Eugene Terre Blanche
|Succeeded by||Steyn van Ronge|
|Born||Eugène Ney Terre'Blanche
(1941-01-31)31 January 1941
Ventersdorp, Transvaal Province, Union of South Africa
|Died||3 April 2010(2010-04-03) (aged 69)
Ventersdorp, North West Province, South Africa
|Political party||Herstigte Nasionale Party
(m. 19?? – 2010; his death)
|Residence||Ventersdorp, North West Province, South Africa|
|Occupation||Police officer (SAP), farmer, political activist|
|Religion||Afrikaanse Protestantse Kerk (APK)|
Die groot leier van die AWB wat alles gedoen het vir sy mense
'N groot leier vir ons Mense en ons Vaderland, en hy sal altyd wees.
'n man eg geveg het vir sy land en sy mense.
SY NAAM SAL HOOG GEDRA WOORD VIR WAT HY VIR ONS VOLK GEDOEN HET
EN BAIE MENSE HET NET WEG GEKRY
MAAR DIE DAG SAL KOM EN HULLE SAL WENS HY WAS NOG BY ONS
Eugène Ney Terre'Blanche (31 January 1941– 3 April 2010) was a South African political activist who founded the
Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging (AWB).
Born an Afrikaner in Ventersdorp, Transvaal, he developed an early interest in politics, becoming a police officer. Joining the Herstigte Nasionale Party which established apartheid in 1948, he founded the AWB as a secret society in 1973, after increasing disillusionment with the National party during the apartheid era. During the 1980s and early 1990s, he became known for threatening civil war to maintain white rule in South Africa.After the country's transition to post-apartheid democracy, he revised his stances and urged his followers to push for independence in an independent Afrikaner homeland, which he frequently referred to as a "Boerevolkstaat". Terre'Blanche led the organisation until his death in 2010.
Terre'Blanche spent three years in prison for assaulting a black petrol station worker and for the attempted murder of a black security guard in 1996. On 3 April 2010, he was hacked and beaten to death on his farm by a black farm labourer, allegedly over a wage dispute. Terre'Blanche's supporters have said that the murder is part of a larger pattern of anti-white farm murders in South Africa
The progenitor of the Terre'Blanche name (translatable as either 'white land' or 'white earth' in French) in the region was a French Huguenot refugee, Estienne Terreblanche from Toulon (Provence), who arrived at the Cape in 1704, fleeing anti-Protestant persecution in France. The Terreblanche name has generally retained its original spelling though other spellings include Terre'Blanche, Terre Blanche, Terblanche and Terblans.
Born on a farm in the Transvaal town of Ventersdorp on 31 January 1941, Terre'Blanche attended Laerskool Ventersdorp and Hoër Volkskool in Potchefstroom, matriculating in 1962. While in school, he gave early expression to his political leanings by founding the cultural organisation Jong Afrikanerharte (Young Afrikaner Hearts).
He joined the South African Police, and was initially deployed in South West Africa (now Namibia), which had been given to South Africa under a League of Nations Trust mandate after World War I. Upon returning to South Africa proper, he became a Warrant Officer in the Special Guard Unit, which was assigned to members of the Cabinet