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Mom: Son helped kill SAfrican white supremacist

 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...

The mother of a 15-year-old murder suspect told Associated Press Television News Monday that her son says he struck slain white supremacist leader Eugene Terreblanche with an iron rod after the farmer refused to pay him.
"My son admitted that they did the killing," the mother said in an exclusive interview conducted in the Tswana language from her two-room cement home in Tshing township on the outskirts of Ventersdorp town.
She said she spoke to the teenager at Ventersdorp police station on Saturday after he turned himself in along with his alleged accomplice, a 28-year-old farm worker.
Police have refused to identify either of the suspects by name. Under South African law, a minor accused of any charge can not be identified without permission from a judge.
Terreblanche, 69, was leader of the far-right Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging movement, which said it planned to march Monday on the police station to demand the police bring out the two suspects.
Police say the two have been charged with murder and will appear in court Tuesday.
Officials appear anxious to show they are swiftly handling the crime, which comes just 10 weeks before South Africa becomes the first African nation to host the World Cup soccer tournament.
Terreblanche's slaying also comes at a time of heightened racial tension in this country once ruled by a racist white regime that only gave way to democratic rule in 1994 after years of state-sponsored violence and urban guerrilla warfare waged by the now-governing African National Congress.
The mother said her son told her that when he and his co-worker asked Terreblanche for their money, he told them first to bring in the cows. After they had brought in the cows they again asked for their money, which he then refused to give them.
"He said that the (laborer) man told him to wait while he went to the storeroom. He came back with an iron rod. He started hitting Terreblanche, with four blows to the head. Then my son says he took the iron rod and hit him with three blows," the mother said.
She appeared a bit bewildered and scared. "My son was a person who doesn't like to be in trouble," she said softly.
AWB Secretary-General Andre Visagie said the teenager was a casual worker and that the older man was a full-time employee of Terreblanche, who had been taking care of the garden of the family home in Ventersdorp.
Police said Terreblanche was lying on his bed in the farmhouse outside the town when he was attacked, between 5 and 6 p.m. on Saturday.
Visagie and other members of the group have blamed African National Congress Youth Leader Julius Malema, saying he spread hate speech that led to Terreblanche's killing.
Malema incited controversy last month when he led college students in a song that includes the lyrics "shoot the Boer." Boer means white farmers in Afrikaans, the language of descendants of early Dutch settlers, or Afrikaners, and is often a derogatory term.
The song sparked a legal battle in which the ruling ANC party challenged a high court that ruled the lyrics as unconstitutional. The ANC insists the song is a valuable part of its cultural heritage and that the lyrics _ which also refer to the farmers as thieves and rapists _ are not intended literally and are therefore not hate speech.
Terreblanche, a bearded, charismatic 69-year-old, co-founded and led the AWB, which seeks an all-white republic within mostly black South Africa. Its red, white and black insignia resembles a Nazi swastika, but with three prongs instead of four.
Terreblanche emerged in the 1970s to the right of South Africa's apartheid government, and had threatened to take the country by force if white rule ended. He was known to arrive at meetings on horseback flanked by masked bodyguards dressed in khaki or black.
After serving six years in prison for attacking two black workers, he re-emerged in 2004 with renewed vigor for his cause. He lived in relative obscurity in recent years on his farm outside Ventersdorp, about 110 kilometers (68 miles) northwest of Johannesburg.
Visagie said that was where Terreblanche had been spending most time since he had heart surgery a few weeks ago.
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Associated Press writers Carl Ndaba and Schalk van Zuydam in Ventersdorp, and Michelle Faul in Johannesburg contributed to this report.


Updated : 2021-06-18 04:41 GMT+08:00