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Can South Africa leaders cool racial tensions after killing of white supremacist?

South Africa leaders are racing to allay concerns about security during the World Cup in June as details of Sunday's killing of white supremacist leader Eugene Terreblanche grab headlines worldwide.

African National Congress Youth League leader Julius Malema, left, from South Africa meets with Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe during his visit to neighboring Zimbabwe Monday. Followers of South Africa's slain white supremacist leader Eugene Terreblanche said Sunday, they blame Malema for spreading hate that led to his killing, amid growing racial tensions in the once white-led South Africa. Malema denied responsibility during an official visit to neighboring Zimbabwe.

Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/AP

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South Africa leaders are stepping up attempts to calm racial tensions in the wake the brutal killing of far-right white supremacist leader Eugene Terreblanche on Sunday.

Police have described the killing of Mr. Terreblanche as a tragic end to a wage dispute with two black farm workers, but members of Terreblanche's far-right Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging (AWB) party have called it "a declaration of war" by blacks against whites.

And as details of the killing heighten concerns about security during the World Cup in June, AWB Secretary-General Andre Visagie warned countries against sending their soccer teams to "a land of murder."

South Africa officials, meanwhile, are urging people to resist racial incitement and insisting that the killing has no bearing on security ahead of the World Cup.

"I can say that with the plans we have put in place, with our tough stance in the fight against crime, we are starting to see the results," police minister Nathi Mthetwa said. "There will be no person who commits a crime in South Africa and kill people or a person, and get away scot-free without the full might of the law."

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