S Africa – Terre Blanche trial verdict due

Mail and Guardian

The beginning of the end of Eugene Terre’Blanche’s murder trial is potentially explosive, but police (and the AWB) say they’re not expecting trouble.

AWB members and flag

Several right-wing groups expect supporters – some in camouflage uniform and some armed with handguns – to gather at the Ventersdorp court on Tuesday morning, when judgment in the Eugene Terre’Blanche murder trial is due to begin. But although emotions will run high, and even though at least one group said it was prepared for violence if pushed, serious violence seems unlikely.

“Let me put it this way: If people want to take the law into their own hands there is not a lot we can do, but as an organisation we will accept the ruling of the court,” said Steyn van Ronge on Sunday, who took over as leader of the Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging (AWB) after Terre’Blanche’s death.

“If justice is not done we’ll consider our legal options. We are not calling for violence.”

In April, at the close of the trial, Judge John Horn warned that the judgment would be a long one, but it is not known whether delivery will take more than a day. An appeal in what became a complex and long-running matter is also anticipated, regardless of the outcome.

The AWB, like several other far-right groups, were concerned that one of the accused in the murder of Terre’Blanche will be found not guilty of murder due to technical and procedural problems with the case against him as a minor. That, the groups agreed, would be a miscarriage of justice, and would variously be construed as an outrage against the memory of Terre’Blanche, or proof that the government was not concerned with the safety of white farmers. Read more

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