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Far-right leader's payday loans firm

Star On Sunday by Sian Hewitt & John Ward | Sunday, 18 August 2013 | Click here for original article


Relaxing: Leonard Veenendaal enjoying his freedom
Relaxing: Leonard Veenendaal enjoying his freedom

A White supremacist suspected of carrying out a bombing campaign in Africa has been found by the Daily Star Sunday - running a payday loans firm in Cambridgeshire.

Leonard Veenendaal fled to the UK from South Africa in 1997 after breaking out of custody before his terror trial.

But now this newspaper can exclusively reveal Veenendaal is living in a sleepy market town with his wife and two children and running his own business.

But beneath the veneer of respectability lies an extreme past - Veenendaal was once the personal bodyguard and righthand man of the infamous racist leader Eugene Terreblanche.

He also led the Johannesburg branch of white-power group the Afrikaner Resistance Movement, which fought for a white-only state in South Africa during apartheid.

The right-wing activist was believed to be involved in a terror attack in 1989 in which a United Nations building in Namibia was blown up, killing a black security guard.

But he and others escaped from custody just before their trial by overpowering two police officers, one of whom was shot and killed.

He fled to South Africa where he was arrested a year later as one of nine white extremists thought to be behind a series of bombings aimed at anti-apartheid targets including newspaper offices, bus terminals and a synagogue.

In 1997 he came to the UK where he has lived ever since, despite international arrest warrants being issued against him. His company Onesys Financial Limited is now offering payday loans with a whopping interest rate of 2,330%.

The firm claims online it draws on "17 years of experience" and lists its values as honesty and "striving to do our very best" for customers. The business also offers unsecured personal loans and debt collection - boasting a "proven success rate" at making people pay back money owed.

Last week Veenendaal refused to talk to our reporter about his shady past when we approached him in the industrial yard in Wisbech where he runs his business.

He also has a family website on which he says he, his wife Tracy and sons Darryl and De la Rey are "fiercely proud" of their "rich historical and cultural background".

Both sons are promising rugby stars - Darryl plays for Bedford Blues in England's Championship and De La Rey has played for England Counties under-20s.

The site details the family's achievements, as well as hundreds of photos - with one section even showing pictures of Veenendaal's time in South Africa's military, fighting in the "Bush War" in Namibia and Angola.

One shocking snap shows a black man lying dead in a trench while others show Veenendaal in his uniform holding guns.

In one, a black man is tied up and blindfolded as he is interrogated and another shows a military truck with a corpse tied to the top of the wheel rim.

Before setting up his payday loans business Veenendaal worked for Cambridgeshire County Council in the education and ICT department.

A spokesman confirmed the council knew about the allegations against him but said: "A Criminal Records Bureau check was carried out and there was no reason not to employ him."



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