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Rhetoric at risk of drawing people back into Apartheid conflicts

by - Africa Correspondent

Political groups such as the white supremacist one that Eugene Terre'Blanche led remain at the fringes of society in South Africa.

However, their influence is exaggerated by the fact that the average white South African still earns seven times as much as the average black South African.

Race scandals come around every couple of weeks, the last one being the suggestion that South Africa's last white president F.W. de Klerk endorsed the idea of separate homelands for people based on their ethnicity.

The rhetoric here sometimes appears to be drawing people back into the conflicts of Apartheid, but that never quite materialises.

People are more concerned about issues like poverty, aids and public corruption. Everyone is disappointed by the progress of change in South Africa.

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Farm worker found guilty of Eugene Terre'Blanche's murder

Chris Mahlangu, (L) and Patrick Ndlovu, (R), sit inside the court in Ventersdorp, South Africa,
Chris Mahlangu, (L) and Patrick Ndlovu, (R), sit inside the court in Ventersdorp, South Africa, Credit: AP/Press Association

South African farm worker, Chris Mahlangu, has been found guilty of murdering the white supremacist leader Eugene Terre'Blanche in 2010.

Patrick Ndlovu, who was co-accused, was found not guilty of murder but convicted of housebreaking with intent to rob and attempted of robbery.

There have been protests outside the courthouse in Ventersdorp where the trial took place.

Members of the Afrikaner Resistance Movement (AWB) protest outside the court in Ventersdorp, South Africa
Members of the Afrikaner Resistance Movement (AWB) protest outside the court in Ventersdorp, South Africa Credit: AP/Press Association

Supporters of the two black farm workers also demonstrated outside the court.

Protesters demonstrate outside the court in Ventersdorp, South Africa,
Supporters of the two farm workers demonstrate outside the court in Ventersdorp, South Africa, Credit: AP/Press Association

Supporters divided outside Eugene Terre'Blanche trial courthouse

by - Africa Correspondent
A supporter of Eugene Terre'Blanche is pictured outside the the courthouse in Ventersdorp
A supporter of Eugene Terre'Blanche is pictured outside the the courthouse in Ventersdorp Credit: ITN News/Rohit Kachroo

Members of Terre'Blanche's far-right Afrikaaner Weerstands Beweging party have been linking hands in prayer outside a court house, in the north-western town of Ventersdorp, where two farm workers stand accused of his murder.

The defendants' supporters have been singing, and holding signs with slogans including 'AWB: Animals Without Brains'.

Supporters of the farm workers have set up a counter-protests outside the courthouse
Supporters of the farm workers accused of killing Eugene Terre'Blanche have set up a counter-protests outside the courthouse Credit: ITN News/Rohit Kachroo

South Africa awaits Eugene Terre'Blanche murder trial verdict

by - Africa Correspondent
Eugene Terre'Blanche addresses a gathering of right-wingers at the Voortrekker Monument near Pretoria in 1993
Two farm workers are accused of killing white supremacist leader Eugene Terre'Blanche in South Africa in 2010 Credit: Reuters

A verdict is due in the trial of two farm workers accused of killing white supremacist leader Eugene Terre'Blanche in South Africa in 2010.

Chris Mahlangu, 29, and an 18-year-old man, who cannot be named, deny the charges which include murder and robbery with aggravating circumstances,

Prosecutors allege that the men attacked Terre'Blanche with a pipe as he slept at his farm.

The pair admitted that they had rowed with Terre'Blanche over pay, but claim that they discovered his body and called the police.

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