SOUTH AFRICA: RIGHT WING LEADER TERRE'BLANCHE (2)
IN_TIME: 17:00:46 - 19:13:13 // 19:37:26 - 19:55:55
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South African right-wing leader Eugene Terre'Blanche arrived at court on horseback Thursday to hand himself over to the authorities and begin serving 12 months in jail for the assault of a black man.
He gave one last outburst, claiming that the South African government is run by criminals and murderers, before kissing his horse goodbye and walking into the courtroom.
His surrender sparked shouts of joy among the crowd of 200 to 300 blacks who came to witness the event.
His spell in jail removes from the political scene a man popular amongst right-wing extremists, but despised by those who blame him for setting off bombs that killed 21 people on the eve of South Africa's first all-race election in 1994.
Inside his house in the Transvaal on Thursday, Eugene Terre'Blanche was preparing to surrender to South Africa's authorities who had given him a 1300 G-M-T deadline to turn himself in.
But the leader of the Afrikaner Resistance Movement (A-W-B) he had no intention of going quietly.
He sent his horse on ahead of him to the local courthouse, to make sure his departure grabbed as many headlines as possible.
Dressed in black, Terre'Blanche climbed in the saddle and rode up to the courthouse around half an hour ahead of the deadline.
But he still had one last outburst left to deliver before giving himself up.
"All law-abiding people, everyone who sees what's going on in this country support me whether they are white, black or brown."
Question: "What's your message to the government?"
Answer: "The message to the government is that they must come and see the people here and put their own house in order. It won't help to lock up a Boer if they are also not prepared to lock up the criminals and murderers in their cabinet and parliament."
SUPER CAPTION: Eugene Terreblanche, AWB Leader
That said, he bade farewell to his horse and walked into the court.
Many Blacks who had gathered outside were overjoyed.
But not all were happy - some said his punishment for beating a black garage attendant was not enough.
"It's not nice, he must get more. A life sentence."
SUPER CAPTION: VOX POP
At the height of Terre'Blanche's popularity, before South Africa's first all-race election in 1994, many blacks lived in terror of the violence wrought by the A-W-B.
The party's activists are blamed for killing 21 people on the eve of the 1994 poll.
Terre'Blanche was finally ordered to jail for assaulting gas station attendant John Ndzima in 1996, and for inciting his dog to attack him - claims which he denies.
For Ndzima, the nightmare does not end with Terre'Blanche going to jail.
"I am now very afraid. Afraid because his people, his supporters - Eugene is a big man, his supporters are very dangerous."
SUPER CAPTION: John Ndzima, Victim of Terre'Blanche
The A-W-B leader plans to ask for a separate cell because he fears for his safety.
But a spokeswoman for the prison service said Terre'Blanche's request will not be granted automatically - it will be processed like that of any other inmate.
"No, there will be no special privileges for him unless he can give us a doctor's certificate for meals or whatever, but it will be treated as we will treat any other prisoner who will have requests, and the head of the prison will look at those requests."
SUPER CAPTION: Sarie Peens, Spokeswoman for South African Correctional Services Department
Terre'Blanche probably has reason to fear reprisals from black inmates, but also from Afrikaner Resistance Movement followers who did his dirty work and who are now serving prison sentences for it.
They bitterly resent Terre'Blanche, who threatened race war ahead of the 1994 elections, for not owning up to his alleged role in their crimes.
Terre'Blanche has been granted appeal against a second sentence for the attempted murder of another black man who was left brain-damaged and paralysed after the attack.
If that fails, he could be spending a further five years in prison when his present sentence is over.
SHOTLIST: Potchefstroom and Ventersdorp, South Africa, 30 March 2000 and file
SABC - No Access South Africa - Ventersdorp, 30 March 2000
1. Exterior Terre'Blanche's farm
2. Terre'Blanche supporter walks towards house
3. Terre'Blanche's horse in horse-trailer
4. Car with Terre'Blanche onboard driving away
APTN - Potchefstroom, 30 March 2000
5. Various shots AWB (Afrikaner Resistance Movement) band playing
6. Terre'Blanche arriving at court on horseback
7. Crowds at court
8. SOUNDBITE: (Afrikaans) Eugene Terre'Blanche, AWB Leader
9. Terre'Blanche gets off horse
10. Terre'Blanche saying goodbye to horse
11. Terre'Blanche going into court, pan to crowd of jubilant black people
12. AWB supporters outside
13. SOUNDBITE: (English) Vox Pop
14. Masked AWB supporter with flag
ETV - No Access South Africa - Ventersdorp, 27 March 2000
15. Wide-shot assault victim John Ndzima working fuel pump
16. SOUNDBITE: (Afrikaans) John Ndzima, Victim of Terre'Blanche
APTN - Potchefstroom, 30 March 2000
17. Prison sign
18. Guards on gate
ETV Potchefstroom, 30th March 2000
19. Terre' Blanche drives through prison gates
APTN - Potchefstroom, 30th March 2000
20. SOUNDBITE: (English) Sarie Peens, Spokeswoman for South African Correctional Services Department
21. Prison gate closes?