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Security tight at Terre'Blanche funeral

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Reuters

Hundreds of police officers stood guard during the funeral of white supremacist leader Eugene Terre’Blanche in South Africa on Friday. The leader of the Afrikaner Resistance Movement (AWB) was hacked to death by workers on his farm near Ventersdorp last Saturday.


Armed police in bullet-proof jackets and members of the AWB kept watch inside and outside the church during the service in Ventersdorp, amid fears that emotions could boil over into racial clashes.

"He was a good person. The world was against him - they looked for the bad things about him," Reverend Ferdie Devenir said of Terre’Blanche.

Over 1,000 mainly Afrikaner mourners packed into the church, while a loudspeaker broadcast the service to followers outside.

At the same time as the funeral, trade unionists held a mass meeting on the other side of the town to ensure farm workers and local communities "remain disciplined".

Two black workers have been charged with Terre’Blanche’s murder, which was allegedly sparked by a pay dispute.

His body was due to be buried at his farm on Friday afternoon.