There has come a misconception of what Eugene Terreblanche was and what he represented. People think he was a white supremacist and that he represented apartheid at it’s worst. But if you really look into it and listen to his beliefs and understand the history of the Boere, you would understand that this is not true.
Eugene Terreblanche was a nationalist, that is a person who believes that their nation, in this case Boere, should be free to rule themselves in their own territory.
na·tion·al·ism (nsh-n-lzm, nshn-) n.
Past nationalist existed all over the world, the main difference from these and from what Terreblanche believed is that he did not want the whole country only part of it. Before he went to prison his view was much more radical and he was known as a tyrant among the blacks. He treated them terribly but after prison he was a changed man. His neighbours have commented that his people on his farm are some of the best looked after around there and one of his workers who was interviewed said that after Terreblanche came out he was a changed man, he even liked the children.
World wide they would like to paint a picture of a man who hates black people, that’s just not true. Here is something he said not to long ago:
We fought the British Commonwealth, we can survive the ANC, The white man in South Africa is realizing that his salvation lies in self-government, in territories paid for by his ancestors. We still have the title deeds for land we bought from Africans – they are still valid and should be recognized by international law.
Even though some land where seized by the Apartheid government there are many farms that where bought and paid for from the native Africans. There are deeds, documented meetings with tribal leaders. The Voortrekker made their way up in South Africa by battering not bloodshed, the times there were bloodshed they were not the instigators. Then came the British colonial rule where they decided that the country should be segregated, if you look closely the Boere always tried to work with the black Africans but over the years it got twisted. Even Zuma has said in the speech the only valid white South Africans is the Afrikaner people, some has been here for 7 generations they cannot go anywhere else, they are no longer European.
One of the things that contribute to this image that the Eugene was a white supremacist, is the AWB flag, which looks like a swastika used by the Nazi’s. People then assume they stem from there, which is far from the truth. A little small fact very few people know is that the very first concentration camp was in South Africa where over 100 000 wives and children of the Boere died in horrendous conditions. This was during the Boere-war, back then the black Africans and the Voortrekker’s had a mutual enemy the British.
The AWB flag