A volkstaat for the VVK

Lauren said, “So are you going to the Afrikaner meeting?”

I said if the Afrikaners were meeting, I didn’t know about it. So she sent me a picture of the lamppost with the poster.

The Volksraadverkiesingskomitee was calling a meeting. In English they suggest that they be called the “Electoral Commission for the Election of a Boer-Afrikaner People’s Assembly”.

If you showed me this two years ago, I would have laughed. A year ago, I would have run away and hidden under something, terrified of what is happening to the Afrikaners, this group of people with whose past I identify so strongly and whose politics today drive me to utter despair.

This year, because I believe that God is inviting me to come to terms with every aspect of my identity, I said: “Let’s go.”

So Lauren and Lweendo thought about it. We all read up about the VVK at http://www.vvk.co.za, and they sort of chickened out, but I said I’m going whether they join me or not. And so we went.

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It is difficult to be objective when I tell you of that evening. How can three young friends, who would all have been housed in different areas under Apartheid, be objective about a meeting of 40 odd Afrikaners who want self-determination? We’ve had a lot of discussions since that night and we’re still reeling a bit. But in light of what happened the next morning, we decided we should try to tell you what we saw. Lauren and Lweendo added their comments at the end. They might be the only people who don’t fit the demographic who have witnessed a meeting like this, and I might be the only “volksgenoot” who was there as a traitor instead of a potential registered and paid-up member.

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There is one more thing I want to say before I start. If you are tempted to ridicule and belittle these people, I want you to realise that you have now met the limits of your own open-mindedness and compassion. If you cannot regard these people as your fellow human beings and worthy of some respect, you do not espouse the spirit of reconciliation upon which this nation was born, any more than they do.

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 We walked up to the door slowly, wondering what we would find. We had decided not to speak at the meeting, not wanting to get involved in long debates. We wanted to observe. But would we be allowed to? Were these guys actually dangerous or just radical? Lauren, whose parents raised her in English like many other “coloured” parents of their generation, arranged with me that I will translate words for her if necessary. We took a deep breath and strode inside.

The first thing you noticed was the flags. There were no Old South Africa flags, if you were wondering. I don’t think the VVK really liked the Old South Africa, founded as it was after the loss of the Boer republics in the Anglo-Boer War. Instead, the Vierkleur van Transvaal forms part of the VVK’s logo.

We picked a row about midway through the room. There was one young man sitting about six seats into the row, and we took up the three at the end, he suddenly stood up with conviction and asked that we please get up and let him pass so that he can switch to the row behind us.

Two men seemed kind of amused by us and they held their video camera on us for a long time, grinning. We shrugged and grinned back and speculated what they’d use the footage for.

I was kind of enjoying the attention. People, mostly my parents’ age, were glancing at us and then looking away, talking. Twice, people came up to us and asked whether we knew what the meeting was about and whether we were in the right place. A young man behind us leaned over and said, “Julle weet hierdie hele vergadering gaan in Afrikaans wees, nè?” I replied: “Ja, dis nie ‘n probleem nie,” and he said “Wel, miskien nie vir jou nie.” Lweendo turned around and said, practically without accent: “Ja, ek verstaan!” Growing up as the daughter of a Zambian doctor, on the white side Krugersdorp, will do that!

We also noticed the little copper busts on the front desk. Afrikaner heroes, presumably. I thought I saw Paul Kruger. There was also a female bust and we wondered who that could be. Lweendo guessed Emily Hobhouse; I guess Racheltjie de Beer. Then I had to tell Lweendo about Racheltjie de Beer.

The meeting was opened “op die gepaste manier” with scripture reading and prayer. The speaker read the story of Gideon from Judges 7, telling the audience that it is clear from the Bible that God can use even a small group of people to do His will, and that the Afrikaners must not get downhearted because God will help them to fulfil their God-given mission. He prayed, saying: “We know we as a people have sinned and that this is why you have punished us by taking away our freedom”.

Then a man introduced himself as Paul Kruger, a lawyer from Pretoria. He serves as the chairperson of the Volksraad Verkiesingskommissie and addressed the meeting as “Volksgenote”. The word “volk”, used also in Hitler’s National Socialism, cannot be translated and means something like an ethnic nation. He was thus calling the audience “fellow members of the nation”.

I will not repeat Mr Kruger’s introduction, because he basically explained what the VVK is about as it is set out on their website. You can read their statement in English if you scroll down on this page http://www.vvk.co.za/8927.html. If you understand Afrikaans, you can also scan  through their legal argument here http://www.vvk.co.za/33519/60530.html. At this meeting, which is part of a national tour, some of the nominees for the Volksraad would have a chance to address us.

There were only four nominees present, as most of them reside in Gauteng and could not take leave from work. The four addressed the audience in turn, each one’s CV first being read by Mr Kruger. Mr Kruger expressed great pride at the fact that there are close to 20 nominations. He said it encouraged him to have proof such as this that those Afrikaners who said the volk has no more leaders anymore are wrong.

The four nominees present were all male, and I wondered if there were no women running, but I see on the website that there is one woman among them. The meeting was also predominantly attended by men, but some married couples attended. The CVs of the four nominees were so composed as to convince voters of their involvement with ethnic/cultural organisations, their commitment to family and church, and the successes of their careers. Some of the organisations that they belong to or have belonged to included: Die GHA, the Herstigte Nasionale Party, die Voortrekkers, die Rapportryerskorps, die Majuba Boeretrust, the Oranje Sake-instituut, die Geloftefees Herdenkingskomitee, Projek 2010, Suiderland Media, die Oraniabeweging. They all belonged either to the APK (Afrikaanse Protestantse Kerk) or Dutch Reformed (NG) Church.

I can now relay some of the arguments to you, although I must emphasise that I may have misunderstood them in some ways.

