South Africa: Church Heads Condemn Killing of Extremist White Leader

source: allAfrica
Ecumenical News International (Geneva)
Munyaradzi Makoni
5 April 2010

Cape Town — Christian leaders in South Africa have condemned the slaying of an extreme rightwing leader in the country, Eugene Terre’Blanche, and have called on political leaders to urge restraint at a time of rising racial tension.

A song promoted by the leader of the youth wing of the ruling African National Congress that encourages the killing of white people, and that one court ruling has banned, has been blamed for fanning some of the tensions that the followers of Terre’Blanche say caused the killing.

The Web-based news outlet Legalbrief reported that the 3 April slaying of Terre’Blanche, who was the leader of the Afrikaner Weerstandsbewging (AWB – Afrikaner Resistance Movement), has increased fears of growing racial tension following the legal battle over racial hate speech.

Legalbrief reported that racial tensions between majority blacks and minority white South Africans have been at their highest level since [continue reading]

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