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This resource is hosted by the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, but was compiled and authored by Padraig O’Malley. It is the product of almost two decades of research and includes analyses, chronologies, historical documents, and interviews from the apartheid and post-apartheid eras.

Afrikaner Resistance Movement (Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging, AWB)

A para-military, neo-Nazi political grouping comprised of ultra-right wing Afrikaners. It was formed under the fiery Eugène Terre'Blanche in 1973 and aimed to re-introduce independence on the old Boer republic model. In the 1990s when the government announced its intention to move towards democracy the AWB vowed to stop the negotiations. In 1993 a group of AWB members stormed the World Trade Centre at Kempton Park where discussions were being held, causing extensive damage to the building before being evicted. Its attempts to disrupt the 1994 elections with bomb blasts also failed.

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