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South Africa Assures Terreblanche Murder Won’t Affect World Cup

South Africa’s police minister has assured that the security situation in the country is under control amid fears that the recent murder of white supremacist leader Eugene Terreblanche could spark racial violence ahead of the football World Cup in June. Police Minister Nathi Mthetwa said security preparations for the World Cup are in place, adding that the government’s tough stance against crime is starting to bear fruit.

Followers of Terreblanche’s Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging group have said that they will advise teams participating in the World Cup to think twice about coming to South Africa, which they call “a land of murder.” The World Cup will be held in the country from June 11 to July 11.

Terreblanche was murdered in his farm home near Ventersdorp on April 3. Reports said two black men attacked the white supremacist leader with pipes and machetes while he was asleep. A wage dispute is reportedly the motive behind the murder that could break whatever racial harmony achieved in South Africa since the end of apartheid.