Eugene Terreblanche founded the Afrikaner’s Resistance Movement alongside six others in 1972 as a shadowy group seeking to protect the rights of the Boers’ descendants.
White right-wing activity in South Africa died down
after the end of white minority rule in 1994.
But the AWB remained active politically and militarily.
In 1998, Terreblanche admitted “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 injured.
Despite the Commission’s findings, violence and Terreblanche were always close partners.
He served six months in prison in 2000 for assaulting a petrol attendant and setting his dog on him.
A year later, he was jailed for the attempted murder of a farm-worker whom he beat so badly in 1996 that the man was left brain damaged.
He was later jailed for assaulting a security guard and released in 2004.
Terreblanche - a history of violence