A key element in the ideology of this group is that white people and especially Afrikaners are under siege in South Africa. They speak of how white people’s numbers are dwindling and how the insufficient policing of our borders conveniently allows even more black Africans into the country to outnumber whites. Black-on-white violence, according to them, amounts to genocide. I think any one of them would say that they live in constant fear, for themselves and their families. Especially in the case of brutal farm murders, where they emphasise that the motive is not always even theft. The song “Dubun’ ibunu” / Shoot the Boer is often mentioned, with the implication that black South Africans are being officially encouraged to commit these acts of hatred. I say “black” South Africans but it seemed to me that the speakers did not have a very nuanced conception of the Other that they believe themselves to be up against. They also often spoke of “strangers” (vreemdes) instead of giving a description of their enemy. One of them has laid a claim at an international genocide watchdog.

They also clearly believe that the Afrikaner’s mission in Africa is God-given. They see their quest as a continuation of the Battle of Blood River and the religiously inspired narrative of the Afrikaners, identifying strongly with the Old Testament. They did not explicitly state that Afrikaners are superior to other races. They did not mention how Afrikaners benefit Africa.

There is also a pervasive denial of guilt. One speaker went so far as to insist that Afrikaners never took away the hartland of any other volk; that in fact, others were given additional “lewensruimte” by the Afrikaners – referring here to the Apartheid homeland policy. Afrikaners were too nice to the volksvreemdes, and this kindness has turned around to bite them. One nominee also emphasised that Afrikaners have a juridical, moral, and historical right to self-determination.

Finally there was a deep disgust at the current government – not only because they feel inadequately protected, but because of corruption, of which all black leaders are indiscriminately accused. In fact I think it is safe to say that the current government of South Africa enjoys no legitimacy with the speakers at this meeting, except in so far as they consider their mission potentially justified by Article 235 of the Constitution.

But they would not use these negative themes to describe themselves. Instead, maybe they would talk about a hope at a better future for their children. Many of the speakers that evening – all men – spoke of their responsibility towards their families, who cower in fear in their homes at night. These men feel it their duty to be able to tell their wives, daughters and sons that they are working towards securing a country for them where their enemies cannot harm them.

Maybe they would tell you that they are merely struggling for their own freedom – that they are freedom fighters in their own right, committed to the cause of the freedom of their people from the legal, physical and intellectual oppression of those who wish them ill.

Or maybe they would tell you of their deep faith in God. But I find it so difficult to reconcile my Christian faith to theirs that I’m afraid I can’t tell you much about that.

Abel Malan’s speech was the most radical. He wholeheartedly agreed with what the others said, he simply turned up the heat several degrees. He said that white people are a dwindling minority in South Africa. There is only one possibility for survival: to occupy some small area (possibly one obtained through negotiations with the ANC government) and to re-populate it. And then, to begin to re-conquer the old, white South Africa. The Afrikaners are a minority, but must make themselves unmissable, he said.

Malan also lashed out the most aggressively against volksgenote who have forsaken their Godly calling to aspire to self-determination; those who are so naïve to believe that they have any future in the so-called new South Africa. Also those who, like prof Anton van Niekerk, dare to tell other Afrikaners that they should be humble and feel guilty about the Bush War – a war that they won! “Humility!” he repeated with disgust. The Afrikaner has never been humble, he insisted. It is not what the Afrikaner does. He said that Afrikaners do not  mix with others, nor do they “humbly” let others step all over them. He was outraged, he said, that they are up against enemies not only outside their ranks, but also from people like this professor, who should be on their side! But, he told us, he had made an appointment with this professor for the following morning, to discuss the article.

Upon hearing this, my friends and I were not really concerned. I actually thought it would be quite a good idea for Malan to speak to the professor face to face. I thought it quite mature. That’s before I found out that Malan evidently subscribes to the proverb: As hy nie wil hoor nie, moet hy voel.

Mr Kruger often interjected throughout the evening, offering information and opinions, and as far as we could see, he has done his legal homework properly. He said it was crucial that the VVK leaders, once elected, at least attempt to obtain a Volkstaat through the legal channels. One of the nominees – the only one from the Western Cape – beseeched the others not to make any more enemies, but to maintain the moral high ground and to win the sympathy of the international community. Many of them spoke enthusiastically of strategies to get their message out: they have 30 000 registered members, but believed that many more would join their cause if word could reach them. All of them, except Abel Malan, seemed willing to keep the peace by letting Afrikaans white South Africans like me, who have absolutely no desire to live in an Afrikaner volkstaat, enjoy our place in the sun. In a way, I walked out with respect for them. Respect, and concern. We left after about two and a half hours, when they were about to share their financial situation with the group.

– Cara
Lauren continues the story:

As we discussed the bizarre way we spent our evening, several things came to light. Lauren was quite happy to sign off on a decision to give them their own boertjie homeland, after all it seemed that the VVK was legally entitled to it. However, the more interesting part that Lauren was interested in was to see whether they would ever be able to legally plead for state resources given that they had seceded from the Republic. In general, we discussed how an economic model of a Volkstaat might work in a globalised economy. Mostly we also discussed how the VVK could not seem to think that anyone else in South Africa – besides their volk – was also angry at the levels of crime and corruption. In this vein, Lweendo mentioned that her mom’s white friends were very surprised to hear that crime happens to black people too.

Since hearing of the assault of Prof. van Niekerk, it will be interesting to see whether the VVK distances themselves from the actions of Abel Malan. If not, then whatever individual amounts of democratic respect and tolerance we held for them that night in Stellenbosch have quickly dissipated.

-Lauren

Lweendo speaks…

Sitting discussing the meeting as an intellectual exercise was all well and good but reading about the assault of Prof. van Niekerk the next morning made our experience all the more poignant. Often when it comes to these issues we sit outside and judge these ideologies. But we sat in that meeting, we heard those men speak. We saw them for what they are, fellow South Africans looking for an identity.

