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Join date : 2010-02-07
|Onderwerp: Photo blog: Peter Nicholls in South Africa Sat May 22, 2010 5:54 pm|| |
May 02, 2010 With the World Cup in South Africa fast approaching, I was planning to cover some pre-tournament stories alongside Jonathan Clayton, The Times's Africa correspondent and Owen Slot, chief sports reporter. The plan changed following the killing of Eugene Terre Blanche, an infamous white supremacist, in the town of Ventersdorp. I headed to South Africa to cover the funeral of ET (as he is known colloquially in these parts), and any anticipated reaction caused by his death.
The turnout was very large, but seemingly no more than expected. I was interested to see if there were to be many 'uniformed' supporters of Terre Blanche - in fact there were only a few, but what struck me most were some mourners brandishing swastikas.
This picture of two young men struck me because, during the height of Terre Blanche's activities, they would have been young children and often oblivious to many of the events that that took place.
The funeral's attendees spilled over to areas to the side and in front of the church. After the service, Terre Blanche's body was driven to his estate and farm near Ventersdorp. ET's horse 'Atilla' was waiting there to lead the cortege to the waiting grave. The ensuing days passed off peacefully. Thankfully no trouble, of any note, erupted.