Victory or Violence: The Story of the AWB of South Africa,
by Arthur Kemp
by Arthur Kemp
Victory or Violence: The Story of the AWB of South Africa, by Arthur Kemp
Abraham Kujani was walking down a central Johannesburg street early Sunday morning of 24 April 1994. Like many Black people, Kujani was eagerly anticipating the start of South Africa's first democratic elections to be held in three days' time .
Just then Kujani saw two White men, one with blonde hair and a beard, park a blue gray Audi in the street. When the men got out of the vehicle, Kujani noticed that the blonde man had a firearm strapped to his waist. Then Kujani saw smoke coming from the inside of the vehicle. He attempted to follow the men, but lost them in the crowd.
At ten minutes to ten that morning, the largest terrorist car bomb that ever exploded in South Africa, detonated in the Audi. 100 kg of Anfax explosive had been mixed with diesel in the barrel of a grass roller. A further 20 sticks of Watergel plastic explosive had been placed in the center of the barrel before another 100 kg mix of Anfax and diesel was used to fill it. Further explosives and pieces of iron were packed close to the car's petrol tank.
The explosion threw the Audi across the street and ripped a gaping hole in the road. Several buildings were virtually flattened. Blood from the ten people killed in the blast lay splattered all along the sidewalks. Dozens of parked vehicles caught tire and burned furiously, adding to the spiraling pall of smoke which quickly spread over the center of the largest city in Southern Africa.
Amongst those killed in the blast was a White woman, Susan Keane, who was an ANC candidate in the elections scheduled for the following Wednesday.
The largest bomb that the ANC had ever detonated during its 28 year long armed struggle in South Africa was a paltry 50 kg device in Pretoria.
The Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging (AWB - or, in English, the Afrikaner Resistance Movement) was responsible for the bombing, and the many that followed.
Worldwide the AWB is known as the hard line Afrikaner resistance to Black rule. Described as neo-Nazis, lampooned as caricatures, hated by many, the AWB has however always managed to draw sufficient numbers to its banners to enable it to be a factor in the complicated South African equation.
Here then is the full story of the AWB of South Africa - where it came from, who it is, why it is, what it has done and what the future holds.
CONTENTS by Chapter
Chapter 1: The Founding - The origin of the right wing in South Africa from the time of the Second World War till contemporary times is detailed. Details of the AWB's inauspicious beginnings in 1972 are exclusively revealed.
Chapter 2: The Tar and Feather Party - When a prominent Afrikaner establishment historian questioned the then prevailing interpretation of Afrikaner history, the AWB publicly tarred and feathered him in 1979.
Chapter 3: The Right Wing Buildup - The dramatic growth of the White right wing during the 1980's when the then ruling National Party started to reform Apartheid.
Chapter 4: The Arms Trial - In 1983 AWB leader Terre'Blanche and several other AWB men were convicted on terrorism and the illegal possession of firearms/explosives charges. Much of the detail is exclusive.
Chapter 5: War in the Far North - The AWB violently attacks public meetings being held by the then ruling National Party. Police are forced to intervene.
Chapter 6: The ANC and Rudolph Hess - The AWB physically attacks Afrikaners who meet with the then still banned ANC; and send official mourners to a memorial service for former Nazi deputy leader Rudolph Hess.
Chapter 7: The AWB and the Conservative Party - The stormy relationship between the Apartheid era official opposition Conservative Party and the AWB.
Chapter 8: From Standerton to Donkerhoek - The violent clashes between the AWB and the then ruling National Party continued throughout the 1980's.
Chapter 9: The Volkstaat - The primary objective of the extreme right in South Africa is the creation of a sovereign "nation state" for Afrikaners separate from the rest of the country.
Chapter 10: Personal Disaster - Terre'Blanche's alleged involvement with Jani Allan, a blonde lady journalist causes splits within the AWB in 1990.
Chapter 11: New Strategy - The unbanning of the ANC and the release of Nelson Mandela force the right wing to re-evaluate their strategy.
