Posts Tagged ‘Afrikaners’
UNPO publishes report on unrepresented South African minorities
Compiled by J. Mare
30 December, 2012
The Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization
According to their website, the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) is… “an international, nonviolent, and democratic membership organisation. Its members are indigenous peoples, minorities, and unrecognised or occupied territories who have joined together to protect and promote their human and cultural rights, to preserve their environments, and to find nonviolent solutions to conflicts which affect them.
Although the aspirations of UNPO Members differ greatly, they are all united by one shared condition – they are not adequately represented at major international fora, such as the United Nations. As a consequence, their opportunity to participate on the international stage is significantly limited, as is their ability to access and draw upon the support of the global bodies mandated to defend their rights, protect their environments, and mitigate the effects of conflict.“
South African members
The African Nationalist regime of South Africa does not acknowledge existing minorities within its borders, even though South Africa is a multi-ethnic, multi-lingual and multi-cultural territory. There are at least 13 distinct languages spoken in South Africa that enjoys constitutional protection, although the nations speaking those languages, are not recognized.
In addition to the report on Southern Africa, UNPO also published details on all its other members in the report. To access the full report and view the concerns, conditions and issues effecting minorities in your area – click on the link at the end of this excerpt
Members examined: Rehoboth Basters, Vhavenda, Afrikaner
The pursuit of economic and political stability of Southern Africa is a great concern to the countries in the region.
Like many other nations in the continent, colonialism has left its mark on development, but has also led to the coming together of new cultures and the creation of new traditions to represent these changes. The main factors impeding economic growth of today’s Southern Africa have to do with poverty, corruption and discrimination, which represent some of the same struggles our Members experience in the region as well.
The Rehoboth Basters
In central Namibia lies the Rehoboth Basters people, descendants of European Colonists and Indigenous Khoi-People. During colonial times, they set up their own political system, which guaranteed them the right to selfdetermination.
The German occupation, however, ended at World War I, and Namibia (formally called South West Africa) became a League of Nations Mandate territory, administered by the Government of the Union of South
During the South African occupation, much of the Basters rights were suppressed, and their land alienated. In the late 70’s South Africa passed the ‘Rehoboth Selfgovernment Act’ granting the Basters autonomy, allowing them to grow and develop.
In 1990, Namibia became an independent nation and the Baster self-Government was abolished. Seeing that it was the self-Government itself who owned the Bastercommunal land, with its extinction, all the land was seized and claimed by the newly formed Namibian government.
The pretext for this illegal shift of ownership was that it was public property under the South African rule. The Basters were the sole minority community to not receive any compensation for their loss. Furthermore, their traditional authorities are also not recognized due to the fact that they no longer hold any communal land. It is thus clear that the Basters lack the same status as all other ethnic groups of Namibia, as they are also the only ethnic community to not be included in the 2002 Communal Land Reform Act.
In the coming years, the Rehoboth Basters have made several attempts to regain control of their land, but their rights remain neglected. Besides land and property rights issues, Basters also suffer discrimination against their language and cultural heritage.
In the last year, UNPO worked closely with the Basters to guarantee further awareness for their cause. In August 2012, the organization brought to the attention of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Prof. James Anaya, the main issues facing the Basters, and appealed to him to visit their community during his official visit to the country the following month. The Special Rapporteur thus met with Baster leaders, where they discussed their struggles pursuing economic, social and cultural development.
In the neighboring country of South Africa, two Members also strive for greater representation and respect for their cultural heritage.
The Vhavenda are a tribal community living mostly near the South African border with Zimbabwe. During the apartheid era, the National Party of Venda was the ruling party of the Venda homeland, a self-governing region.
Nonetheless, as South Africa transitioned to democracy,in early 1990’s, the National Party of Venda was suspended and the Venda homeland re-absorbed into South Africa, in 1994. In the same year, the Venda Pension
Fund, which was created in 1979 for the Venda Civil Servants working for the homeland, was privatized and liquidated. Beneficiaries were promised their proceeds before the amalgamation of the funds.
The privatization exercise, nevertheless, did not live up to the desired objective as the beneficiaries did not receive the benefits they were entitled to. They were denied their rightful pension claims from
the beginning, although it corresponds to a constitutional right in South Africa.
The case was brought before the Court, but no favorable resolution has yet been reached. UNPO will thus continue to press strongly for the
recognition of their rights within South Africa and plans on pursuing a campaign to bring more international awareness to their cause.
Also in South Africa, another group has been struggling to preserve their cultural identity and language: the Afrikaners. Afrikaners are the descendants of early European settlers that migrated to South Africa during the seventeenth century. Afrikaners are mostly a Germanic ethnic group, descending from mostly Dutch, but also French and German origins.
South Africa was under Dutch control until 1795, when itwas taken over by British forces. The Afrikaans-speaking community soon became discontent with the new colonial rule and migrated to the country’s interior, hoping to establish independent republics. Two of them were
founded in the 19th century and unrest soon erupted asgold was finally found in the region. This led to a series of gold rushes, which attracted prospectors to their land and caused tension with the local Afrikaner population. As war broke out, the Afrikaner republics were reinstated
under British rule, and were later combined to form the
Union of South Africa.
