder and South African President Jacob Zuma has appealed for calm.
Terreblanche, whose name translates as ‘white earth’ in French, campaigned during the 1980s to create a separate whites-only state inside South Africa.
But his political influence waned after the abolition of apartheid in 1991.
His party then resorted to terrorist tactics in an unsuccessful attempt to disrupt South Africa’s first democratic elections in 1994.