News of 69-year-old Eugene Terreblanche’s death
will have been greeted with indifference and even joy by many South Africans despite the gruesome nature of his death.
But there are many people who believe the furore over the ‘Kill the Boer’ song is causing unnecessary divisions.
One Johannesburg resident said: “I wasn’t expecting something like this. I mean Nelson Mandela did this for us and he didn’t say ‘kill the Boer, kill the farmer’. He did it for 27 years and I expect people to forgive and forget. Forget about the past and move on.”
Terreblanche gained notoriety in the early ’80s campaigning on a platform of preserving apartheid and establishing a separate white homeland.
But he had become a symbol of the past.
Patrick Craven of the Congress of South African Trade Unions said: “Cosatu condemns this murder as we would condemn any murder or act of violence against any individual regardless of who it is. Having said that Mr Terreblanche was certainly no friend of democracy and human rights.”
Terreblanche served a three-year prison term after being convicted of the attempted murder of a farm worker 2001.
South African police say Terreblanche was killed in a dispute with two farm labourers over unpaid wages.
A 21-year-old man and a 15-year-old youth have been arrested and charged with his murder.