Black South Africans, people of African descent all over the world and anyone who is against injustice will be celebrating the death of white terrorist and supremacist Eugene Terreblanche, for black South Africans his death results in one less white terrorist.
On Sunday, April 4, news reports surfaced that white supramacist Eugene Terreblanche was allegedly murdered by two black farm workers.
Terreblanche was the leader of the Afrikaner Resistance Movement (AWB), which opposed any rights for the black South African majority and wanted a separate Afrikaner republic for whites.
Terreblanche’s terrorism against black South Africans
Terreblanche had a history of terrorism against black South Africans. The AWB proudly displayed the Nazi swastika image as part of their symbol and Terreblanche threatened civil war when Nelson Mandela and the African National Congress was handed power and he followed through.
In 1994 Terreblanche and a truck-load of white farmers tried to enter Bophuthatswana, an independent black homeland for Tswana-speaking people, they threw grenades and shot to death many innocent black South African civilians.
In June 2001, he was sentenced to six years imprisonment for a brutal racist assault on petrol station worker John Ndzima, who he set his dog upon, and also the vicious racist attack on security guard Paul Motshabi, who worked on his farm in 1996. Motshabi suffered brain damage after the attack and is now permanently disabled.
The media’s double standards on white terrorism
Following Terreblanche’s death the mainstream media seem to be oddly detached and objective choosing instead to concentrate on the racial tensions his death could cause.
The BBC’s headline was “Race hate lives on in ‘rainbow nation‘”, (6 April) choosing to focus on the racial hatred which still exists between black South Africans and whites. Ignoring the history of white rule and terrorism against black South Africans the BBC story gives the impression that whites in South Africa are victims which is clearly not the case.
Sky News went one step further with the confusing title “Anger At Court Over Slain White Power Leader” (6 April), surely the term ‘white power’ is a contradiction as whites have had the power in South Africa for a long time and arguably still do economically and in terms of land ownership. Why did Sky News choose to use this term? Was it a form of sympathy for Terreblanche and his ideals? One can only speculate.
One thing that does not call for speculation is the fact that if Terreblanche was a Muslim militant, killed by whites the media would most likely justify the killing of a ‘terrorist’ and call for leniency for the perpetrators. Sky News certainly would not title their story ‘Anger At Court over Slain Muslim Power Leader’, and the BBC would certainly not speak about the hatred of both sides.
Former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair told the Iraq War Inquiry in January 2010, that the world was safer without Saddam Hussein. The media broadly agreed with these principles, therefore it is justified for black South Africans and people of African descent all over the world to celebrate the death of the white terrorist Eugene Terreblanche and to say that the African world is a better place without him.
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