The government banned an ultra-right-wing movement Thursday in its first crackdown on white extremists after the killing of six blacks and the wounding of 17 others by a self-confessed member of a white supremacist movement.
An announcement of the banning of the White Freedom Movement, or the BBB, was carried in Thursday's edition of the Government Gazette by Law and Order Minister Adriaan Vlok as part of sweeping regulations in the country's 28-month-old state of emergency.The ban came the same day a self-proclaimed white supremicist charged with the Tuesday shooting spree against blacks appeared in court.
The BBB, the Blanke Bevrydingsbeweging, a small ultra-right-wing movement, was prohibited from "carrying out or performing any activities or acts whatsoever," according to the gazette announcement.
The BBB, secretly formed in 1985, is headed by former Rands Afrikaans biochemistry professor Johan Shabort who once boasted in an interview his was the only organization to openly claim to be racist.
The banning is the first against white extremists vehemently opposed to the ruling National Party's policy of limited racial reform and is similar to orders banning more than 20 black dissident organizations.
Vlok told a National Party Congress Tuesday, "without adequate means and the will to maintain law and order, radical forces to the left and the right will believe they have a free hand to terrorize and intimidate defenseless people."
The man charged with killing six blacks and wounding 17 others in a shooting spree appeared in court today and was ordered to undergo psychiatric examination.
Hendrik Strydom, 23, told the court he had no interest in participating in the legal proceedings until the government halted its racial reform policies and arrested all "communists," naming Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
Strydom, a former police officer, was brought into magistrate's court in leg irons Thursday, smiling and laughing at photographers.