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Thursday, 10 August, 2000, 17:01 GMT 18:01 UK
Bail for Terreblanche
Terreblanche enters jail
Terreblache has been in jail since March
The South African far-right leader Eugene Terreblanche has been granted bail pending the outcome of an appeal against a conviction for attempted murder.

Terreblanche, leader of the Afrikaner Resistance Movement (AWB), was sentenced to six years in jail for a beating in 1997 that left a black worker paralysed.

Eugene Terreblanche
Eugene Terreblanche went to jail on horseback
However, he will not be freed immediately, as he is serving a separate one-year prison sentence for assaulting petrol station attendant John Ndzima in 1996.

Terreblanche technically becomes eligible for parole on that offence next Monday.

But South Africa's Department of Correctional Services said on Thursday it had not yet decided whether to grant parole to Terreblanche, who began serving his sentence on 30 March.

Brain damage

Terreblanche's lawyer, David de Jager, told the South African Press Association that he was unlikely to be released before September.

The appeal against the attempted murder conviction is not due to be heard before next year.

Paul Motshabi, the former employee beaten by Terreblanche, suffered severe brain damage as a result of being beaten on the head with a lead pipe.

In the 1980s and early 1990s the paramilitary AWB campaigned to preserve white rule in South Africa, and advocated white supremacist ideas.

It attracted the support of a small core of hard-line supporters, but its support and profile have dwindled in recent years.

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