Please note – below, some of the most notable Afrikaans comments have been translated by Cara, including one by a VVK nominee.

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42 responses to “A volkstaat for the VVK

  1. Thank you for sharing this – it’s interesting to hear a critical and intelligent opinion on this movement. And also well done for being brave enough to go.

  2. I am a level headed Afrikaner. Not radical, incredibly impressed by our constitution, in love with the land between my fingers and not at all averse to staying with people of other races. I converse with people of all levels in society and Afrikaans people right over the spectrum. However difficult this is, we must remove race from the argument. Our constitution was perfectly written with sufficient safeguards and protections. The government has high-jacked the protections and appointed puppets into every protection we had.
    The ANC is not a party voted for by black people that addresses the aspirations of black people. It is a party that uses the votes of black people to maintain an elite kleptocracy to the benefit of only them. This has made it easy for the Ultra Right to show everybody their agenda that Black’s are useless and can’t run a country.
    There is not one major economic or social indicator telling me we are on the right track. Murders are increasing, literacy is decreasing, life expectancy is decreasing, unemployment is increasing, militancy is increasing, income differentials are huge and getting bigger and social alienation is brewing. We are not talking about minor indicators such as refuse collection problems or problems with public transport. We are talking about MASSIVE, revolution inducing bombs waiting to explode.
    This is the background you must see the meeting you attended against. The government created this monster (as well as the antithesis Malema monster), and it will be very hard to put them back into their boxes. I fundamentally don’t support a white’s only Volkstaat, but I also fundamentally don’t support what is being said, expected or done to Afrikaners. The Afrikaner is totally unified in it’s utter revulsion of the current government. English people generally go to London, Afrikaans people generally stock up on Bully Beef and dig trenches.

  3. Sjoe. Dankie dat julle dit gedeel het.

  4. Thank you Linsen. I’ve always valued your opinion highly.

  5. Sjo. Thank you very much for your input. I have been studying some indicators myself for my thesis and I share your concern. I don’t think SA is ready to remove race from the argument… I agree with Jonathan Jansen that we were more traumatised than we realise and that a lot of processing needs to happen on all sides. We cannot sweep race under the carpet, we need to work through it. With all these festering wounds it is too easy for those in power who are corrupt to legitimate their kleptomania on racial grounds.

  6. Lauren, Lweendo and Cara.
    I appreciate you for (a) being openminded and inquisitive enough to go to the meeting yourselves, to find out from listening to the VVK people what their goals are; rather than simply calling them names, like so many other people do, without bothering to ask them one question; (b) and writing about your experiences; and not begrudging them the right to rule themselves, in accordance to their cultural practices, irrespective of whether you agree or disagree with thier cultural and ideological practices.

    The three of you have shown more psychological, intellectual courage and integrity, than most of South Africa’s so-called ‘Truth and Reconciliation’ leaders. You three put them to shame.

    I hope you never lose your inquisitiveness, your intellectual common sense to investigate issues before pronouncing guilt and damnation on them.

    You are lucky that your experience of Rainbow SA has not been mine. I returned from America; where my former African American husband is in prison; to come and make my contribution to our ‘new south africa’. I have skills that nobody in SA has: I worked at the most successful rehabilitaiton program in the world; I am a member of a culture whose social contract is founded on truth telling and sincere forgiveness. I thought SA’s would be interested in hearing about such skills. The answer is no. They are not. They are interested in pretending they want ‘reconcilaition’ and ‘rehabilitaiton of criminals’ but not sincere. I have 3 times been arrested without an arrest warrant, was detained in Pollsmoor for 33 days without a bail hearing. I have filed legal documents before the High Court and twice before the Concourt; documenting the evidence that was censored by Tutu from the TRC hearings. The SA media have censored it all. If Rainbow SA was true, then all the different tribes whose soldiers fought to protect the women and children in tribe, would be acknowledged as soldiers; not just the ANC’s. If Rainbow SA was true, then General Magnus Malan would get a state funeral just like Mama Sisulu; because eaach tribes soldiers would be acknowledged as having fought honourably to protect their tribe. I don’twant to make this long; so I shall end there.

    Thanks again for your article and your courage! Bless you!

  7. Hectic. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Fascinating. Joeka. Dankie vir die insig …

  9. Ek het baie aan jou gedink hiermee, Idelette.

  10. Ek het hoop vir ons land en die nuwe generasie wat op staan! Wow! well done julle!!

  11. Wow, baie interessante artikel Cara! Ek het ook die lamppaal-poster gesien, by myself gedink “haha, dit moet nogals interessant wees om te beleef”, maar nooit verder gedink om actually te gaan nie. Dankie dat jy die stap geneem het om te gaan sodat ons almal se insig verdiep kan word

  12. Cara, werklik ‘n uistekende stuk verslaggewing! Was daar maar meer mense (in SA) wat so objektief en oopkop was. Ek ondersteun nie hierdie groepering nie, maar sulke onpartydige verslaggewing is broodnodig in SA.

  13. Ek wens ek kon gaan – ek volg die VVK en hul aspirasies al ‘n geruime tyd. Wat die artikel nie uitlig nie, is dat die strewe na ‘n volkstaat nie net binne SA geskied nie: afgevaardigdes van ander afrikaner-organisasies is ook huidiglik besig om op internassionale UN-gedrewe forums gesprek te voer.

    Iets wat ook relatief onbekend is in die nasionale en internasionale media is die dreigende massa-skaal volksmoord. In die dae en jare na die 1994 Rwanda volksmoord, was daar ‘n kommittee gestig wat wêreldwyd die barometers van volksmoorde monitor. Die kommittee het ‘n 8-stap proses ge-identifseer wat lei tot massa-skaal volksmoord, met stap 7 wat gekenmerk word aan dit wat in Rwanda gebeur in 1994. Ongeveer ‘n maand gelede, is wit afrikaners gelys op stap 6 van hierdie skaal: Inderdaad die vooraand van massaskaal volksmoord – en dit van ‘n onafhanklike, internasionale organisasie.