As segregation policies were gradually implemented, discrimination legislation soon led to the separation ofpublic spaces based on ethnic divisions. The Apartheid era was finally declared over in the early 1990s, when Nelson Mandela, F.W. de Klerk, among others, paved the way for
democratic elections upon holding a referendum on thematter. In 1994, the Freedom Front Plus party wasfounded to represent the Afrikaner interest within thenewly formed democracy. The importance of the creation of the party lies on the fact that in the past years, the Afrikaner community has witnessed increasing disregard for their cultural, economic and political rights, despitespecific guarantees by the Constitution.
Language rights are one of the key issues. Over 50% of the schools that used Afrikaans as a language ofinstruction have been dismantled since the end of Apartheid. Also, towns and place names in Afrikaans have been deliberately changed and there are much fewer of them left as a result. The language issues may well force Afrikaners to learn other traditional African languages, but also imposes a threat to the cultural identity of the
In early 2012, the government expressed interestin changing the name of the country’s executive capitalPretoria to Tshwane. However, surveys have shown that most South Africans are against the name change is it may bring further disagreement among its people.
In addition to this, Afrikaners, especially farmers, havebecome a key target for ethnic violence. The governmentoften describes these attacks as intrinsic to the largerscenario of violence prevailing in the country. However,many believe particular attacks to be motivated by antiwhite
motivations, as an attempt to drive the farmers off
UNPO vehemently condemns the unlawful killings ofAfrikaner farmers and calls for ongoing monitoring of thesituation in South Africa. In 2011, the UNPO Program Coordinator paid a visit to South Africa and met with
young Afrikaner representatives to discuss future project ideas and implementations by the organization and the Freedom Front Plus. The promotion and protection of cultural and political rights is of particular value to UNPO and we will continue to campaign for accountability within
the South African government.
28 October 2012
Building towards freedom
This week the newly established Vryburger (Free Citizen) news site and mouthpiece of the Volksraad (National Council) of the Boere-Afrikaner, reports some very exiting news that should bring hope to many Afrikaners, yearning for positive news.The publication claims history was made on Saturday, 20 October 2012 during the annual general meeting of the Oranje Business Institute.
Welcoming another new member
Introducing the newly established OIDC
At the end of the presentation delegates filled out many new applications for membership of this new corporation.Dolf Buitendach, Chief Executive Officer of Oranjekas announced three important new projects. Many delegates have confirmed their share holding by transferring the necessary funds to OIDC.
New dynamic team chosen
The OBI on economic empowerment and Afrikaner poor
The Nazi extermination-strategy of the ANC
By Jacques Mare
Pretoria, South Africa - 21 October, 2012
Using poverty as a Nazi, extermination-tool
Well-known Boer-Afrikaner activist and veteran journalist, Adriana Stuijt made this observation about the dehumanizing poverty found in the Afrikaner community this week:
“If one compares the current situation that many hundreds-of-thousands of Afrikaners find themselves in, I see very little difference between that and the misery of the Polish Jews shortly after the Nazi invasion of Poland. Photo’s shows a rapidly impoverished community who had no idea of the fate that awaited them” - Censorbugbear Reports
Stuijt herself had been a refugee of the Nazi aggression and together with her family fled to South Africa to escape the heavy bombardment of Rotterdam in the Netherlands, during WWII. She says she can still remember the devastation, crumbling buildings and the dust and despair in the faces of those scavenging among the ruins of her city. For Stuijt, unlike most people living today, genocide is more than just an abstract concept. She’ seen, lived and can still remember the slow decline into insanity. Her observation brings the current suffering of Afrikaners (her adopted people) starkly into focus. Wasn’t this exactly the way the Nazi’s had planned and executed their annihilation of European Jews? Didn’t they create laws barring Jews from trading, working and even living in certain areas? Didn’t this lead to filthy Jewish ghettos that later became the scenes of forced removals to slave camps and execution by death squads?
The similarities are startling – Afrikaners are barred from the job market by the ANC regime, they find themselves unable to support themselves, living in ‘squatter camp-ghettos’ on the fringes of South African cities, or – erect makeshift shacks in the backyards of other poverty-stricken people in urban areas. They constantly have to endure government sanctioned hate-speech calling for their mass extermination, just like the Jews.
It seems a though the ANC’s Nazi-plan is now in full swing:
Marginalize, Disarm, Impoverish, Exterminate.
Afrikaner Poverty in Context
Juanita du Preez, spokesperson for the Helping Hand charity organization serving this community, said in a statement on World Poverty Eradication Day 17 October that according to StasSA 4,47 million South Africans are unemployed.
Source:Solidarity Helping Hand regrets high levels of poverty on 17 October – World observes International Day for the Eradication of Poverty | Solidarity Helping Hand
Of these 4.47 million unfortunate individuals a smallest estimate of 650 000 Afrikaners out of a population of 4,3 million are living in abject poverty (or 15.11%) and yet, Afrikaners (white ethnic Europeans) who make up only 9% of the national population, are disproportionately over-represented at 14,4% of 4.47 million unemployed.
