Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging (AWB)

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Charismatic AWB leader Eugene Terreblanche with flag in background

The AWB was an ultra-right wing organisation led by Eugene Terreblanche, that first came into prominence in the 1970s. It aimed to create a Boer state based on the old Afrikaner republics.


'On 7 August 1993, Eugene Terreblanche, the leader of the Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging (AWB), had just been given the freedom of the White section of the town, Schweizer-Reneke. Addressing a full military parade of the AWB, he announced : "This land is our by right of conquest! [Schweizer-Reneke] is where we ended and the third Boer War, another South African war, will start here again. The town has a history steeped in bloody relations between the Afrikaners and the African inhabitants of the area" ' on

Last updated : 07-Jun-2017

This article was produced by South African History Online on 30-Mar-2011

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