Eugene Terre'blanche's murder - statement by the UDM President (4 April 2010)

The UDM notes with shock the murder of another farmer. Irrespective of the race or public profile of a victim, we must condemn the murder of any South African. We believe it is in the best interests of justice not to speculate on the reasons for this particular crime, but rather that the police must investigate and the courts prosecute this case without fear or favour.

We extend our condolences to the family of the late Eugene Terre’blanche.

He will be remembered as a man who had the courage of his convictions; he said what he believed and stood by his convictions. Though we would not agree on many things, we recognise his commitment to his political cause. He had a sense of humour, and at times was at the short end of other people’s humour, such as the incident when he fell of his horse. He even had the courage to attempt a disruption of the Johannesburg World Trade Centre talks in the early 90s.

But when the change, which he resisted, came he did not leave the country he loved – in that sense he again demonstrated his courage.