Chapter 12: New Principles - The real policy of the AWB is exclusively detailed. Exact membership and support figures are also exclusively revealed.
Chapter 13: Armed Formations - The relationship between the AWB and the Apartheid era state security forces.
Chapter 14. The White Wolf - The cold blooded massacre in broad daylight of several Blacks in the center of Pretoria in 1988 by an AWB member who styled himself the "White Wolf" caused international outrage.
Chapter 15: Untag and the Order of Death - Underground AWB terrorist teams attack an United Nations military post in Namibia during that country's transition to democracy in 1990. One UN guard is killed in these attacks. Simultaneously South African police swoop on another underground AWB group just before they launch an attempt to assassinate the then state president, FW de Klerk.
Chapter 16: The Orde Boerevolk - Basing itself on the American right wing novel, The Turner Dairies, an AWB grouping launches the "Order of the Boer Nation" in 1990. The group starts with a huge weapons theft from an air force base in Pretoria and launches an eight month long campaign of bombings and terrorism. The Order is led by the former secretary general of the AWB.
Chapter 17: The Battle of Ventersdorp - The AWB attempts to violently attack a public meeting being addressed by the then state president FW de Klerk in 1991. A full scale shoot out with police then follows, leaving dozens injured and three dead. De Klerk has to leave the town in an armored car out of fears for his safety.
Chapter 18. The MP who Planted Bombs and the March 1992 Referendum - An AWB member who has been elected to parliament is arrested for his part in a bombing campaign, and the right wing is democratically defeated in a referendum.
Chapter 19: The Death of Chris Hani - The assassination of Chris Hani, the second most popular ANC figure after Nelson Mandela, in 1993 by an AWB member, brought South Africa to the brink of a race war. This story is told for the first time exclusively in this book.
Chapter 20: The World Trade Center Invasion - With the aid of an armored car, the AWB physically smashes its way into the World Trade Center in Johannesburg to disrupt the talks between the ANC and the then government in 1993. Another exclusive eye witness account.
Chapter 21: The Storm Brews - As the count down to the April 1994 elections takes place, the AWB organizes underground sabotage teams who are responsible for dozens of incidents which include the bombing of ANC off ices and the large scale sabotage of power pylons and railway lines.
Chapter 22: The Secession Plan - and Why it Failed - Revealed exclusively are the plans by the White right to secede just prior to the April 1994 elections - and why this plan was aborted at the last moment.
Chapter 23: Bophuthatswana - Death in the Dust - The killings of three AWB men in front of the television cameras in the apartheid era homeland of Bophuthatswana shocked viewers across the world. Revealed for the first time are the true facts leading up to this incident.
Chapter 24: The AWB Alone - When the ANC finally took power in April 1994, the AWB was the only right wing grouping to physically resist the take over with a campaign of terrorism and violence which killed 21 people and caused R70 million worth of damage.
Postscript : What does the future hold?
The AWB's black shirted "Ystergarde" or Iron Guard, march in Ventersdorp, 1993.
[00: Intro] :: [01: Founding] :: [02: Tar & Feather Party] :: [03: Right Wing Build Up] :: [04: Arms Trial] :: [05: War in the Far North] :: [06: ANC & Rudolph Hess] :: [07: AWB & CP] :: [08: Standerton to Donkerhoek] :: [09: The Volkstaat] :: [10: Personal Disaster] :: [11: New Strategy] :: [12: New Principles] :: [13: Armed Formations] :: [14: White Wolf] :: [15: UNTAG & Order of Death] :: [16: Order Boerevolk] :: [17: Battle of Ventersdorp] :: [18: March 1992 Referendum] :: [19: Death of Chris Hani] :: [20: World Trade Center Invasion] :: [21: Storm Brews] :: [22: Secession Plan] :: [23: Bop: Death in the Dust] :: [24: AWB Alone] :: [25: PS]
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