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Johannesburg - National Police Commissioner Bheki Cele arrived in a blue light convoy at AWB leader Eugene Terre'Blanche's house ahead of his funeral in Ventersdorp on Friday.
On getting out of the vehicle at 25 Roth Street, he shook hands with a man dressed in an AWB uniform then shook hands with AWB secretary general Andre Visagie, who stormed out of a live televised debate earlier this week.
"We really appreciate your presence here," said Visagie during the cordial exchange, as Cele, Deputy Commissioner Andre Pruis and the AWB delegation went into the house.
Cele was expected to brief the media later.
Meanwhile, men squeezed into old army uniforms, older women in conservative church dress and teenagers dressed in high fashion began filing into Ventersdorp's Afrikaans Protestant Church as the doors opened for the noon funeral.
As the spray of church flowers was delivered by a traffic department vehicle, about 50 bikers revved to a halt outside the modern facebrick building.
Among those setting up camp chairs outside the church was a man dressed in the black uniform of the movement's elite unit, the ironguard.
A woman wearing the Afrikaner traditional long dress and outsized "kappie" (bonnet) mingled with teenagers who had dressed up in gothic black with pink hair and carried the old South African flag.
As an organist played funeral dirges in the already full church, extra plastic chairs were being pulled out to accommodate the more than 700 people that the building could accommodate, while photographers and television cameramen set up on the stage inside the church.
Terre'Blanche was murdered on Saturday allegedly by two of his farm workers.
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