White Genocide? Or genocide by

White Genocide? Or genocide by whites? – The shock AWB confession

A prominent and fairly senior farmer and Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging (AWB) member has confessed that she – rather than a shadowy group of murderous anti-white hate groups – was responsible for the murder of an Afrikaans farming family butchered outside Griquatown in the Northern Cape last year

White Genocide? Or genocide by
Happier times – Cornelia de Wet (Image: Volkstaat.net)

In a twist worthy of the a very hastily-written soapie, or an excellent graphic novel, a prominent and fairly senior farmer and Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging (AWB) member has confessed that she – rather than a shadowy group of murderous anti-white hate groups – was responsible for the murder of an Afrikaans farming family butchered outside Griquatown in the Northern Cape last year.

Cornelia de Wet, 37, is currently in custody at Kimberley Prison for her part in the rape and murder, by hit squad, of Marthella Steenkamp, 14, and her parents Deon, 44, and Christel, 43 on their remote farm Naauwhoek. De Wet came forward with her information after what she alleges was an attack on her by the other hit squad members designed to silence her. She also stated in an interview with Kimberley’s Diamond Fields Advertiser that she was paid R100,000 for the hit. The money was put up by the mastermind of the attack, allegedly the owner of a successful local security company hellbent on increasing revenue by exploiting the same fears that activist group Red October brought to prominence in the South African media last month. De Wet has said that she and her accomplices, whose names she has revealed to the authorities, took care to maximise the shock factor of the killings – for example, by the rape of the young Marthella before her murder – in order to terrorise local farmers into paying for top-notch security services. Crucial to this aim was what de Wet described as the incitement of “racial hatred”.

De Wet has not gone on record as being remorseful for the killings; her statement, as yet exclusively to the Diamond Fields Advertiser, were brief and to the point. She hinted at the reason for her deliberate and exceptionally violent acts, however, when she explained that she had been in the AWB – a notorious right-wing activist group – from the age of 15, and had since been further involved in the command structures of the Leeuwag and the Boerebeskermingsforum, which she called “nothing but a front to train right-wingers for war and terror”. De Wet seems to have used her training to devastating effect in the case of the Steenkamp killings, as the triple execution in a quiet corner of the Northern Cape reverberated widely in the media and on social networks, where many locals of this dry but beautiful countryside expressed the feeling that life would never feel quite as safe again after what happened at Naauwhoek.

De Wet stated that the timing for her confession was decided by the pace of the State’s case against the 17-year old suspected of the Steenkamp murders. At the time of her confession, De Wet was already in custody on more than 40 charges including terrorism, possession of explosives and ammunition for which she had no licence. However, her confession – including the assertion that she had been party to other attacks – should see her remain under the care of Correctional Services for some time.

De Wet further claimed that she deliberately failed to shoot the teenage Don, Deon’s son and the only Steenkamp to survive the attentions of de Wet and her right-wing colleagues. Don is believed to have been elsewhere on the farm when he heard the first shots, and to have hidden in a barn until the attackers left the property. The teen stands to inherit the Steenkamps’ property, as well as part of the estate of his eponymous grandfather, who sufferd several strokes in the wake of the attacks, eventually passing away earlier this year. The total value of the Steenkamps’ farms and property is estimated to be of the order of R 23 million.

At the time of going to press, reactions to de Wet’s confession were muted, with Red October supporter Steve Hofmeyr expressing skepticism. â€œ…Toemaar. Klink my soos ‘n Eugene Terre’blanche-se-seks-met-sy-minderjarige-moordenaars tipe stront storie” (Shame, sounds like a Eugene-Terre’blanche-sex-with-his-under-age-murderers sort of rubbish story) the singer (@steve_hofmeyr) tweeted yesterday, noting that the AWB had denied in the strongest terms Cornelia de Wet’s ever having been a member. Further doubts as to the veracity of de Wet’s self-incrimination have been expressed from several quarters, but the National Prosecuting Authority has stated in the media that the Steenkamp trial against the current 17 year-old accused would, for the moment, continue as planned. 

Advocate Stoffel de Jager, acting for the accused, has made no comment on de Wet’s claims, but at this early stage, there are reports in the media that de Wet’s claims have not stood up to scrutiny. After examination by experts in Middelburg, Mpumalanga, she is believed to have been unable to describe the farm and the layout of the farmhouse with much accuracy, and her version of events – for example, regarding the disposal of the murder weapons as the attackers left the scene – do not match the testimony of the accused. In a damning comment, Tobie van den Bergh, editor of the Middleburg Observer in de Wet’s home town, claims to have known her since she was 16, and that de Wet is a fabulist requiring urgent psychological help. “She and her mother have, many times, sat in my newspaper office covered in blood. Both would swear that they had been tortured by black people”. For the moment, investigations are ongoing.

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