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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 It is the product of almost two decades of research and includes analyses, chronologies, historical documents, and interviews from the apartheid and post-apartheid eras.

Terre'Blanche, Eugene

1944 -

Born and educated in Ventersdorp, in 1973 he launched the Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweeging (Afrikaner Resistance Movement - AWB). Terre'Blanche was a founder member of the Afrikaner Volkswag, a conservative Afrikaner cultural society established in 1984. Early in 1986 he announced the establishment of the Brandwag (Sentry), an armed commando-type organisation under the aegis of the AWB.

As a form of protest to the transitional processes underway at CODESA, Terre'Blanche and members of the AWB smashed through the glass doors of the venue of the CODESA settlement talks in mid-1993 in an attempt to disrupt negotiations. Also in 1993 he led AWB members in a vain attempt to support President Mangope of the Bophuthaswana homeland.

He did not accept the outcome of the first democratic election in 1994 in South Africa and continued to claim rights for an Afrikaner state, in isolation from the rest of South Africa. He spent five years in jail for assault in a politically motivated skirmish and was released in June 2004.

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