Neo-Nazis Killed in Clash With Police Buried
ORKNEY, South Africa (AP) _ Neo-Nazis of the Afrikaner Resistance Movement paraded in khaki uniform Wednesday at the funeral of a white supremacist killed in a clash between police and pro-apartheid forces.
Elsewhere, police arrested two members of the movement on charges of public violence connected to the clash between white racists and police Friday in Ventersdorp in which three right-wingers were killed. Henry de Beer and Cornelius Mostert were released after a court hearing was set for Sept. 23, police said.
Some 50 uniformed neo-Nazis stood Wednesday at the grave in Orkney, 100 miles southwest of Johannesburg, as a bugler played a lament for Jacobus Conradie. Troops wearing swastika-style badges also flanked the coffin as it was carried to the grave after a church service.
About 200 people attended the funeral in the rural mining town, but there were no incidents. The mourners, many weeping, sang the South African national anthem.
Eugene TerreBlanche, head of the movement known as AWB, failed to appear at the funeral. Followers said he had the flu.
Also Wednesday, about 3,000 people attended the funeral in Randfontein, 20 miles west of Johannesburg, for Andries Badenhorst, who was killed in the clash.
People at both funerals blamed President F.W. de Klerk for the Ventersdorp clash, the first time security forces killed members of the pro-apartheid right wing.
Violence erupted in the conservative town of Ventersdorp, about 75 miles west of Johannesburg, when the extremists tried to force their way past hundreds of heavily-armed police guarding the hall where de Klerk was addressing a political rally. Right-wing leaders had warned de Klerk not to speak in Ventersdorp, where the AWB is based.