South Africa's Terreblanche hacked to death

Neo-Nazi leader who fought for all-white state – and was convicted of trying to kill black employee – is murdered by farm workers

South African neo-Nazi leader Eugene Terreblanche has been hacked to death in his sleep by two workers on his farm after what was believed to be a dispute over unpaid wages.

Police arrived at the farm in Ventersdorp in the western Transvaal at 5pm yesterday and found Terreblanche, 69, on his bed with serious wounds to his head and body. They also found a knobkerrie and a panga – a machete used for chopping vegetation – abandoned nearby.

Terreblanche died in hospital two hours later, South African media reported. Andre Visagie of the Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging, or Afrikaner Resistance Movement (AWB), told the website News24 that Terreblanche had been so badly beaten "he did not look like Eugene any more".

Police captain Adele Myburgh said a 16-year-old youth and a 21-year-old man who worked on the farm had been arrested and charged with murder. She said they had told officers there had been a dispute because they had not been paid.

Despite a revival within his party over the past two years, Terreblanche had lived in relative obscurity following his release from jail in 2004 after serving a six-year sentence for the attempted murder in 1996 of a poor black labourer employed on his farm. He left Paul Motshabi brain-damaged and crippled after beating him with a blunt instrument, allegedly for taking a break without permission, and at the same trial was convicted of setting his dog on a petrol station attendant.

His death comes as rising concerns over increasing racial polarisation in South Africa have been sharpened by an incident in which the head of the ruling ANC's youth league sang a song with the lyrics "Kill the Boer".

A former policeman, Eugene Terreblanche and six others founded the AWB in 1972 in response to what he saw as increasingly liberal policies from the South African government which he feared would lead to the end of apartheid.

Fighting for an all-white state in which black people would be permitted only as guest workers, for more than 20 years he trod a fine line between politics and terrorism. He became increasingly high-profile, arriving on horseback at the head of rallies of his uniformed paramilitaries, flanked by masked bodyguards dressed in khaki or black. His supporters brandished guns, police batons and knives. But despite his outward menace, his overblown rhetoric lacked coherence and he once fell off his horse at one of his own parades. He was mercilessly exposed by the British filmmaker Nick Broomfield in his 1991 documentary The Leader, His Driver and the Driver's Wife, followed in 2006 by His Big White Self.

In January 1989, Terreblanche faced a revolt within the AWB after he was found in the grounds of an Afrikaner monument late at night in the company of journalist and former model Jani Allan. They denied a romance, but several supporters angry over allegations of womanising and drinking urged Terreblanche to quit. He refused.

Terreblanche threatened to take the country by force if the white government capitulated to the African National Congress, but after the ANC won an overwhelming mandate in the 1994 elections, his party almost disappeared.

In 1998, Terreblanche accepted "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.

News
Emma Watson has become the latest target of the 4Chan nude hacking scandal
peopleThreats follows actress' speech on feminism and equality at the UN
News
Alan Bennett criticised the lack of fairness in British society encapsulated by the private school system
peopleBut he does like Stewart Lee
Sport
David Moyes and Louis van Gaal
football
Arts and Entertainment
Sheridan Smith as Cilla Black and Ed Stoppard as her manager Brian Epstein
tvCilla Episode 2 review: Grit under the glamour in part two of biopic series starring Sheridan Smith
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
News
ebooksAn unforgettable anthology of contemporary reportage
Life and Style
tech
Life and Style
Alan Turing, who was convicted of gross indecency in 1952, was granted a royal pardon last year
life
Life and Style
life
Arts and Entertainment
Tennis player Andy Murray's mum Judy has been paired with Anton du Beke for Strictly Come Dancing. 'I'm absolutely delighted,' she said.
tvJudy Murray 'struggling' to let Anton Du Beke take control on Strictly
Life and Style
Vote with your wallet: the app can help shoppers feel more informed about items on sale
lifeNew app reveals political leanings of food companies
Arts and Entertainment
The cover of Dark Side of the Moon
musicCan 'The Endless River' carry on the tradition? See for yourself
Sport
New Zealand fly-half Aaron Cruden pictured in The Zookeeper's Son on a late-night drinking session
rugby
Arts and Entertainment
Worldwide ticket sales for The Lion King musical surpassed $6.2bn ($3.8bn) this summer
tvMusical is biggest grossing show or film in history
Voices
A new app has been launched that enables people to have a cuddle from a stranger
voicesMaybe the new app will make it more normal to reach out to strangers
Arts and Entertainment
Salmond told a Scottish television chat show in 2001that he would also sit in front of a mirror and say things like,
tvCelebrity Trekkies from Alex Salmond to Barack Obama
News
i100
Life and Style
food + drink
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Business Analyst/ Project Manager - Financial Services

£60000 Per Annum: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd: Our client in the Financial...

Cover Supervisors needed in Cheshire & Shropshire

Negotiable: Randstad Education Chester: Job Opportunities for Cover Supervisor...

Welsh Medium Teacher

£85 - £125 per day: Randstad Education Chester: Job Opportunity for Secondary ...

Primary Tutors needed in Chester

Negotiable: Randstad Education Chester: Primary Tutoring in Cheshire West &amp...

Day In a Page

Secret politics of the weekly shop

The politics of the weekly shop

New app reveals political leanings of food companies
Beam me up, Scottie!

Beam me up, Scottie!

Celebrity Trekkies from Alex Salmond to Barack Obama
Beware Wet Paint: The ICA's latest ambitious exhibition

Beware Wet Paint

The ICA's latest ambitious exhibition
Pink Floyd have produced some of rock's greatest ever album covers

Pink Floyd have produced some of rock's greatest ever album covers

Can 'The Endless River' carry on the tradition?
Sanctuary for the suicidal

Sanctuary for the suicidal

One mother's story of how London charity Maytree helped her son with his depression
A roller-coaster tale from the 'voice of a generation'

Not That Kind of Girl:

A roller-coaster tale from 'voice of a generation' Lena Dunham
London is not bedlam or a cradle of vice. In fact it, as much as anywhere, deserves independence

London is not bedlam or a cradle of vice

In fact it, as much as anywhere, deserves independence
Vivienne Westwood 'didn’t want' relationship with Malcolm McLaren

Vivienne Westwood 'didn’t want' relationship with McLaren

Designer 'felt pressured' into going out with Sex Pistols manager
Jourdan Dunn: Model mother

Model mother

Jordan Dunn became one of the best-paid models in the world
Apple still coolest brand – despite U2 PR disaster

Apple still the coolest brand

Despite PR disaster of free U2 album
Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
Manolo Blahnik: The high priest of heels talks flats, Englishness, and why he loves Mary Beard

Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

Scrambled eggs and LSD

Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
'Normcore' fashion: Blending in is the new standing out in latest catwalk non-trend

'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits