South Africa’s foremost far-right political and militant group, the Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging (AWB) has, over the years, been an object of ridicule thanks to some of its eccentric – and often clumsy – leaders and representatives.
In 2010, in a show discussing race relations in the wake of the AWB’s slain iconic leader, Eugene Terre’Blanche, the Secretary-General of the group, Andre Visagie, got into a heated discussion with political analyst, Lebogang Pheko.
Frustrated with the way the interview was going, Visagie stood up, ripped off his microphone kit and attempted to storm out of the studio.
In an afterthought, he turned to face Pheko and give her a piece of his mind. Seeing the dangerous direction the interview was possibly taking, Chris Maroleng, the show’s host, decided to intervene by placing himself between Pheko and her potential assailant.
But Andre Visagie was inconsolable. Soon, a militant-looking young man, presumably also a member of the AWB, arrived at the scene to provide support to Visagie’s plight.
More people subsequently arrived on the scene to subdue Visagie and his aide. All the while, Pheko calmly looked on.
Eventually, Visagie agreed to leave the studio but not without having the final word in the altercation. As he was being escorted out, he turned and said to Pheko: “You won’t dare interrupting me…I am not finished with you”. Maroleng was livid and ordered Visagie to cease threatening “the poor” Pheko. Visagie then went to semantics and questioned how the “capitalistic” Pheko could be defined as poor.
Predictably, the incident went viral on social networks with many memes focusing on Maroleng’s linguistically incorrect phrase “Don’t touch me on my studio”.
Visagie soon left the AWB to start his own party which he stated, according to News24, would “prepare the Boer nation for the onslaught that our nation is facing … We will be prepared and ready for any onslaught and in a position to protect ourselves”. In 2014, however, he was sentenced to five years in prison for illegal possession of firearms and ammunition.
Watch a clip of the incident below:
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