    Gesien in hierdie lig, het die wit afrikaner 3 opsies: Emmigrasie, Gesprekvoering of Opstand. Persoonlik dink ek die VVK se fokus op gesprekvoering (nie in Abel Malan styl nie, wel, nog nie) is ‘n puik idee. Daar is ander groepe soos die KommandoKorps en die Verkenners Beweging wat reeds opgegee het op gesprekvoering, en berei hulself tans aktief voor met die oog op fisiese weerstand en verset d.m.v. paramilitere naweek-kampe (gelei deur oud-SADF soldate). Die VVK, so radikaals / verregs as wat hul voorkom is, inteendeel, die mees liberaalste en makste van die klomp – wel, op die die oomblik in elk geval.

    In terme van ‘n ekonomiese model, dink ek die VVK sal geweldig baatvind by die ongelooflike innoverende ekonomie van daai Afrikaner pseudo-volkstaat: Orania. Op ‘n klein skaal, beleef Orania alreeds vir die afgelope 20 jaar, dit wat ‘n volkstaat sal. Om dinge in perspektief te plaas, Orania ontvang geen munisipale dienste, salarisse, rommel verwydering, polisie, hospitaal of selfs elektrisiteit nie – inteendeel, die stadsraad van Orania is op hulself aangewese vir al hierdie dinge, EN boonop moet hul nog ‘n lokale ekonomie aan die gang hou. Laasgenoemde word bereik deur hul eie geld-stelsel (binne SA), hul innoverende benadering tot die aandele mark en grondbesit, asook hul fokus op die uitvoer van pekan-neute.

    Aan die ander kant van die verhaal, is daar ook berigte (weereens nie in die hoofstroom media) dat oud-MK soldate weer hul opleiding hervat, met soortgelyke opleidings kampe binne en buite SA se grense (glo met Lesotho as die grootste sondebok). Voorts be-oog SA leiers om werklose, slegs swart, jeug te stuur vir militere opleiding by die huidige SA weermag – soos wat alreeds gebeur het in 2010 te Bloemfontein.

    Die groot vraag aan die einde van die dag, is of die huidige regering wel na die tafel sal kom vir gesprekke oor ‘n volkstaat, en wat sal gebeur indien hul nie doen nie? Op die oomblik is Afrikaners in die algemeen, en so ook die verregse groepe taamlik verdeeld in hul uitkyk… Maar die sop kan spat as daar ‘n samesmelting plaasvind. Natuurlik, die groot olifant in die kamer is hoeveel grond die Afrikaners op aandring: Indien dit die die ou boerestate van pre-1902 was, hoe regverdig die staat ‘n afstand van nagenoeg 50% van ‘n land aan ‘n groep mense wat slegs 8%-10% van die bevolking uitmaak (en wel ‘n beduidende porsie van die belastingsbetalers is)?

  14. Jeanette Kruger

    Cara, it is young people like you and your friends that give me hope. Thanks for going, you are very brave and thanks for sharing! I would not have been that brave when your ages, nor would I have had that wisdom! I grew up in Apartheid South Africa where men believe they needed to think for women. it took me a long time to see these views for what they were – slightly disguised as Christianity! I made a conscious decision to walk away and can’t associate with their views. Archaic is the word that comes to mind, not Freedom or anything else – As a direct descendant of the Boere President, oom Paul – ek dink hy draai in sy graf om as hy weet ek is met ‘n Brit getroud!

  15. In a way I realy feel for this people. It is as if the Afrikaner (Boer) is awakening again. Nowhere in the solution is ever considering living in South Africa amongst other races and making things work. All is aspiring a Volkstaat somewhere. Well, not all. The VVK and the Volkstaat and other do. The AWB is prepared to live among “the people” but want to protect its own people. The identity the Afikaner (Boer) is looking for is to reign over its own people. Like at Bloedrivier where the convent with God was made, they are again standing before God for help. And I share their concerns when I look around me seeing the mismanagement of the government, the crime and the general deterioration of our country. And we love our country, we are not moving anywhere. Time will learn what is going to happen to this country. Thanks for a brave reporting.

  16. Dankie Riaan, ek verwelkom jou trant! Ja jy’s reg, ek het vergeet om te noem, hulle het gepraat oor heelwat ondersteuning in die buiteland. Hulle is blykbaar 30 000 lede sterk. My eerste reaksie op die gedagte van volksmoord is dat Afrikaners wat dink ‘n volksmoord dreig, darem regtig hulle eie politiek belangrikheid in die Nuwe Suid-Afrika oorskat. Maar ek sal aanhou luister. Wat is nou weer die volksmoord-watchdog se naam?

    Ek gaan netnou jou comment vertaal sodat my vriende wat nie Afrikaans magtig is nie, ook kan saampraat. Hulle het dalk insigte wat nie by ons Afrikaanses opkom nie. Ek hoop dit is vir jou aanvaarbaar.

  17. Hallo liewe vriend Blertus :) Ja, my behoefte is ook aan ‘n oplossing waar ek in SA saam met ander rasse kan woon. At the moment I am trying to do two things: Firstly, in love, with God’s direction, exploring my own identity and to get to know other South Africans of all races personally, individually. Secondly, to work with people of all races to tackle the problems we ALL face as a country – like mismanagement, poverty, crime.

  18. Geagte Cara,

    Ek moet jou geluk wens met jou poging om ‘n gebalanseerde artikel te skryf. Dit is egter so dat jy sekere aspekte van dit wat gese is verkeerd verstaan het, ek sal poog om dit hier duidelik te stel.

    Voor ek egter by daardie punt kom, moet ek verduidelik dat die ongemak wat daar was met jul teenwoordigheid, gesetel was in die vermoede dat julle van die media is. Aangesien die media in SA die gewoonte het om die mense wie se sienings en strewes verskil van die hoofstroom gedagtes te vergruis, is daar altyd agterdog heens die media.

    Met betrekking tot die aspekte wat jy verkeerd verstaan het, die volgende:

    Die deel van die Afrikaner wat onafhanklik wil wees, is nie teen enige ander groep se strewe nie. Daarom gun ons die mense wat ‘n reenboognasie wil bou, hulle reenboognasie. Ons wens hulle ook sterkte toe met die “regmaak” van die reenboog, wat moontlik terminaal siek is. In die opsig is ons wens dat ook ons internasionale reg om oor ons self te regeer, erken word. (Ons is nie TEEN enige iets nie, ons is VIR onafhanklikheid van die deel van die Afrikaners wat dit begeer).

    Dit blyk ook of jy die feit dat daar ‘n volksmoord teen die Afrikaner gepleeg word ontken. Prof George Stanton van Genocide Watch sal met jou verskil op die punt aangesien hy reeds die volksmoord teen die Afrikaner op vlak ses, uit ‘n moontlike 8 vlakke geplaas het. (Terloops, die agste en finale stap van volksmoord, is ontkenning).

    Wat Abel Malan betref, hy het nog nie geleentheid gehad om sy kant van die storie te vertel nie. Kom ons gee hom geleentheid om dit te doen, voor hy veroordeel word. As ‘n terloopse opmerking kan ek byvoeg dat dit blyk dat Prof van Niekerk ‘n geskiedenis het van agressie. Die aanval wat van Niekerk op ‘n student, Lodi Gouws in 2006 geloods het, is kentekenend van die man se modus operandi asook sy matelose arrogansie:

    In die video is dit duidelik sigbaar dat van Niekerk ‘n kort humeur het en nie skroom om die student aan te rand nie. Na wat verneem word het die universiteit nie teen van Niekerk opgetree nie en is die student geskors.

    Vriendelike groete,

    Ben Geldenhuys

  19. Aan die einde is die conundrum vir die volkstaat drieledig.
    1) Ek dink werklik die regering (en veral die Afrika nationaliste wat skynbaar al hoe groter stem kry) sou ‘n Mugabe tipe swart staat wou he. Die filosofie van hierdie groep is “As ons nou bloei deur blanke invloed te verwyder en die status quo omverwerp sal ons kinders vry wees.” Ek dink die val in stemme tydens die verkiesing het die alarms laat afgaan en die ANC begin dink daaraan dat hulle ‘n verkiesing kan verloor.
    2) Daar is geen plek in Suid Afrika waar blankes naby aan ‘n meerderheid is nie. Elke groep van 30 regse boere by Thabazimbi / Kwaggasrand / Upington / Joubertina reken hulle grond moet deel vorm van die Republiek. In Kosovo het die Moslems in Serbie almal een dag besluit hulle trek Kosovo toe en toe ‘n eie land gekry. Nie ‘n Kwa-Zulu land wat lyk soos ‘n laslappie nie, een solid stuk. Oral waar die goeie plekke is bly baie mense. Die Volkstaat gaan woestyn wees, waar daar in elk geval geen water of mense bly nie. As jy ‘n Volkstaat soek sal jy jou spogplaas / -huis / -lewe / -werk /-skool / -hospitaal moet los. “Ja, Ja, Ja!” hoor ek almal se, maar put your money where your mouth is en trek Orania toe.
    3) Die probleem vir die regering is dat die Afrikaners die geld het. Dit klink 1986 om dit te se, maar dis waar. Ons is opgelei, vaardig, gemotiveerd en ryk. Ons betaal seker ten minste 50% van die belasting. Sonder Afrikaners is Suid-Afrika in 10 jaar die DRC, kompleet met hongersnood, snotneus kinders op die Time Magazine voorblad en oorlog. Daar is klaar geweld rondom elke staking, mense word klaar weer genecklace en councillors word geskiet in politieke tit-for-tat.

    Vir die Volkstaat dudes: Julle gaan nie die ou Boere Republieke kry nie. Live with it. Julle is minder as 3% in Limpopo en miskien 5% in die Vrystaat.
    As julle dit kry gaan die land ‘n diktatorskap soos Ghadaffi wees wat deur niemand erken word nie.

    Indien daar ‘n land is waar Afrikaners nie ‘n 10% minderheid is sal ek love om daar te bly. George en Kaapstad se skoon strate is tekens van wat ons land kan wees.

    En hierin is my laaste kommentaar, en ek mag dit se want ek is unpeecee. Kom ons vat ‘n pie-in-the sky scenario: Die regering gee vir die Afrikaners ‘n 5 miljoen hektaar stuk grond in die Noord Kaap. Daar is niks behalwe soutbos en damara skape nie. Niemand soek dit nie. Met ‘n Wereldbank lening bou hulle ‘n pyp van die Kongo rivier af en besproei dit en maak dit floreer, amper soos die Israeliete in die Sinai. Hoe lank gaan dit wees voor die werklose massas oor die grens stroom vir werk uit die smeulende skulp wat van Suid Afrika oorgebly het? Wie gaan die vrugte in die boorde pluk en wie gaan die trekkers bestuur? Hoe lank gaan die nuwe land ‘n demokratiese blanke land bly?

    Ek het sopas ‘n onderhoud met ‘n blanke boer op BBC News gesien. Die oorhoofse rigting van die gesprek was “Ons het gedink die ergste is verby en ons het nooit gedink dit gaan so erg raak nie”
    Ek sal definitief trek (en ‘n groot gros ander mense ook) na ‘n Afrika Heimat as daar ‘n geleentheid is om weg te kom van die huidige (en meer belangrik) die toekomstige probleme van Suid Afrika. Ek dink net nie daar is al ‘n werkbare oplossing op die tafel om te oorweeg nie.

  20. ADD Zimbabwe boer by die laaste reel

  21. As ek ouer was is ek seker my Afrikaans het ook so mooi uitegkom soos Ben s’n. Immers, in antwoord tot ‘n vroeëre vraag van Cara het Ben my voorgespring – die kontak persoon (soos reeds gemeld) is Prof. Stanton van Genocide Watch.

    Rakende jou belangstelling om my kommentaar te vertaal: Jy is meer as welkom. Ek handel dag-to-dag in Engels, en dit is vir ‘n welkome ruskans om daarvan afstand te doen waar moontlik. Ek hoop jy verstaan.

    Laastens wil ek, soos talle voor my, ook my dank betuig vir jou artikel – die staanspoort waarvan jy vertrek is verfrissend, en verseker broodnodig in ons gesprekvoering rondom Suid Afrika en sy toekoms.

  22. Hoeveel keer wil die Afrikaner nog n donkie wees wat die WORTEL voor sy neus volg deur vir n ander sy frontier te vorm, n grond te ontwikkel, massas te voed, minerale te ontdek, koningshuise te bedien, en dit vir n martie martelgat status, heuning kwassie en n vroue monument? Eers die wes kaap, toe oos kaap, toe natal, toe vrystaat, toe transvaal, en nou verdomp na die res van die wereld se onontwikkelde gebiede? Laat die hele spul in hul kanon vlieg, staan terug en gee die oulike reenboog kans om sy natuur te volg.

  23. Hey Cara, I’m so damn proud to be your friend:)

  24. @Lalie – ek moet bieg, ek verstaan glad nie jou kommentaar nie – watter punt probeer jy maak?

  25. Riaan Knoetze’s post (Submitted on 2011/07/19 at 12:50 nm) translation:
    I wish I could have gone – I’ve been following the VVK and their aspiratinos for quite some time. What the article does not highlight, is that the quest for a volkstaat is not only taking place within SA: delegates of other Afrikaner organisations are also currently conversing in international UN-driven forums.

    Another thing which is relatively unknown in the internatinoal and national media the threat of a mass genocide. In the days and years after the 1994 Rwanda genocide, a committee was founded to monitor the barometers of genocides across the world. The committee identified an 8-step process that leads to mass genocide, with step 7 characterised as that which happened in Rwanda in 1994. About a month ago, white Afrikaners were listed at step 6 of this scale: indeed the eve of a mass genocide – and this rating was done by an independent, international organisation.

    Seen in this light, the Afrikaner has 3 options: emigration, conversation/negotiation, or protest. Personally I think the VVK’s focus on conversation (not in Abel Malan’s style, at least, not yet) is an excellent idea. There are other groups such as the KommandaKorps and the Verkennersbewegeing (Pathfinders Movement) who have already given up on conversation/negotiation and who are currently actively preparing themselves in anticipation of physical resistance by means of paramilitary weekend camps (led by x-SADF soldiers). The VVK, as radical / far-right as they seem, are on the contrary the most liberal and docile of the lot – well, at the moment at least.

    In terms of an economic model, I think the VVK would benefit very much from the remarkably innovative economy of that Afrikaner pseudo-volkstaat, Orania. On a small scale, Orania has already been achieving for 20 years what a volkstaat would. To place things in perspective, Orania receives no municipal services, salaries, waste removal, police, hospital or even electricity – on the contrary, the town council of Orania is left to their own devices for all these things, AND to top it off they must keep a local economy going. This they do by means of their own monetary currency (within SA), their innovative approach to the stock market and land ownership, as well as their focus on pecan nut exporting.

    At the other end of the story, there are also report (again not in the mainstream media) that x-MK soliers are again beginning their training, with similar training camps in and outside SA border (allegedly Lesotho is the biggest baddie in this case). Furthermore SA plans to send unemployed, black only, youth to military training at the current SA military – as has also ready happened in 2010 in Bloemfontein.

    The great question at the end of the day is whether the current government would really come to the table for conversations/negotations about a volkstaat, and what would happen if they don’t? At the moment Afrikaners in general, and far right groups too, are quite divided in their outlook… But the pawpaw could strike the fan if there were to be a unification of these interests. Naturally the great elephant in the room is how much land the Afrikaners insist upon: If it is the old Boere republics of pre-1902, how does the SA government justify giving away close to 50% of the land to a group of people who are only 8-10% of the population (and a substantial proportion of the tax payers corps)?

  26. Translation of VVK NOMINEE Ben Geldenhuys’s comment (Submitted on 2011/07/20 at 8:45 vm)

    Dear Cara

    I must congratulate you with your attempt to write a balanced article. However it is true that you have misunderstood certain aspects of what was said; I will try to state it more clearly here.

    Before I get to that point, I must explain that the discomfort at your presence was rooted in the suspicion that you were of the media. Since the media in SA has the habit of crushing those whose views and aspirations differ from the mainstream, there is always some suspicion towards the media.

    With regards to other aspects that you misunderstood:

    The part of the Afrikaner that wishes to be independent, is not against any other group’s aspirations. This is why we grant those who wish to build the rainbow nation, their rainbow nation. We also wish them all the best with the “fixing” of the rainbow, which is possibly terminally ill. In this regard we wish that our international right to self-determination would also be recognised. (We are not AGAINST anything, we are FOR independence, and those Afrikaners who wish for it.)

    It also seems that you deny the fact that a genocide is being committed against the Afrikaner. Prof George Stanton of Genocide Watch would differ from you on this pount since he has already placed the genocide against the Afrikaner at level 6, out of a possible 8 levels. (By the way, the eighth and final step of genocide is denial.)

    With regards to Abel Malan, he has not yet had the chance to state his side of the story. Let’s give him the opportunity to do so, before before condemning him. As a side comment I may add that it seems that Prof van Niekerk has a history of aggression. The attack which Van Niekerk launched on a student, Lodi Gouws, in 2006, is a typical sign of this man’s modus operandi as well as his boundless aggression.

    In the video it is obvious that the man has little patience and does not hesitate to assault the student. As far as I understand the university took no action against the professor and the student was expelled.

    Kind regards,
    Ben Geldenhuys

  27. Translation of Unpeecee’s comment (Submitted at 2011/07/20 at 11:15 vm):

    In the end the conundrum of a Volkstaat is threefold.

    1) I truly think the government (especially the African nationalists who are seemingly getting a louder and louder voice) would like a Mugabe type black state. The philosophy of this group is “If we bleed now by removing white influence and upsetting the status quo, our children will be free.” I think the drop in votes during the election sounded some alarms and the ANC has begun to consider the possibility that they may lose an election.

    2) There is no place in SA where whites are even close to a majority. Even the group of 30 right-wing farmers in Thabazimbi/Kwaggasrand/Upington/Joubertina reckon their land must form part of one republic. In Kosovo the Muslims in Serbia all decided one day to move to Kosovo and then they got their own country. Not a Kwa-Zulu that looks like a patchwork cloth, but one solid piece. Everywhere in South Africa where the land is good, there are lots of people staying. The Volkstaat will be a desert, where no people are in anycase and where there is no water. If you want a Volkstaat you will have to give up your luxury farm / luxury house / luxury life / luxury job / luxury school / luxury hospital. “Yes, yes yes!” I hear them all say, but put your money where your mouth is and move to Orania.

    3) The problem for the government is that the Afrikaners have money. It sounds 1986 to say this, but it’s true. We are trained, skilled, motivated and rich. We pay probably at least 50% of the tax. Without Afrikaners, South Africa would be the DRC in 10 years, complete with famine, snot-nosed kids on Time Magazine’s cover, and war. There is already violence around every strike, people are already getting necklaced again and councillors get shot in political tit-for-tat.

    For the Volkstaat dudes: You won’t get the old Boere Republics. Live with it. You are less than 3% in Limpopo and perhaps 5% in the Free State. If you get those territories your country would be a dictatorship like Ghadaffi that is not recognised by anyone.

    If there was a country where Afrikaners were not a minority of less than 10% I would love to go live there. George and Cape Town’s clean streets are signs of what our country could be.

    And in this lies my last comment, and I am allowed to say this because I’m unpeecee. Let’s take a pie-in-the-sky scenario: The government gives Afrikaners 5 million hectares in the Northern Cape. There is nothing but soutbus and damara sheep. Nobody wants it. With a World Bank loan they build a pipe from the Congo river and irrigate it and make it flourish, almost like the Israelites in Sinai. How long would it be before the unemployed masses flood over the borders from the smouldering shell of what is left of South Africa, looking for jobs? Who will pick the fruit and who will drive the trekkers? How long with the new country remain a democratic white country?

    I just saw an interview with a white farmer on BBC News. The general point of the conversation was “We thought the worst is over and we never thought it would get this bad.”

    I will definitely move (and a lot of other people would, too) to an African Heimat if there was an opportunity to get away from the the current and (more importantly) future problems of South Africa. I just don’t think we have a workable solution on the table yet.

  28. And one last comment from me.
    I can’t leave Africa. More importantly… I can’t leave SOUTH AFRICA… to go live elsewhere. A lot of things about it is very ugly, but I am a South African and my destiny is inextricably tied up with other South Africans.

  29. Ditto.
    This whole thread is a plea to the powers that be. Please don’t make it intolerable for us!

  30. Politiek bly vir my duister.

  31. @Riaan Knoetze jy vra watter punt probeer ek maak. Wel om dit andrs te stel: Ons geskiedenis dui op n herhaling van gebeure waar druk toegepas word om ons te dryf na n nuwe volkstaat. So kan ons nooit n sterk standvastige nasie word nie. Die gevolg dat ons nooit n volkstaat sal besit nie want ons sal nooit sterk genoeg wees om dit te behou en ons grense af te dwing nie. Wat ons wel vermag is om die tafel te dek vir ander om aan te sit.

