PRETORIA, South Africa -- About 1,000 members of a tripartite alliance of right-wing groups gathered Saturday in Pretoria to rally support to stop racial reform in South Africa with a 'no' vote in white referendum March 17.
Two years ago the same combination of right-wing forces drew more than 20,000 people to a meeting in the same Pretoria's Church Square.
Extremist leader Eugene Terreblanche joined the leader of the parliamentary Conservative Party Andries Treurnicht and head of the Reformed National Party, Jaap Marais on the rally platform to urge whites to vote 'no' in the coming referendum to stop President Frederik de Klerk from continuing black-white negotiations for a new constitution which could lead to black majority rule in South Africa.
Terreblanche, who heads the paramilitary Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging (Afrikaner Resistance Movement) took his place alongside the two other right-wing leaders after tumbling from his horse as he galloped into the square with a mounted guard of honor sporting the extremist group's khaki uniform and pseudo-Nazi symbols.
'Now we are strong because we are no longer divided. Andries Treurnicht and Jaap Marais are with us. And the leftists out there must know the horses and the men who have ridden past have a message for South Africa,' Terreblanche told the rally dominated by uniformed followers of his AWB.
'This is not (a fight) over a referendum results, it's over the land of farmers and white people's land that they want to steal. It doesn't matter if there's a referendum or not, this land is our land and no one will get it,' Terreblanche roared to his supporters in Afrikaans.
Treurnicht, whose party challenged de Klerk to prove white support for the government's reform moves through a general election and was answered by de Klerk's calling of a snap referendum, also played on the threat of a communist government if South Africa's most popular political group, the African National Congress, were to head the government under a new constitution.
The ANC is allied with the South African Communist Party.
'There will never be peaceful domination of a black communist government over a white nation,' Treurnicht told the crowd.
'The time for domination of one race or people over another is past. We don't even think in terms of white government over black people. We want to govern ourselves. The time for unitary states comprising various peoples is also past,' Treurnicht said.
His party proposes South Africa remain a white-ruled state and that blacks exercise their political rights in separate homeland states.
Negotiations between de Klerk's government, the African National Congress and some 16 other political groups are currently focusing on arrangements for the establishment of an interim government incorporating black and white within the next few months.
Right-wingers listening to their leaders speeches picnicked on the lawn of the square in family groups and several times scuffled with television camera crews or jeered reporters obscuring their view of the speechmakers' platform.