To furthermore accentuate the plight of Afrikaners, the Solidarity Movement has pointed out that blacks are over-represented in the public sector because of Affirmative action and that government does nothing to rectify the discrepancy, yet they (the government) insist that Affirmative action should continue, when the need for it has long since expired. This lack of corrective action by government, is indicative of their intent towards Afrikaners.
The movement, through their subsidiary Afriforum, is involved in a protracted legal battle (against the government and companies in the private sector implementing racist genocidal employment policies) and has announced that they are challenging 33 cases in the South African courts, to try to stem the tide of unemployment in the Afrikaner communities. Facebook status update: Dirk Hermann: Solidarity
The censorbugbear blog published this insight into the problem:
In this regard, it is also worrying that the number of squatter-camps for fired Afrikaner artisans and other ‘white’ workers has mushroomed (another 19 new camps were identified in this time-period). These skilled artisans are being fired under the ANC’s striving for 100% black-African job-occupation under its racist black-economic-empowerment laws. The ANC-regime denies that they are deliberately firing ‘white’ workers and replacing them only with lesser-skilled ‘black African’ workers – however Solidarity trade union has recorded a growing number of their members being fired from government- and private economic enterprises in 2012 only because of their skin-colour, and private & state-run enterprises such as Eskom, the SA Police Service and the Public Health Service all are firing ‘white’ workers and/or refusing to advance them inside the organisations to higher-level positions: which are kept for black-African job seekers only. Similar incidents were also recorded at for instance the Woolworths company, resulting in a boycot and legal protests against the company’s anti-white hiring policies by its primarily ‘white’ customers. Thus foreign-owned companies also are helping in the genocide-campaign against Afrikaner whites in South Africa.
Highlighting Afrikaner poverty:
(Born in a stable, born into ANC oppression)
This week The Farmitracker (Boer-Afrikaner Genocide tracker website) published this story highlighting the extreme nature of the poverty-problem in our communities:
Nothing highlights the grinding poverty of Afrikaners in South Africa better than the plight of this young family: denied all access to the job-market by the black-economic-empowerment laws of the ANC-regime, denied all survival-benefits, even food-aid. And living in a stable. This is the history of the little Afrikaans boy who was born in a stable. Aid-worker Pieter Oosthuizen of FarmitrackerAid.org writes on Oct 14 2012 of the plight of a young Afrikaner family he took some food-aid to on Saturday – and whose name he does not want to reveal – which has been discovered living in the ruin of a stable. Above: their five-month son — Mr Oosthuizen writes ‘let’s call him W-junior’ — was born in this stable below. With the family too poor for transportation so that they can visit birth-control centres, he also has two little sisters. This family lives just 50 metres away from a pig-sty and other farm-animals. Little W-junior’s birth has not yet been registered: the family have no money nor any transport to go and do so.
Afrikaner baby born in a stable – Afrikaner poverty | FarmiTracker
Like uninformed, ignorant sheep to the slaughter
Many Afrikaners are living a life of blissful unawareness and in denial of their precarious position. Many vote for the all-inclusive, pro-integration party, the Democratic Alliance in the hope that this will stall and ultimately reverse their fortunes (stave of the inevitable). Many are ashamed of their heritage, their culture and their past – and prefer to be called ‘Afrikaanses’ (Afrikaanss-peaking South African)- to disentangle themselves from the Afrikaner nation and its Apartheid past.
Many, however, believe that the cognitive preparation for annihilation, planted and brewing in the heads of the militant comrades in the ANC, is fighting to overpower the desire for peace and reconciliation propagated by the post-Apartheid organization. It is our belief that violent retribution and annihilation, long since planned for our community by ANC structures, is beginning to take shape all around us. If we look back into the recent past we see examples of mass atrocities that had taken shape right under the noses of those very people who became the victims.It wasn’t even, as thought they (the victims) did not know about the perpetrators plans (in every case it was widely published and propagated beforehand) but they just simply chose not to believe that human beings can and will stoop so low. The very act of genocide is incomprehensible, and yet it happens, regularly.
It seems as though Afrikaners are choosing to ignore the inevitable, at their own peril.
Sifting through the pile of pictures from the holocaust and blowing the dust off of the faces of those that had suffered and paid the greatest price for freedom, one can’t help wondering whether there’ll be any Afrikaners left one day – when the ANC has completed their ‘work’
Mantashe warns Afrikaner-farmers of ‘Marikana’
Gwede Mantashe (File, Sapa)
Johannesburg – Established farmers need to take emerging farmers under their wing to avoid a “Marikana” type of uprising, ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe said on Thursday.
“Help emerging farmers… if you are not doing that you are going to have restlessness,” he told the Agri SA congress in Muldersdrift.
Mantashe said the wildcat strikes across the country, including the violent illegal strike at Lonmin’s platinum mine in Marikana in August, were not “merely about wages”.
“We are not benefiting from the wealth of the country. Wake up.”
Farmers must be part of change in the country, he said.
Black emerging farmers who had not previously had access to land, now lacked skills.
“The question of dispossession… is equally the process of de-skilling,” he said.
Mantashe told the farmers there was no shame in state intervention in the economy, but said “wholesale nationalisation would be a disaster”.
“You are not going to see a land grab without compensation under the ANC.”
Instead land redistribution should be done to primarily favour food security.
“Everything else is secondary,” he said.
He said land redistribution should be underpinned by improved efficiencies in the recapitalisation and development programmes offered to emerging farmers. At the moment, the programmes were implemented too slowly.
The land audit, being undertaken by the rural development and land reform department, needed to be completed.
“We must know what we are talking about, we must not guess,” Mantashe said.
There needed to be certainty about land owned by the state, land bought for redistribution, and land that was “off the radar”.
“I suspect that there’s more land that has gone to those (black) farmers that buy farms privately than land that has been redistributed through the land programme.”
Land bought privately by black farmers was not quantified, which was a problem.
Earlier this year, Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti said the audit would be completed by June.
However, at the African National Congress’s policy conference in June, it was announced it would be completed by December.
Mantashe called on Agri SA to give regular input to government to help shape policy.
The great debate – should Pretoria be renamed?
By: Jacques Mare 06 October 2012
PRETORIA, South Africa - The Pretoria name change debate happened today at several venues, in and around the city. These public meetings gave everyone the opportunity to vent their anger, suggest alternatives or offer support for the unilateral decision that the council has decided upon in 2005 already. In fact, today was just a cosmetic exercise to give the impression that proper rules have been followed. In reality this meeting was futile and worthless – in toto.
Emotion versus History
“You (Boers) should be grateful that the ANC still bothers to consult with you!”
Close to the end of the meeting, one (Tswana) speaker observed that the hall has become progressively ‘black’, suggesting that the white attendees have left because they don’t want to listen to the arguments of the others (blacks).
Here are some of the arguments( Video clips) against name change:
Stop the Murders! – International campaign commences
By Jacques Mare
04 October, 2012
PRETORIA – South Africa
Afrikaner human and civil rights pressure-group, Afriforum launched their ‘Stop the Murders” campaign last month. They decided on a 12 point program to highlight the plight of the Afrikaner-farmer in South Africa. One of those actions is geared at informing and soliciting international support for their cause.
Afriforum delivered a memorandum today, 04 October 2012, to 110 embassies and institutions explaining why they need international support for this cause. They appealed to all recipients to put pressure on the ANC government to declare Afrikaner-farm murders a priority crime. Source: Afriforum Facebook Page: News Announcement
This will ensure that more time, money and general effort be redirected toward the safety of rural farming communities, who are now at the mercy of black ANC militias, maiming,torturing and killing the food-growers of this country.
South African farmers produce and supply most of the food needs of South Africa as well as most Southern African countries like, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and even as far afield as Angola and beyond into the interior of tropical Africa.
American based Genocide Watch declared the attacks against Afrikaner farmers as “deliberate” and a possible “genocide in the making”.
“We are convinced that these attacks are not accidental” Gregory Stanton said at the TAU news conference on the 26 July 2012. In order to upgrade the status of this vulnerable group to that of a fully fledged genocide…”we need the smoking gun”, he said. In other words, they/we need to identify the person(s) and/or groups responsible for ordering these mass killings and forced displacements. Source: Genocide Watch
The pro Afrikaans action group PRAAG then published a shocking article describing evidence, exposing incidents where SA police officers were found to recruit black youths of local squatter camps, for military training at SANDF bases (South African Defense Force – bases) all over the country for covert, non-specified operations that may very possibly be directed at violence against Afrikaners in rural, as well as urban areas.
This revelation does not come entirely as a shock since many news sources, blogs and other social network pages have published reports containing evidence of these murder-gangs and the way the work. The farming community is however not the only group targeted for annihilation by these pro-government militias. Many Afrikaners feel that the description of the ‘vulnerable group’ should change to incorporate ALL Afrikaners since urban Afrikaners are increasingly the victims of violent house-invasions, robberies and car hijackings. It is also common for whole families to be wiped out during robberies or attempted robberies in, what the South African government describe as, “just crime”. Most of the time however these cowards target the frail and elderly. Source 1: Censorbugbear.org, / Source 2: Farmitracker Crime Reports
To those of you residing outside of South Africa, please help us to spread the word of these atrocities. You can write to your councilor, statesmen or women, governors, presidents, government ministers and/ or local press, activist groups etc and urge them to take action.
With your help, we can: ” Stop the Murders!”
A Dozen Projects against Farm Murders:
1. Launch awareness campaigns on local and international level.
2. Involve opinion makers to take a stand against farm murders.
3. Introduce a research report on farm murders.
4. Garner support from other organisations.
5. Investigate a legal strategy.
6. Act against hate speech.
7. Prepare for an international campaign.
8. Hold a national day of protest.
9. Hold meetings with the Minister of Police and the National Police Commissioner.
10. Organise local protests against farm murders.
11. Support local community safety networks.
12. Offer assistance to victims.
More news for Afriforum on the Afrikaner Journal:
- Afriforum addresses the UN in Geneva about farm murders in SA
- Afriforum to take Malema battle to UN
- ANC blamed for farm murders
- Afrikaans students barred from South African Universities
- Malema Allegedly Threatens Afriforum Leaders With IFP Fate
- Stop the Murders | AfriForum
- About AfriForum | AfriForum
- Kraal Publishers to order your copy of ”Land of Sorrow” (Treurgrond) and other publications and/or video’s like (War of the Flea) on CD.
This Friends4Humanity video presentation explains in vivid detail the reason for this call to action -
PLEASE NOTE THE VISUALS ARE NOT SUITABLE FOR SENSITIVE VIEWERS OR SMALL CHILDREN – 18+ RECOMMENDED
Absolute exclusion of white employment applicants to be challenged in court
By J. Mare
16 September, 2012
Pretoria- South Africa
Solidarity to challenge absolute exclusion of whites job applicants
Dirk Hermann, deputy executive head of Solidarity, announced that they will challenge the absolute exclusion of white employment applicants from advertisements for available employment by the National Blood Services. They want the court to decide on the legality of whether an employer may absolutely prohibit applicants of certain race groups from applying for vacant positions in advertisements for the latter.
According to Solidarity’s media statement the action is necessary especially after Woolworths did the same earlier this month causing an outcry from the general white public about the unfairness and blatant racism of the practice. The statement furthermore reveals that since the Woolworths scandal, workers for the South African National Blood Service, contacted the union about the same exclusion clause in advertisements for vacant positions at the service.
Hermann says that the ‘Woolworths-principle’ whereby people of certain races are prohibited from applying for vacant employment positions should be tested in court. He says that the SANBS proves the fact that this practice is more common than previously thought. In terms of the Blood Services case, they will be acting on behalf of two applicants.
Hermann furthermore said that should they succeed, it will set a precedent, other companies like Woolworths, practicing absolute prohibition based on race, will have to follow. Dirk Groenewald (head -Solidarity Labor Court section) said that they will likely be in court this coming week to apply for an interdict to prevent SANBS from filling vacant positions while the other case is heard.
Apparently the SANBS started a ‘redundancy-campaign’ whereby they’ve offered older white employees over 55 early retirement packages in order to create vacancies for younger black incumbents. Solidarity claims that 13 positions have been created through this process thus far. The Service is advertising these posts exclusively for black work seekers.
Two SANBS employees Theodore Reyneke and Sanet Schönfeldt (boasting respectively a 23 and a 27 years service), are taking their employer to court because they are excluded from applying for the those same positions.
Hermann says that they’d like to test the principle and are calling on all people to ‘bleed for the principle’ by donating blood and then lodging complaints with the Blood Service. He says, they don’t want the court action to be the cause of people refusing to donate blood.
Groenewald said that according to them the ‘Woolworths principle’, is neither morally, nor legally acceptable. The Blood Services court case, should now lead to clarity pertaining the legal principle at hand. He says we will have to wait to see whether Woolworths will change their advertising campaign because of this.
Affirmative Action was developed as a way to redress past injustices against persons of Colour in the United States. Since then, this redress principle has been incorporated into the legal systems of many countries around the world. It was meant to uplift communities who would otherwise not have been capable of uplifting themselves and create conditions of equality in the workplace.
It has however since its inception been the cause of greater racial disharmony than ever anticipated by its creators. Take South Africa for instance, Affirmative Action has been incorporated into this legal system to undo perceived Apartheid injustices, that excluded the majority of South Africans from certain employment sectors, and to create conditions that would rectify past wrongs and alleviate poverty.
The South African government signed the EA (Equity Act) into law as well as other related legislation like the BEE (Black Economic Empowerment Act), The revised B-BEEE and several other to deal specifically with this issue of addressing unemployment and up-liftment of the Black community.
Since then the result of this racist legislation has led to the mushrooming of white squatter camps and a surge in abject poverty in these communities, not seen since the devastation after the Anglo Boer war or the Great Depression. According to estimates up to 800 000 Afrikaners and other whites have been the victims of this legislation and are now living in squalor.
It is our belief that the ANC government has overstepped the moral boundaries governing the principle of Affirmative action and that they are now actively using it, as a weapon to destroy the Afrikaner nation. The above ‘redundancy’ campaign is one example of this.
As a restorative principle/practice – addressing past injustices and present unemployment issues – it has been very successful. The problem with such radical intervention methods (based on race) such as Affirmative action is – when has it achieved its goal?
Has Affirmative Action reached its goal?
The Afrikaner community demands to know the following:
When have you reached the stage when the aim of the legislation has reached its goal?
Is is morally acceptable to let it continue and become a weapon against members of other races (in this case, the white minority)?
Shouldn’t there be a ‘dissolving clause’, governing the life-span of legislation such as this,
- to prevent new injustices,
- to prevent conditions that would bring about the destruction of the effected group and
- to prevent genocide?
How is it that this ‘special intervention’ is excluded from the ‘unfair discrimination-’ and ‘human rights’ clauses of the constitution?
Why is South Africa the only country in the world where it is acceptable to discriminate against a minority?
The result of Affirmative Action:
‘Blikkiesdorp’- A portrait of misery and hope: Introduction
SA: Violent service delivery protests on eve of Human Rights day
Business Day: Affirmative Action not to blame for white poverty
Afrikaner poverty caused by the ANC
Afrikaner Poverty: Photos
Afrikaner Poverty: How YOU can make a DIFFERENCE !!!
You’d also want to read:
No Whites for Woolworths
Campaigns against racism at Woolworths:
You can follow the Solidarity Movement campaign against Woolworths here:
Stop Woolworths | Solidariteit
Or the PRAAG – (Pro Afrikaans Action Group) anti-Woolworths campaign here:
Aikona Woolworths! petition | petisie : praag.org
The Department of Trade and Industry | B-BBEE Website
Ignorance feeds resentment towards whites
August 21 2012 at 06:49pm
By Max du Preez
Max Du Preez
Go back to Holland, read the poster at a protest rally during the Jacob Zuma Spear episode. I saw a similar one at a protest last week. In 2005, Judge John Hlophe allegedly called a white Afrikaans-speaking lawyer a “white s***” and told him to “go back to Holland”. Last week an angry woman told me on Twitter to go back to Holland after I criticised the president.
Less malicious, but as ignorant, was the very sympathetic young black man who recently asked me to explain how it happened that “you Dutch people didn’t go back to the Netherlands after the British became the coloniser of SA”.
Perhaps it is this ignorance of our history that feeds the still festering resentment towards white South Africans.
Many black South Africans still see us as colonial occupiers.
I am not saying they don’t have reason to resent whites, but it would help if they did it for the right reason, so to speak. White South Africans have a lot to answer to, but being here is not one of them.
This obsession with colonialists is not unrelated to the surge of narrow black nationalism in the ANC. But it was former president Thabo Mbeki who reintroduced the colonial terminology with his constant references to whites being colonialists of a special kind.
Some black intellectuals specialise in analysing the South African question in terms of colonialism.
This was very clear during the Zuma Spear debate when several analysts trotted out explanations of the white colonialist obsession with the black penis and compared artist Brett Murray’s depiction of Zuma with his genitals exposed to the case of Saartjie Baartman, the Khoi woman who was paraded naked in Europe more than a century ago because of what they thought was her peculiar body shape.
Let us start with the Holland obsession. I am a typical Afrikaner in terms of ancestry, so let me explain who my ancestors were.
I get my surname from Hercule des Pres, a French Huguenot who fled from religious prosecution and arrived at the Cape in 1687. His son Philippe married the daughter of a slave in 1727.
My mother’s first local ancestor was a Kruger who arrived from Germany a few years earlier. His son Jakop married a slave woman in 1718.
My paternal grandmother was a Saayman, or Zaayman as the family was originally called. They came with the first Dutch settlers in the 1650s. Daniel Zaayman married Pieternella, daughter of Krotoa, the Khoi woman who lived at the household of Jan van Riebeeck.
I unfortunately do not know who my maternal grandparents were.
So I am not really from Holland. I am a proper bastard. I have been to Holland several times and, apart from being able to decipher much of the language, it is not a familiar place to me.
The food, the architecture, the clothes, the attitudes are not what I am familiar with. In contrast, I felt very much at home the first time I went to London in my early twenties, despite the fact that I have no British blood in me.
My earliest French, Dutch and German ancestors at the Cape all became trekboers, farmers who worked the land independently of the Dutch East India Company.
Several of them are recorded in the history books as being among those who rose up against first the Dutch and then the British colonial authorities.
I am married to someone who passes as a white English-speaking South African. And yet her paternal ancestors were Indian and Chinese from Mauritius, mixed up locally with Afrikaners and descendants of the 1820 British Settlers.
A large chunk of white English-speaking South Africans are descendants of the farmers who were settled in SA by the British government in 1820. They also stopped being British long ago and got intermarried with other groups, like Afrikaners.
But there are many other white South Africans that do not have Afrikaners or 1820 settlers among their ancestors and have also become proper African South Africans.
Think of people like George Bizos, who was born in Greece; Joe Slovo, born in Lithuania; Johnny Clegg, born in England; or Maria Ramos, born in Portugal. Colonialists? I don’t think so.
I have long made it my business to help educate white South Africans about black South Africans’ history and have written extensively on pre-colonial African leaders and events.
I thought it was important for white South Africans to get a proper appreciation of this part of our past in order to understand the attitudes and memories of the majority.
But perhaps an equally important task is to help black South Africans to properly understand |the history of their white compatriots.
An absolute precondition for what has become a new catch phrase, social cohesion, is a proper acceptance on behalf of black South Africans of the fact that white South Africans are not settlers, but an integral part of this nation.
Pretoria, South Africa,
06 February 2012:
Helen Zille wrote today in the Cape Times that White and Black victims are in denial.
Miss Zille argues that both races should learn from the late Steve Biko who advocated a change of attitude or perception about their humanity in order to free their minds and truly become South Africans.
She quotes Biko who proposed that whites should be ‘made to realize’ that they are not superior, but human and blacks should be made to realize they’re human not inferior. Biko, she says, wanted people to free their minds …”wage a struggle inside their heads. They had to stop seeing themselves as victor or victim and start believing in their own and other peoples’ value and legitimacy as equal human beings”.
“Only when people have freed their minds will they be able to change their own circumstances…. Human beings (blacks in that context) are not merely passive victims…they can choose to become agents of development and progress in the environment.”
From the above miss Zille decides that many white South Africans (note how she refuses attach an identity to the current victims) see themselves as victims. She says that victimhood gives them a ‘sense of identity’ and ‘entitlement’ – allows them to disengage from the ‘project of nation building’ and justifies the ‘creating of a comfort zone with other victims in which to reinforce a sense of ‘grievance’ through constant complain.
Furthermore, she labels these people as ‘professional whites’ – a term she’s proudly coined to justify her demonization of Afrikaners and Whites in general.
I’d like to respond to Miss Zilles’ tirade with the following: It is clear that she’s noted the recent developments in Europe with scorn and maybe a sense of trepidation. She must’ve seen the response and heard what was being said about the hideous murders of the farmers and the slaughter of urban Afrikaner at the conference held at the European Parliament to discuss these very issues, she (Zille) don’t seem to be able to address on behalf of the very electorate that had entrusted her with their needs.
She implies that Afrikaners (yes, miss Zille, that is who we are – we are Boere Afrikaners) are still deluded by the idea that they are superior to other South Africans – a suggestion that is not only far-fetched, but in the current circumstances, way beyond ridiculous.
She also implies that we shouldn’t see ourselves as victims (as if we need her permission) and even if we do qualify as victims, it is our own responsibility to overcome our own adverse circumstances.
In response to that piece of advice just this: We wouldn’t have needed to plead for help from foreigners if you’d done your job, lady – if you’d taken up the torch on behalf of us, and fought for our rights. Yes, our human rights, miss Zille the very same human rights afforded to all South Africans, but it has become clear that the only rights you are interested in fighting for, are those of those voters that can put you in power, namely the black vote.
We’ve realized, quite some time ago that you fancy yourself the Morgan Changerai of South Africa. You aspire to be more than just the queen of Cape Town. Well miss Zille, thank you for showing us who you really are. For your information the ‘project of nation building’ that you’re referring to is doomed to fail, because we don’t have to built nothing of the sorts – South Africa already consist of many nations.
This fact, you and your fellow ambitious project-builders conveniently overlook in your zeal to combine a fragile ‘majority of money’ that can put you into power. Furthermore we take exception to your sarcastic reference of our victimhood. We are dying – no thanks to you. We are losing our lives, sometimes on a daily basis.
We are losing the right to have our children educated in their own mother-tongue. The government is actively running a racist quota system to prevent our children from attending university. We are getting marginalized and impoverished with every piece of racist legislation promulgated by this Marxist ANC regime. We cannot find employment because we don’t qualify for the same human right (equal access to employment opportunities) that your black voters qualify for – all of this while you are watching and doing jack shit.
Don’t tell me I cannot claim to be a victim, don’t you dare! You have been right about one thing though, miss Zille, and that is that we’ve been suffering from the ‘psyche of victimhood’ for too long. We’ve allowed you to keep us there – because we trusted you. For a long time we couldn’t understand why our condition kept worsening – and now we know.
You’ve been keeping us docile and pacified us with your empty promises and lately, your silence on issues of life and death to this community, is speaking for itself. You should’ve been in Belgium, you should’ve fought the good fight, but alas – you didn’t bother.
Well, the honeymoon is over.
Now that we’ve discovered that part of the reason for our victimhood, is due to your inability and blatant disregard for our rights and needs, we are taking back our future out of your hands. We don’t need you Zille….Why we ever thought that we needed you for anything in the first place, I’ll never know but, I can assure you, we are done with you.
21 December 2011
By Sonia Hruska
No human or civil rights for the white minority or Afrikaner in South Africa
The right to identity has secured a prominent place in the discourse of human rights and certain privileges, like inherent right to life, that safeguard minorities against gross human rights violations are basic human rights for any member of the human race, but ironically, it excludes the Afrikaner. Thus Afrikaners cannot make claim to minority or human rights or the right to self determination. Neither can we claim protection via International law because we are automatically excluded as we “might”, reflect a desire to go back to apartheid.
In her book, Minority protection in post-apartheid South Africa: Human Rights, Minority Rights and Self-determination, Kristin Henrard, expert on minorities and human rights and professor at Erasmus University Rotterdam, explicitly states that Article 27 ICCPR (http://www2.ohchr.org/english/law/ccpr.htm), the international law provision on minority rights par excellence, is generally referred to when the right to identity is directly related to minority protection.”
Article 27 states: “In those States in which ethnic, religious or linguistic minorities exist, persons belonging to such minorities shall not be denied the right, in community with the other members of their group, to enjoy their own culture, to profess and practice their own religion, or to use their own language.” But what if you are not allowed to exercise that right because you are not allowed the right to identity?
She further continues to state: “the right to identity has secured a prominent place in the discourse of human rights” but then furthermore states that ” but at the same time confines the scope of such special measures. Minority protection cannot be used to support claims for measures that would institute certain privileges for (members of) minority groups that cannot be justified by the demands of substantive equality. In this regard, one can think of some of the demands of a section of the Afrikaner minority in post-apartheid South Africa as they (might) reflect a desire to go back to apartheid times or preserve affluence and advantages obtained during apartheid.”
To summarize an expert, who is informing human rights and minority rights policy for the UN: The Afrikaner will not be afforded the rights as set out in the ICCPR and is denied the right to an identity. They cannot claim human, civil, minority rights or the right to self determination. Will somebody then please tell me how two wrongs make a right?
Furthermore, during the African Human Rights Day conference in Parktown, held on Oct 21 2009 it was obvious how this denial of human rights to Afrikaners gives the government unlimited right to intimidate and dehumanize Afrikaners with approval from the Human Rights Commission. According to the Human Rights Commission chairman: “as a Sotho whose ancestral lands were taken away before 1930 he, as a member of the black majority, was not prepared to make any kind of concessions to the civil rights of the Afrikaner minority.” Thus confirming that the Afrikaner are excluded from enjoying civil rights in South Africa and in direct violation of: Article 3, of the ICCPR: The States Parties to the present Covenant undertake to ensure the equal right of men and women to the enjoyment of all civil and political rights set forth in the present Covenant. At the same conference, the IEC president, Pansy Tlakula said: “South Africa does not need a special dispensation to cater for indigenous groups and minorities as its Constitution protects and guarantees the cultural, linguistic and religious rights of all her people,” Which again shows that they are denying their true intentions, the collective punishment strategy of the white minority under the constitutional veil.
It should then rather read: The States Parties to the present Covenant undertake to ensure the equal right of men and women, excluding the Afrikaner in South Africa, to the enjoyment of all civil and political rights set forth in the present Covenant.
The above then clearly explains how warnings by Dr Gregory Stanton are ignored although they would have been accepted as early warning mechanisms to draw the attention of Member States to situations where racial discrimination has reached alarming levels if it was any other minority group. It also explains why whites are being raped, tortured and murdered under the blanket excuse that it is just crime, but it does not explain the hours of torture they have to endure and where often nothing is stolen.
It will also explain why Afrikaner students are denied their right to education and why whites are being denied access to work and the economic sector through affirmative action and black Economic Empowerment.
“The States Parties to the present Covenant,
Considering that, in accordance with the principles proclaimed in the Charter of the United Nations, recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family (except Afrikaners) is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world,
Recognizing that these rights derive from the inherent dignity of the human person (except for Afrikaners),
Recognizing that, in accordance with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the ideal of free human beings (except Afrikaners) enjoying civil and political freedom and freedom from fear and want can only be achieved if conditions are created whereby everyone may enjoy his civil and political rights, as well as his economic, social and cultural rights,
Considering the obligation of States under the Charter of the United Nations to promote universal respect for, and observance of, human rights and freedoms (except for Afrikaners),
Realizing that the individual (except Afrikaners), having duties to other individuals and to the community to which he belongs, is under a responsibility to strive for the promotion and observance of the rights recognized in the present Covenant,”
Even more ironically, Article 1 should then also read:
“1. All peoples (except Afrikaners) have the right of self-determination. By virtue of that right they freely determine their political status and freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development.
2. All peoples (except Afrikaners) may, for their own ends, freely dispose of their natural wealth and resources without prejudice to any obligations arising out of international economic co-operation, based upon the principle of mutual benefit, and international law. In no case may a people be deprived of its own means of subsistence (except Afrikaners) .
3. The States Parties to the present Covenant, including those having responsibility for the administration of Non-Self-Governing and Trust Territories, shall promote the realization of the right of self-determination, and shall respect that right, in conformity with the provisions of the Charter of the United Nations (except for Afrikaners) . “
Thuli Madonsela, Public Protector quoted the preamble of the constitution of South Africa at the 2011 Annual Human Rights Law Lecture, on Friday, 30 September 2011. What she meant to say was: We the people of South Africa…to:
• Heal the divisions of the past and establish a society based on democratic values, social justice and fundamental human rights; except for Afrikaners/whites
• lay the foundation for a democratic and open society in which government is based on the will of the people and every citizen is equally protected by law; except for Afrikaners/whites they cannot exercise their rights because they may use it to revert to apartheid
• Improve the quality of life of all citizens and free the potential of each person; ….” except for Afrikaners/whites they cannot exercise their rights because they may use it to revert to apartheid
“What does this promise of democracy, human rights and freedom mean for the ordinary person that I often refer to as Gogo Dlamini. How does this play out in an ordinary person’s daily life and interface with the state and those that exercise public power.”
Dunno Thuli, you are supposed to be my protector, you tell me how then am I suppose to protect myself if not through international law and under protection of the Human Rights Commission?
The double standards practiced by the UN are legendary, now the question remains if the global community will remain silent against the backdrop of the Genocide of the white minority.
The white minority and Afrikaners/Boers will have to challenge this gross violation of their human and civil rights collectively on international level.
Time to set aside our differences and tackle one of the most demanding challenges that we have faced as a nation as it determines our future and the future of our children. We know where we are heading if we continue on our current course, let us then build bridges to change it… Nobody is going to do it for us, the ball is now in our court….
An initiative is underway to establish a secretariat to act as platform to restore our human rights and allow recourse through International law….