Eugène Ney Terre'Blanche's Profile

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Eugène Ney Terre'Blanche lived from January 31, 1941 to April 3, 2010. He was a Boer-Afrikaner who founded the Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging (AWB) during the apartheid era in South Africa. Until his death, Terre'Blanche remained leader of the AWB and continued to push for an Afrikaner secessionist state within South Africa.

Eugène Terre'Blanche's grandfather fought as a so-called "Cape Rebel" for the Boer cause in the Second Boer War, and his father was a lieutenant colonel in the South African Defence Force.

The progenitor of the Terre'Blanche name (translatable as either 'white land' or 'white earth' in French) in the region was a French Huguenot refugee named Estienne Terreblanche from Toulon (Provence), who arrived at the Cape in 1704. The Terreblanche name has generally retained its original spelling though other spellings include Terre'Blanche, Terre Blanche, Terblanche and Terblans.

Born on a farm in the Transvaal town of Ventersdorp on January 31, 1941, Terre'Blanche attended Laerskool Ventersdorp and Hoër Volkskool in Potchefstroom, matriculating in 1962. He joined the South African Police, and was initially deployed in South West Africa (now Namibia), which had been given to South Afica under a United Nations Trust mandate after World War I. Upon returning to South Africa proper, he became a Warrant Officer in the Special Guard Unit, which was assigned to members of the Cabinet.

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