JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — South Africa's white supremacist leader Eugene Terreblanche was bludgeoned to death by two farm workers Saturday in an apparent dispute over wages, police said.
Terreblanche, 69, was leader of the Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging movement, better known as the AWB, that wanted to create three all-white republics within South Africa in which blacks would be allowed only as guest workers.
The South African Press Association quoted police spokeswoman Adele Myburgh as saying that Terreblanche was attacked by a 21-year-old man and a 15-year-old boy who worked for him.
Myburgh said the alleged attackers have been arrested and charged with murder. She did not further identify the two, who she said have told the police that there had been a dispute because they were not paid for work they did on the farm.
"Mr. Terreblanche's body was found on the bed with facial and head injuries." She said a machete was found on his body and a knobkerrie — a wooden staff with a rounded head — next to his bed.
Terreblanche launched his political career in 1973, amid growing opposition to South Africa's white minority government and its racist apartheid policies, forming the AWB with six other "patriots" of the Afrikaans-speaking whites descended from Dutch immigrants.
Terreblanche reportedly believed the government was making dangerous concessions to blacks and endangering the survival of South Africa's white race.
The AWB was a semisecret organization for years. When it "came out" in 1979, the movement displayed its Nazi-like insignia and declared opposition to any parliamentary democracy.
Terreblanche would arrive at meetings on horseback flanked by masked bodyguards dressed in khaki or black and became a charismatic leader for a small minority that could not envision a South Africa under the democratic rule of a black majority.
At one rally his guards, dubbed "storm troopers" after the Nazis, brandished guns, police batons and knives, prompting the government to announce it was "looking into" the actions and attitudes of the movement.
Terreblanche threatened to take the country by force if the white government capitulated to the African National Council.
After the white government conceded, the ANC overwhelmingly won 1994 elections and has won every election since with more than 60 percent of votes.