South Africa frees racist right-winger from prison

Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's most notorious right-wing Afrikaner walked out of the Potchefstroom prison on Friday after serving a three year jail sentence for a racial assault on a black man.
But Eugene Terre'Blanche, the 60-year-old Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging leader, is a pale shadow of his former self.
Just over 10 years ago, he threatened to derail South Africa's first democratic elections, saying he would not accept to live under a black government.
He was sentenced to five-years for the 1996 attempted murder of security guard Paul Motshabi.
He was released early because he had been a model prisoner.
    Terre¹Blanche would be subject to conditions "aimed at enhancing abstinence from negative behaviour and a successful reintegration into the community," the department of correctional services said.
     The confirmed racist must have a fixed residential address, and cannot change his job without approval of a supervision committee.
     Terre'Blanche's Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging, which now has only a few hundred supporters, held a welcome parade for their leader in his home town, Ventersdorp.

11 june 2004 14:47:00

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