Louis Theroux: Boer Separatists

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Published on 3rd March 2017 by

Louis Theroux travels to South Africa to meet the white people who refuse to accept the end of Apartheid in this year 2000 episode of his Weird Weekends series. He spends time with Eugene Terre’Blanche the founder and leader of the Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging neo-nazi politcal group and dedicated to the creation of an independent Boer-Afrikaner republic in part of South Africa, which white people will live in whilst black Africans would keep the rest of South Africa.

Terre’Blanche was murdered on his farm ten years later in 2010, he had been living in relative obscurity after his organisation had since declined to become a minor fringe group after having once been close to sharing power in South Africa. He had been beaten to death with clubs and machetes by some of his black farm workers whilst taking a nap, apparently after a dispute over pay rather than due to his political views. Theroux would later return to South Africa to explore the problem of crime in Johannesburg (see: Law and Disorder in Johannesburg).

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A decade after the first episode of Louis Theroux’s Weird Weekends, and eight years after the last, Theroux released a 2008 follow up book The Call of the Weird: Encounters with Survivalists, Porn Stars, Alien Killers, and Ike Turner, in which he provides an update on what has happened to many of the subjects. It is available to purchase on Kindle, paperback, hardcover, or audio book.

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