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AWB says teams should avoid World Cup in SAfrica

 FILE-  In this Friday Dec. 16, 2005 file photo, South African white supremacist leader Eugene Terreblanche addresses followers at a rally held downto...
 FILE-- In this Friday Dec. 16, 2005 file photo, South African white supremacist leader Eugene Terreblanche addresses followers at a rally held downto...
 South African police officers enter the farm of Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging (AWB) leader Eugene Terreblanche near Ventersdrop, 140km West of Johanne...

APTOPIX SOUTH AFRICAN WHITE SUPREMACISTS

FILE- In this Friday Dec. 16, 2005 file photo, South African white supremacist leader Eugene Terreblanche addresses followers at a rally held downto...

APTOPIX SOUTH AFRICAN WHITE SUPREMACISTS

FILE-- In this Friday Dec. 16, 2005 file photo, South African white supremacist leader Eugene Terreblanche addresses followers at a rally held downto...

SOUTH AFRICAN WHITE SUPREMACISTS

South African police officers enter the farm of Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging (AWB) leader Eugene Terreblanche near Ventersdrop, 140km West of Johanne...

A South African white supremacist group whose leader was killed warned other countries on Sunday to avoid sending their football teams to the World Cup and "to a land of murder."
Andre Visagie, a senior member of the far-right Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging movement (AWB), said the slaying of leader Eugene Terreblanche "is a declaration of war" by blacks against whites in South Africa.
Visagie said the AWB would respond by telling countries to reconsider participating at the World Cup, which begins June 11.
"We're going to warn those nations, 'You are sending your soccer teams to a land of murder,'" Visagie said. "Don't do that if you don't have sufficient protection for them."
Visagie vowed to avenge the death of Terreblanche but did not specify what form the vengeance would take.
South Africa President Jacob Zuma appealed for calm following "this terrible deed." In a statement, he asked "South Africans not to allow agent provocateurs to take advantage of this situation by inciting or fueling racial hatred."
Police said Terreblanche was bludgeoned to death in his bed Saturday by two of his farm workers in an apparent wage dispute.
South Africa has been under constant scrutiny ahead of hosting the world's biggest football tournament because of its high rate of violent crime.
The country's ruling ANC party criticized the AWB for advising teams against playing at the World Cup.
"We don't think that it's the right thing to do," ANC spokesman Jackson Mthembu told The Associated Press. "This is a World Cup for all of us, not only black people of this country. And we have to give all the support we can for the World Cup to happen here in South Africa. We think our compatriots in the AWB should do the same as other patriotic South Africans."


Updated : 2021-03-06 13:24 GMT+08:00