June 15, 1999


A leader of the AWB, Eugene Terreblanche and Petrus Johannes Rudolph were recently granted amnesty by the Amnesty Committee of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

The two applicants were also granted amnesty for malicious injury to property belonging to the University of South Africa in Pretoria on March 28, 1979.

Terreblanche and Rudolph were also granted amnesty for illegal possession of arms and ammunition in Venterdorp in 1982. The committee also granted the Right Wingers amnesty for public violence committed in Ventersdorp in August 1991.

The committee found that the two applicants committed acts with a political objective in the course of the political struggle of the time. The applicants were also found to have made full disclosure of their role in the incident.

The applicants testified that they were fully aware of the high political tension the prevailed and that they foresaw that conflict would arise from their actions which they regarded an exercise of their democratic right. They were intent on conveying their political sentiments to the leaders of the government of the time.

Terreblanche and Rudelolph claimed that their organisation was in favour of a Volkstaat for the Afrikaners and were prepared too fight for it even outside the law. Both applicants applied for amnesty last month in respect of various acts of public violence committed in Ventersdorp when the former State President, Mr. F.W. De Klerk, endeavoured to hold a meeting which was not open to certain members of the public including the two applicants.

Terreblanche further applied for amnesty in respect of tarring Prof. F. Van Jaarveld of the University of South Africa on March 28, 1979 and in respect of the possession of illegal firearms and ammunition for which he was convicted and sentenced in 1983.