We can still live dream

THERE is no fence-sitting in Ventersdorp.

THERE is no fence-sitting in Ventersdorp.

The slaying of AWB leader Eugène Terre'Blanche has fuelled already existing divisions in that community.

Some are angry while others are celebrating. It is another sad relic of our past.

To family and friends we extend our condolences on the death of their patriarch.

We abhor the manner of his death because killing and mutilating a man is a terrible thing. No man deserves this type of death. It dishonours all of us.

Many farmers, to our distress and regret, have been killed.

ET was no longer an influential figure in politics. He was generally regarded as a spent force and a laughing stock because of his archaic ideas.

He had blood on his hands. Terre'Blanche killed one man and crippled another. To many, this was merely the abominable result of patriarchal employment practices on farms.

His political platform had been abandoned by many because of its bankruptcy.

His rabid rightwing beliefs failed to keep his dwindling followers at heel. The man was not Chris Hani.

But Terre'Blanche's fellow rightwingers have now emerged from the shadows, threatening mayhem and revenge.

Blacks, on the other hand, say ET was a gogga. They will not forgive him for leaving Paul Motshabi brain damaged after a brutal attack.

We hope, however, that the passing of ET will remind us of the brutal days of apartheid, and the miracle salvation of our nation in 1994.

To take the dream of 1994 forward, we have to live and let live.