Terre’Blanche and his associates to face terrorism charges

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Wednesday, 13 July 1983

The Transvaal Attorney General announced that  Eugène Terre'Blanche, leader of the far-right Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging (AWB) and three associates would face terrorism charges. They have been accused of attempting or planning to overthrow the South African government by violent means. These charges emanated from the uncovering of illegal arms caches in different parts of the country, which the authorities established belonged to the AWB, and in particular the four that the Attorney-General believed were the masterminds behind the plot. Terre Blanche and co-accused Petrus Johannes Rudolph applied for and were granted amnesty by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in 1999.

References:
• 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.
• Amnesty decision by the truth and reconciliation commission: website.info.gov.za

Last updated : 11-Jul-2013

This article was produced for South African History Online on 16-Mar-2011