South Africa's Eugene Terreblanche, the founder of the supremacist group Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging (AWB) was killed as he slept at Villanova, his South African farm in Ventersdorp, on Friday, April 3, 2010. Terreblache was sixty nine when one 21 year old suspect and one 15 year old accomplice broke into his home and beat him to death with pipes and machetes. The suspects were arrested on Saturday and charged with murdering Terreblache. Unpaid wages were allegedly the motivation behind the Terreblache's killing.
Terreblanche, a former South African policeman, supported apartheid and had a large following during the 1980's. Authorities in South Africa fear that Terreblache's death will further racial tensions in the African National Congress and among already tense political groups. African President Jacob Zuma issued a statement during a television appearance which pleaded for "calm, responsible leadership" and denounced the murder of Terreblache as "cowardly" and a "terrible deed."