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SLUG: 2-296329 SAF Right Wing (L-O)
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DATE=11/11/02

TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT

TITLE=SAF RIGHT WING (L-O)

NUMBER=2-296329

BYLINE=CHALLISS MCDONOUGH

DATELINE=JOHANNESBURG

CONTENT=

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INTRO: In South Africa, a previously unknown white supremacist group has claimed responsibility for the bombings that rocked the mainly black township of Soweto two-weeks ago. As Correspondent Challiss McDonough reports from Johannesburg, the group sent a letter to an Afrikaans-language newspaper soon after police identified six men wanted in connection with the blasts.

TEXT: The Afrikaans-language daily paper Beeld says it received the letter by e-mail late Sunday from a group calling itself the Warriors of the Boer Nation.

/// OPT /// The word "Boer" literally means "farmer" in Afrikaans, but it is often used to refer to the Afrikaner people, descendants of Dutch settlers. /// END OPT ///

The letter came a day after police released the names and photos of six white, Afrikaans-speaking men wanted in connection to the Soweto bombings.

A police spokeswoman says investigators are taking the letter "very seriously." She says they are working hard to check its authenticity.

The letter claims full responsibility for the bombings two-weeks ago that killed one woman and wounded her husband. The overnight blasts damaged a mosque and several railway stations in Soweto.

Another bomb was found in a Buddhist temple outside Pretoria later the same day. Two men were injured when its detonator blew up without triggering the explosives attached to it.

According to Beeld, the letter says the bombings mark "the beginning of the end" of the African National Congress government.

It demands the release of 35 prisoners. Among them are members of the Boeremag, a shadowy group of white supremacists accused of plotting terrorist acts to destabilize the South African government.

It is not clear whether the Warriors of the Boer Nation are an entirely separate group or simply a branch of the Boeremag. The letter bears a red, black and green logo, which includes the Afrikaans motto, "Do not fear, be strong and have courage."

Local news reports say the same logo has appeared on other recent documents associated with the so-called "white right" in South Africa. The letter says the authors see themselves as warriors fighting for God and the Afrikaner people.

It warns of new attacks during the upcoming holiday season if their demands are not met. (SIGNED)

NEB/CEM/AWP/RAE



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