AWB members storm World Trade Centre

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Date: 26 June, 1993

Troops of the right-wing Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging (AWB), led by Eugene Terre'Blanche, stormed the World Trade Centre near Kempton Park where the Congress for a Democratic South Africa (Codesa) was in session. The action was in protest against negotiations for a future democracy in South Africa. The invaders broke through the glass front of the building with an armoured car, then took over the main conference hall, threatening delegates and painting slogans on the walls, but left again soon after.

Sources vary greatly on the actual date of this event. 5 June, and 16 July are respectively given in other sources, though the attack definitely took place in June, most probably on 25 or 26 June.


  • Kalley, J.A.; Schoeman, E. & Andor, L.E. (eds)(1999). Southern African Political History: a chronology of key political events from independence to mid-1997, Westport: Greenwood.
  • Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging. Website: