Posts Tagged ‘Afrikaners’
Convicted Boeremag members, sentenced
29 October, 2013
Story compiled by Jacques Mare, for the Afrikaner Journal:
Boeremag leaders get long sentences
October 29 2013, 15:38
BOEREMAG leader Tom Vorster and five members of its bomb squad, which blew up numerous targets in 2002, were sentenced to an effective 25 years’ imprisonment by the high court in Pretoria on Tuesday.
Vorster shrugged and told reporters he had not expected such a severe sentence, as he had already been in prison for more than a decade.
Bombers Herman van Rooyen, Johan and Wilhelm Pretorius, and Rudi Gouws received the same sentences as Vorster.
The third Pretorius brother, master bomb maker Kobus Pretorius, was sentenced to 20 years’ imprisonment, of which 10 years were suspended.
This was because Kobus Pretorius had a change of heart during the trial, broke away from his past and expressed remorse for what he did.
The members of the bomb squad were sentenced to an additional 13 years’ imprisonment on charges of culpable homicide and conspiring to murder former president Nelson Mandela.
Soweto mother Claudia Mokone was killed in her shack by a piece of steel dislodged by a bomb the Boeremag planted on a railway.
Judge Eben Jordaan said Mr Mandela would have been killed by a land mine planted by the Boeremag bomb squad if he had not arrived by helicopter to open a school in Bolobedu, Limpopo.
This would have caused chaos and bloodshed in the country. He said the Boeremag’s aim had been to destroy democracy in South Africa.
How dangerous they were was evidenced by the fact that they carried on committing violent crimes some had said were incapable of being carried out.
The bombers already had five large car bombs ready for targets in the city centres of Pretoria and Johannesburg, and were planning further bomb attacks when they were caught.
Boeremag leaders Mike du Toit, Dirk Hanekom and the Pretorius brothers’ father, Dr Lets Pretorius, were each sentenced to 30 years’ imprisonment, of which 10 years were conditionally suspended for five years.
Mike du Toit’s right-hand man, Andre du Toit, and Dion van den Heever were sentenced to 20 years’ imprisonment of which 10 years were suspended.
Rooikoos du Plessis and Jurie Vermeulen, who also played important roles in planning the coup, got 15 years’ imprisonment, of which 10 were suspended.
One of the Boeremag’s most active members and the Boeremag chaplain, 74-year-old Vis Visagie, was sentenced to five years of correctional supervision.
Five of the Boeremag members who played a lesser role, including the youngest member Jacques Jordaan, walked out of the court free men after being given suspended sentences.
They are the Boeremag “weakling” Adriaan van Wyk and former defence force officers Giel Burger, Jacques Olivier and Pieter van Deventer.
The sentences were met with outrage by some, but acceptance by others.
Dr Lets Pretorius’s wife, Minnie, cried inconsolably. Friends shielded her from the cameras.
Van Wyk’s wife expressed relief that her husband would be coming home.
Revisiting the past; – The ANC’s own treason trial
(How the ANC killed people to achieve their political goals)
The Boeremag trial cannot be seen in isolation though. It is necessary to revisit the past to understand the motives and the reasons behind the treasonous acts of these Boers.
Why would anybody want to commit such heinous acts, in the name of freedom and struggle for human rights?
The Censorbugbear.org website gives us an idea of the atrocities committed by the current governing party of South Africa in their quest to “liberate” South Africa and institute communist socialism.
Throughout their campaign to destroy apartheid, they maintained that violence had been necessary to remove the illegitimate (and undemocratic) regime of the Afrikaners, oppressing the majority blacks. Now that Boers are expressing the same violent tendencies to oppose African nationalism – it is deemed an act of treason geared at destabilizing South Africa, according to the ANC government.
The pictures below (and in the attached links) are the work of sitting ANC parliamentarians …… in fact, some of the same violent criminals, who planned and implemented the following acts of violence, still form part of the current ANC executive. and some are honourary members – revered throughout the world and acknowledged as upstanding citizens and politicians.
Nobel Peace Laureate Nelson Mandela’s bombs – for the record
For the testimony submitted to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission by the [ANC] terrorists themselves about the war they waged against the peoples of South Africa, view the TRC website – but also note that Nelson Mandela has never personally had to testify about his role in approving of these atrocities:
However, in his book,” Long Walk to Freedom”, Mandela writes that as a leading member of the ANC’s executive committee, he had “personally signed off” in approving these acts of terrorism – the results of which can be seen below. So look at these scenes on the pictures and videos below to view exactly what Mandela had “signed off” for while he was in prison – convicted for other acts of terrorism after the Rivonia trial. The late SA president P.W. Botha told Mandela in 1985 that he could be a free man as long as he did just one thing: ‘publicly renounce violence. Mandela refused. That is why Mandela remained in prison until the appeaser Pres F.W. de Klerk freed him unconditionally. The bottom line is that Nelson Mandela never publicly renounced violence.
When Mandela was arrested on his Rivonia farm hideout near Johannesburg, the following munitions and bomb-making equipment were confiscated with him and his courageous comrades.
(Read his ‘Rivonia trial’ transcripts for all the details, starting with his heroic opening statement: “I am prepared to die…’ :http://www.anc.org.za/ancdocs/history/rivonia.html – clearly he didn’t care whether all those innocent civilians whose tortured and mutilated bodies can be seen below, died either)
- 210,000 hand grenades
- 48,000 anti-personnel mines
- 1,500 time devices
- 144 tons of ammonium nitrate
- 21,6 tons of aluminium powder
- 1 ton of black powder
Nelson Mandela had been found guilty, and rightly so, but not-withstanding his violent past became president of South Africa in 1994, without publicly denouncing violence, or apologising for the pain and suffering his terrorism has caused innocent victims. In fact, Nelson Mandela can be seen singing the “hate speech” song “Kill the Boer!” after his release, very clearly not convinced about his own supposed personal ideology of “peace and reconciliation”.
How should one interpret these actions of this icon for “human rights”?
Should we accept that violence is sometimes a justified method of bringing about change?
How should we interpret the new Boer threat to the stability of the South African state?
The new struggle for freedom
(When restorative intervention, becomes deadly)
“African nationalism” has become the new scourge, threatening the livelihood and existence of minorities in South Africa, according to activist from minority communities. The ANC had insisted (during the so-called struggle), that they were the only, real champions of “freedom”, “equality” and “basic human rights” for all South Africans, but what has happened to those noble ideals and principles since liberation?
Since coming to power in South Africa, the ANC has promulgated and signed into law 108 race-based laws, geared at infringing the rights of minority populations, like the Afrikaners and Boers, as well as the minority Indian, Khoi-san and coloured communities, in opposition to the social equality they purported to bring about in South Africa
These laws are designed to restrict Afrikaners in everything they do, and the way they live – from property confiscation, employment reservation, dissolving communities through spatial restrictions, language restrictions, school transformation, reigning-in of mother-tongue education, restricting welfare to vulnerable communities, and even creating life-threatening conditions by promoting “hate speech”, calling for the murder of Afrikaners in general.
As recently as October 10, thousands of Afrikaner protesters and international supporters protested the extreme violent nature of Afrikaner farmer murders, which is widely believed to be linked to ANC government transformation, and land redistribution policies. In order to popularize these policies,the ANC has created the fiction that Afrikaner farmers have “stolen the land” from blacks and therefore, it may be confiscated and redistributed to poor black South Africans. This has created conditions of immense distrust and tension, and has lead to increased incidents of friction in these rural communities. In addition, many rural supporters of the ANC (encouraged by ANC executives singing banned “hate speech” songs) feel justified in violently liberating the land, by killing the Afrikaner farmer and looting his belongings.
Afrikaners/Boers are asking themselves why this new dispensation of “codified government thuggery”, should not be seen as severe oppressive measures, designed to eradicate this community. Many activist are asking whether the ultimate goal of “African nationalism”, isn’t perhaps to bring about Afrikaner genocide under the guise of the ANC’s “transformation” agenda.
One activist, put is this way:
Apparently, Afrikaners do not have the right to protest against African Nationalist oppression because [according to popular opinion] there’s just, NOT ENOUGH:
1) Job reservation laws
2) Tortured and murdered victims
3) Spatial laws designed to dissolve their communities
4) Afrikaans schools transformed
5) Afrikaner businesses looted [of assets], by means of forced BBB -EE (Broad-based Black Economic Empowerment) shareholding
6) Poor and destitute Afrikaners
7) Hate Speech directed at this vulnerable minority.
The activist then ventures this question;
“When exactly will we reach that point where we qualify to be called victims?”
This question is indeed valid and important, in that it addresses the urgency of identifying human rights infringements in the current discourse about perceived “victimhood” in South Africa.
When does restitutive interventions of government, infringe so severely on the livelihood of minorities that it becomes oppressive and deadly?
When does the “legislating victim” – become the “oppressive monster”?
When does it become justified, to resist oppression … violently
#BANC (Boere-Afrikaner national council): Reporting back from special meeting at Carletonville, South Africa
#BANC (Boere-Afrikaner national council): Reporting back from special meeting at Carletonville, South Africa
By J. Maré
21 October 2013
The BANC – as the only elected council with a mandate to speak for #Afrikaners (#Boers), assembled at #Carletonville last week, to discuss important issues and proposals.
According to #AbelMalan, counselor and spokesperson for the body, three important issues have been resolved.
The first suggestion was a motion tabled, to forward additional information to the South African state, as requested by its legal council. This pertains the councils original request to dialogue with the regime about the councils mandate to seek self-determination for its members. This motion was accepted.
The second very important issue was the motion to lay a charge of #HateSpeech against the #EFF and its leader #JuliusMalema for singing and propagating hate speech against the Boere-Afrikaner #minority at its founding meeting, held last week. This motion was also accepted and the BANC will lay a charge at the #Nelspruit SAPS (police station) this week.
The council then decided to accept a motion to continue with the third phase (international phase) of its plan to secure freedom for this beleaguered minority of South Africa, within the confines of international law.
The last important issue discussed was that of the importance of holding regular elections to renew the original mandate of the council and expand the scope of the councils work. In this regard the council requests all eligible voters to register for next year’s elections.
Informal discussions then followed on the councils facebook page, about ways and means to secure funds for the upcoming elections. Those who would like to contribute financially, can do so by donating to the Freedom Fund (Vryheidsfonds) a fund specially created to fund the working of the council.
We urge all our readers to consider donating as well, to further this worthy cause.
You can access information for the fund here:
SOURCE (Story and Photo):
Facebook page, Boere-Afrikaner National Council
#RedOctober Protest March: – #Afrikaners Protesting against evil
The day a small, vulnerable minority stood up to be heard
The Red October Protest March took place at several locations in South Africa, and many others, all over the world on October 10, 2013.
These pictures in the attached gallery, was taken by The Afrikaner Journal at the Pretoria venue of the march. It tells the story of the march in pictures.
The organizers explained the reasons for their activism on their webpage, given as a source at the end of their statement, which I will publish here in full:
What is Red October?
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter.” – Martin Luther King
On 10 october 2013 We called on people across the World to raise their voices against the oppression of and violence against White South African minority!
We staged marches and gatherings across South Africa and the World to let everyone know that we have had ENOUGH!
No longer will we be silent about the oppression of White South Africans! No longer will we endure the killing of our people on our farms and in our towns and cities!
We can no longer be silent about the brutal torture of the elderly and defenceless people of our Ethnic Minority!
We are tired of Corrupt Governance, Racist Black Economic Empowerment and Affirmative Action policies. We can no longer tolerate the destruction of our infrastructure, our filthy government hospitals, our pathetic educational system, dirty dams and rivers, uninhabitable parks and public areas, dangerous neighbourhoods and filthy streets! The list is endless and we say it’s ENOUGH!
SOURCE: Red October Web Page
Red October – The Fall-out
Since the succesful march, similar photo’s have been streaming in from all over the world, while the South African media had a field-day in demonizing the event as “racist”, because it highlights only the concerns of the small white community of South Africa. It is mind-boggling however, how this can be so, when the same is NEVER BEING SAID about blacks protesting for constitutional rights, which they very often do – and rightly so.
The organizers made it clear that the white minority (Afrikaners) are protesting ‘violence against their own’, which is not only seen as disproportional and brutal, but show clear signs of extreme torture in many cases.
In addition to these perceived ‘hate crimes’, we were also protesting the following treatment at the hands of their government as published by The Afrikaner Journal on October 12, 2013:
Exclusively addressing social problems on the base of ethnicity
Enacting legislation to economically deprive a minority
Barring minorities from employment by quota systems etc. and plummeting a significant amount into abject poverty
Redirecting the functions of state and security, away from service to a vulnerable community, thereby leaving them open to attacks by looting gangs from the majority population?
Driving minorities from their schools and attacking their use of mother-tongue education?
Singing hate speech songs and calling them “outsiders”?
vilifying any defiance action, however peacefully achieved, as “racist”?
Invading and destroying their communities through “spatial planning” legislation, clearly aimed at driving them from their traditional homes?
Looting their cultural heritage, by changing names of towns, cities and areas originally named and settled by them.
Destroying their national identity by denying their existence, unless of course it is employed to vilify them.
Destroying their symbols of national pride through neglect, like historical graveyards, battlefield sites etc.
Not protecting members of their community, who are farming in very dangerous conditions, to feed ALL South Africans
Media Bias and the muzzling of the minority voice
Most media houses and press agencies in South Africa couldn’t wait to publish articles vilifying this protest of Afrikaners, but there have been some exceptions to the rule, too.
In order to allow you to make up your own mind up about these events, I’ve selected some articles related to the Red October march, published soon after the event.
Red October articles:
- The irony of Red October | News24
- Red October protests white ‘oppression’ – Politics | IOL News | IOL.co …
- iafrica.com | news | sa news | ‘Red October‘ slammed
- South Africans debate #RedOctober protests – The Stream – Al Jazeera
- Activists and academics square off over Red October march | The …
- Let’s hijack ‘Red October‘, shall we? | TIA MYSOA
- The experience and thoughts on Red October of a Brit married to a …
- #RedOctober in nine Instagrams | News | National | Mail & Guardian
- The ‘Racist’ Red October Event | TIA MYSOA
- Red October March: George to Victoria Bay 10 October 2013 …
- Red October – An Eye Opener
We’d like your opinion on this matter and have created this poll, to probe public opinion about the event.
Your feedback is appreciated. Please add your voice as well:
Slow-motion genocide: Hiding genocide in modern times.
By Jacques Mare -
Pretoria, South Africa
12 October, 2013
Man have been murdering man, en masse since time immemorial.
Most mass deaths had generally taken place in ancient times on the battlefield. The victor, in many cases would then carry over this murderous rage from the battlefield, to slaughter the civilian population (of the vanquished enemy) in acts of flash genocide.
In modern times however the perpetrators of mass murder, almost exclusively make use of the functions of state to achieve these horrible outcomes, and usually it is directed at a vulnerable minority in times of peace.
That in short, is the nature of the modern beast.
It is very clear that the perpetrators in all successful modern cases, had been cognizant of the wrongfulness of their intentions and the results of their actions, and yet they continued with their horrible plans by successfully propagating their political ideology to the masses, using very effective means, like advertising.
It is also notable how the modern demon will try and camouflage its murderous policies, by garnishing it with idealistic, positive nation building terminology usually containing some form of patriotic rhetoric- but the devastation of the target group, is always the outcome.
Slow-motion genocide is not a widely accepted phenomenon, because it is very difficult to distinguish between normal population change dynamics and carefully engineered techniques to drive populations or ethnic groups away.
It is also difficult to label it as an atrocity if there aren’t visuals available to show the dead of the target group piled up in heaps.
“Time-lapse reporting” may be helpful to track changes in population migration, demographic history of areas, legislation imposed and the effect it has on target groups.
Regularly (and accurately) updated lists of murdered community members, are also very helpful and this method is very successfully employed by the #Afrikaners of South Africa to compile a database of victims.
Very few international genocide watch groups keep track of these long-term changes however, and even fewer will publicly acknowledge that negative (devastating) changes to target communities are due to political intervention – especially, if the country or territory in question, is widely perceived by the international community to be stable and peaceful.
It is for that reason that terms like:
*Long-period outcomes based eradication
*Broad-based marginalization – rarely makes it into the discourse about mass atrocities.
Here are some very disturbing trends in genocide propaganda terminology, that have lead to mass atrocities in the past, or may very soon:
*Social engineering, etc
Soon to be on the same list?:
*African Nationalist Transformation (in South Africa)?
For those who doubt the validity of this discussion, or that of the terms describing slow-motion genocide, consider the case of the West Papua community. rnzi.com reports the following:
An Australian academic says West Papuans have been subject to a slow-motion genocide and the United Nations should step in.
Jim Elmslie, of the University of Sydney’s Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, is the co-author of a just-released report titled ’A Slow-Motion Genocide – Indonesian Rule in West Papua’.
Dr Elmslie says the report concludes the Indonesian Government has intentionally carried out genocidal policies for the past 50 years.
Under the United Nations Genocide Convention, the classification of an act as ’genocide’ requires proven intent.
Amelia Langford asked Jim Elmslie about the findings of the report [in an interview]
JIM ELMSLIE: We believe that a slow-motion genocide is and has been occurring in West Papua. It’s a very deep-seated and difficult problem for everybody involved, including Indonesia. And it’s a problem I think needs a lot more attention because it’s festering away, getting worse, and the Papuans are suffering quite badly now, or they have been for many decades.
AMELIA LANGFORD: What do you mean by ’slow-motion genocide’?
JE: Well, it’s a term that was first used by a man called Clemens Runawery, who’s deceased now, who was a West Papuan who thought about what was happening to his country and his people, and he compared it with disasters like had happened in Rwanda, where a large number of people were killed quickly in a sort of turmoil, a catastrophic series of events. In West Papua, the situation has gone on for decades, and over that period, cumulatively, many thousands of people have died, but not in a short, sharp burst that many people tend to associate with the word ’genocide’. So that’s why we’ve used that term, that it’s a process that’s unfolded over decades, but it’s a genocide in the sense that the killings fall within the definition of the UN convention on genocide.
AL: And tell me about the paper’s findings and what you set out to find or explore.
JE: Well, we set out to explore the whole issue of genocide, really, that many West Papuan people – leaders right down to the grassroots people – often describe what’s happened to them since the Indonesians took over the place as a genocide. And that word has a pretty specific meaning under the international convention. And there’s various acts that fall into the definition of ’genocide’, including the intentional killing of members of a group or conflicting conditions that make life difficult. And most of those acts have been carried out there, people would agree they’ve been carried out. But then the other aspect of fulfilling the criteria of being called a genocide is there’s some element of intentional government policy or there’s intent – the word ’intent’ is the critical word.
Jim Elmslie says parties to the Genocide Convention have a responsibility to look into genocide claims.
Is this slow-motion genocide?
Moreover, ask yourself whether the Afrikaner community of South Africa isn’t also experiencing similar treatment by their government.
Is it racist, and an act of genocide:
*To exclusively address social problems on the base of ethnicity?
*To enact legislation to economically deprive a minority?
*To bar minorities from employment by means of quota systems etc. and plummeting a significant amount into abject poverty?
*To redirect the functions of state and security, away from service to a vulnerable community, thereby leaving them open to attacks by looting gangs from the majority population?
*To drive minorities from their schools and attacking their use of mother-tongue education?
*To sing hate speech songs and calling them “outsiders”?
*To vilify any defiance action, however peacefully achieved, as “racist”?
*To invade and destroy their communities through “spatial planning” legislation, clearly aimed at driving them from their traditional homes?
*To loot their cultural heritage, by changing names of towns, cities and areas originally named and settled by them.
* To destroy their national identity by denying their existence, unless of course it is employed to vilify them.
*To destroy their symbols of national pride through neglect, like historical graveyards, battlefield sites etc.
Will the Afrikaners soon be eradicated from South Africa like the white Zimbanwean from Zimbabwe?
When does “social engineering” for the greater good, amount to slow motion genocide?
Inspiration for this story comes from this article about the slow-motion genocide of the West Papua community:
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.