Christopher Hope Attends the Sentencing in the Eugene Terre’Blanche Murder Trial
“Eugene Terre’Blanche was a fundamentalist in an era of fudge,” writes Shooting Angels author, Christopher Hope, in an article for The Guardian about South Africa’s own ET. Hope was in Ventersdorp for the trial where Chris Mahlangu has just been sentenced for the murder of Terre’Blanche:
Eugene Terre’Blanche liked to tell me that he would die facing the enemy. He had in mind red communists, pink liberals and black terrorists. Colour was always a big thing for a man whose French Huguenot surname translated into “White Earth”. When the campaign to save the White Rhino got underway, he said simply: “To hell with the rhino – save the white man!”
The end was not as he imagined. “The Leader”, as he liked to be known, South Africa’s Führer of the Veld, founder of the far-right, Afrikaner Resistance Movement – or ARM as it becomes in English – was bludgeoned to death in his spartan bedroom, on his farm, near his home-town of Ventersdorp, on Easter weekend, 2010.