We remember, Terre’Blanche - Piet Rudolph PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 12 April 2011 20:59

We remember...

Eugene Ney Terre’Blanche
31 JAN 1944 - 3 APRIL 2010

Almost a year has past since the tragic death of this Boer patriot. So sudden and causing such pain. So much he still wanted to do for the cause of the Boers. His sudden death was a definite disadvantage for the struggle for Boer independence.  His death left us with so many questions ─ why now?

Eugene prays in the Laager at Blood River.
Eugene prays in the Laager at Blood River.

Premeditated murder

However, in my mind there is no doubt that his slaying was carefully planned by the forces of darkness to cause the utmost destruction and confusion in our ranks. Especially at this stage when it is obvious to all that our struggle for freedom is gaining momentum and shape. In this struggle the Boer people will perform the major part to obtain freedom. But alas, we are also on dangerous grounds and one wrong decision may cause havoc.

The struggle of the AWB was not that of a political party for votes. It was much more than that. When it was necessary circumstances forced it to resort to un­constitutional methods and to  face the courts of law. Branded as outcasts even by politicians who should have known better. But when he drew the crowds, they were there.

Fact is that our struggle for freedom will not be without blood shed. In this Terre’Blanche would have played a major role. That was the driving force behind his elimination. The old tactic of ignore, create suspicion around bona fides, suggest unstableness and get you in asylum or prison and failure of this methods ─elimination. Our enemies completed the whole circle with him because he was unstoppable.

His last days were not all moonlight and roses. He had to face all sorts of adverse propaganda. I wonder how many sleepless nights did he spend contemplating the direction things were going.

In that sense he was well equipped. A son of the Western Transvaal with its abundance of political upheavals and having grown up in a political active en­vironment he knew the consequences of political struggles. His father was named after the French nobleman, Comte Georges Mareuil de Villebois, who died in a skirmish at Boshof as a Boer General. Oom De Ville was the Commandant of Ventersdorp, politically active and shortlisted to become a Senator.

Eugene was also named after Napoleon’s General Ney. The Terre’Blanche family knew history and young Eugene was used to recite at people’s gatherings and political meetings. He was also used to relinquish his bed to Party organisers like Marais Viljoen who became a State President. When he decided to get married he was attached to the President’s guard. He asked the then State President, Oom Blackie Swart for permission to marry Martie.

The Struggle for Freedom

In the Terre’Blanche household the meaning of Boer and Afrikaner was synonymous. Father and son was very close to each other. As a division between Afrikaner and Boer started to grow I also noticed division between father and son. However his father still attended some of his meetings.

As candidates for the HNP, Eugene’s and my political careers started on the same date in January, 1970. As stated before, we were both policemen. He was attached to the President’s Guard and I was a detective at Welkom. I was nominated for Virginia and he for the Heidelberg constituency.

At the candidate’s conference at Pretoria where our candidature was announced, he mocked Mr Vorster. With his beautiful voice and his rendition, he was an instant favourite and much in demand as a speaker. At the same conference he later recited a poem about the women in concentration camps and I was involved in the discussion of party policy that Afrikaans should be the only official language. My approach was that English was still used as a means of subduing a conquered nation.

That was the start of a lifelong friendship and a mutual attachment to our Boer people. We were satisfied with the Republic of Dr Verwoerd but vehemently opposed to the policies of the National Party and its leader. We had no objection being called Afrikaners. Our approach was resistance, as at that stage the total abdication was not clear and still shrouded in deception and denial. The concept that the reinstatement and reintroduction of Boer independence as a way out, was  slow to germinate. We supported the HNP. Its policy was resistance. Not freedom. That is why the birth of the AWB and the vision of Terre’Blanche regarding freedom as perceived by us, the Boers, are still remarkable to this day. As Mr Jaap Marais so often said: “To see the unsee­able.”

The founding of the AWB

The direct cause of the formation of the AWB was the result of the political climate existing in the land of the nineteen seventies with the policy of Detente of the National Party. Its founding can be contributed to the vision of Eugene.

After a number of by elections in which we were involved as organisers and election agents, and I as a candidate against FW de Klerk, it became clear to us that much more must be done to stop the direction of the NP. The ballot only appeared to be insufficient. A number of incidents occurred. Terre’Blanche was leading from the forefront. Incidents like the first charge of possession of arms and ammunition; the destroyal of an actress’s petition for the integration of theatres; the attack on the multi racial show of the Black Mikado at Loretto Convent; the tarring and feathering of Professor Floors van Jaarsveld with his distorted view of the Day of the Covenant; the incident at Jan Smuts Airport at the return of the Dakar conspirators. Some of the leftist politicians in the group scared and so afraid that they did not enter the arrival and departure lounge, but embarked on flights on the landing strip; the Battle of Ventersdorp and Mmabatho.

The AWB or white “Volkstaat” Party

The formation of the AWB or White “Volkstaat” party was greeted with dismay by so called rightwing politicians. The obvious reason being fear for intrusion on their restricted domain. It was never the intention of the AWB to engage in party politics and elections. After the tarring and feathering of Van Jaarsveld and the levelling of criminal charges against a number of men, the possibility existed that the AWB could face banning. A second reason being that massive legal costs were expected and a way had to be found to defray this. I advised Eugene to go to the public platform, to tell his story  an to engage our people to help pay legal costs. The first meeting was held at Middelburg (Transvaal) organised by Kosie Vermeulen*, a co accused. I collected money from the platform and with our first effort we collected a thousand Rand.

By law it was expected to register as a political party and we wanted to prevent stringent measures against the AWB and if banned, then to continue as a political party. According to our contacts, a memorandum from the Security Police was submitted with our registration to the Department of Interior. I think we can rest assured that it lacked any positive recommendations.

The Road ahead

The struggle of the AWB lies ahead. We are heading for a bloody war against the White man encompassing the Boers. Since our inception we were faced by attempts to eliminate us, from Slagtersnek passed Alfred Milner and the British Concentration Camps to today’s onslaught by the Communist ANC and its fellow travellers. Eugene wanted the AWB to be the guardian of our heritage and existence. Whether that will be so, remains to be seen.

If the struggle for freedom is discarded or abandoned, it may mean the end of everything. Apart from the guidance from Above which always directed the Affairs of the Boers, we should be possessed by an immortal spirit of freedom. That was what Eugene Ney Terre’Blanche lived for and died for.

Rest in peace comrade...
Eugene Ney Terre'Blanche
Compiled by Piet Rudolph for the Action Committee, Orde Boerevolk.
E-mail: piet.rudolph@gmail.com

* since the writing of this, Koos Vermeulen also passed away, being killed in a road rage incident.

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