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  33. Ek het hierdie gesprek nou baie interesant gevind, en tog so bly dat ons generasie deelneem aan hierdie gesprek en nie ‘n ‘dit-traak-my nie’ houding in neem nie, want dit doen. Vir my persoonlik probeer ek dinge altyd net so eenvoudig moontlik maak. Maar ek sien julle ouens hou daarvan as dinge lekker ingewikkeld is.
    Kom ek vertel jou hoe benader ek dit. En ek weet dit is ‘n vreeslike ‘wit-of-swart’ benadering en min spasie vir grys areas, maar vir my moet ‘n gesprek ‘n slot he. ‘n Mens kan hierdie VVK en strewe na Vryheid deur identifiseerbare volke vereenvoudig. Die afrikaner boerevolk, of kom ons praat van afrikaans sprekende blankes (want almal is tog nie boere nie) het ‘n defnitiewe en baie erkenbare kultuur. Hulle bestaan in hulle eie reg. Ek is seker daar is ander volke wat hulle self op dieselfde manier identifiseer. Tot watter volk behoort Zuma, is hy ‘n zulu of xhosa? Dis nie die punt nie!!! Ek is seker as jy hom vra sal hy jou se, en hy sal hom ook so voorstel aan jou en hy sal trots wees daarop? Nie waar nie? En nie net hy nie, so ook die ander swartes en colourds en indieers en japanese etc. So is die erkenning van die afrikaner volk, onvermydelik. As iemand voel hulle wil met my op hierdie punt verskil, wel dan kan ons nie verder praat nie.
    Vir die mense wat wel saam met my stem ….
    Die VVK is ‘n uitloopsel vanuit die Afrikaner kultuur. Hulle noem dit die Afrikaner volk. Wat hulle doen, doen hulle vir die Afrikaner volk/kultuur. En met 20 000 of 30 000 geregistreerdes, dink ek is daar baie mense vir wie hulle dit doen.
    Wat ek nou net nie so mooi kan optel in jou gepreke nie Cara, dalk omdat ek nie heeltemal op dieselfde intelektuele vlak as jy opereer nie; dink jy wat hulle (die VVK) doen is reg en goed?? Dink jy die mense moet voortgaan met hulle doen en late (doen en late = strewe tot onafhankilkheid en die verkryging van die volkstaat). Ondersteun jy dit wat hulle doen??? Ek se nie jy moet aansluit en een van hulle word nie, maar ondersteun jy die konsep?? Ek weet nie of jy so gemaklik gaan wees om daardie vraag so blatant te beantwoord nie?? Want sien, as jy doen, dan neem jy standpunt in. En dan is die intelektuele gesprekke nie meer in die wind nie. Dan verhoog jy die waarde in jou opinie. Ek vra dit nie om jou aan te val nie, ek vra bloot jou opinie. So wil ek dit ook vra van die ander lesers en volgers. Dis wat ek gedoen het. Ek volg ook die doen en late van die VVK. En ek moes vir myself besluit of ek dit wat hulle doen ondersteun.
    So hier is my opinie: Ja, dit wat die VVK doen is reg. Dit is goed. Laat hulle nou maar so verregs en verkeerd wees soos wat mense (media24) hulle wil maak. Dis ‘n groep mense wat hulle ontevredenheid en klaagliedere (wat die res van ons om die braaivleis vuur en in die binnekamer hou) omgesit het in aksie. Dis mense wat simpatie toon teenoor mede Suid Afrikaners en in spesifiek die Afrikaner volk, wie se oumas en oupas verkrag en vermoor word. Ek het ook `n sterk vermoede dat meeste van die leiers van hierdie beweging ook slagoffers van geweld is. En hulle doen wat hulle doen op hulle eie tyd en onkostes, bloot omdat die huidige regering volgens hulle, niks daaraan doen nie. Respek vir hulle dat hulle dit met gesprek, onderhandeling en binne die handelinge van die wet wil doen.
    Wat die volksmoord kwessie betref, ek wil nie eers daaroor praat nie. Ek raak sommer hartseer om daaroor te praat. Ek meen ons praat hier van boere wat agter bakkies aangesleep word, dogtertjies wat in die kop geskiet word en vele soortgelyke gevalle. En ek kan nou al hoor hoe die teen argument kom, van “maar ja in die apartheids jare het die blanke Afrikaners dit aan die swartes ook gedoen”. Ja hulle het, daarom het die ANC se “freedom fighters” daaroor geveg. Daarom was daar ‘n kerkstraat bom (geplant onder die leiding van die ANC). Die ANC het hulle apartheids ontevredenheid ook omgesit in aksie. Net soos wat die VVK (en uiteindelik die volksraad) dit vandag doen. Net hopelik sonder die bom. En ek weet die Lindley moordenaars is nou ag lewenslange tronkstraf toegedien, maar daardie vermoorde gesin is nogsteeds vermoor. Mens maak die fout om te dink die staat doen sy werk om die moordenaars te vang, maar moenie geflous wees nie. Hulle doen nie, misdaad opvolging is ‘n klein deel van die polisie mag se verpligtinge. Misdaad voorkoming is veronderstel om prioriteit nommer een te wees. Nie reg nie??
    Op die ou einde – maak nie saak op hoe baie vlakke jy van die VVK en sy wee verskil nie. Al verskil jy in murg en been met hulle kultruele uitkyk en politiese benaderinge. En al is die “verregse” Afrikaner (kill the black) kultuur die laaste ding waarmee jy wil assosieer, is dit wat hulle doen en dit wat hulle skep en wat hulle bied aan die Afrikaans sprekende blanke ‘n onmisbare lig aan die einde van die tonnel. Nie alle swartes is moordenaars en rowers nie, dis totaal absurd om so iets te se en die toekoms van die land is nie noodwendig net altyd duister nie. Blink afrikaanse sprekende mense soos jy Cara, gaan oplossings vind om die land `n beter plek vir almal te maak. Wie weet wat more inhou, dalk gee Malema more al sy korupsie geld terug en word hy ‘n bekeerde man voor Christus, maar intussen, dank die Hemelse Vader vir leiers figure wat, soos ek, Afrikaans praat.
    Dankie vir hierdie gesprek kolom van jou. En dankie dat ek my opinie so vrylik kan lig. Ek hoop ek kry positiewe terugvoer, bedoelende dat ander lesers ook vrylik hulle opinie oor die ondersteuning of vermyding van hierdie aksie (die VVK) sal uitlig.

  34. Luhann, vandag is jy my hero. Ek soek elke dag iemand van wie ek iets kan leer en na wie ek kan opkyk, en vandag is dit jy.

    Dis laataand, my kop is seer is my oë is al amper toe na die lang dag se werk. In tye soos die, letterlik en figuurlik, ontduik die oulike sê-goed en mooi woorde my, en meng ek sommer net my taal, want dis maklik en ek kan. So vergewe my as die volgende nie uitkom volgens die taal-standaarde van die puriste onder ons nie.

    Ek het Engeland toe gekom om SA te ontsnap. Daarsy, dis op die tafel… Ek belei dit openlik.

    Binne my eerste jaar hier, alhoewel ek op ‘n working holiday visa was, was ek onmiddelik gereed om my identiteit, nasionaliteit en my mens-wees op te gee vir ietsie permanents in hierdie land. Hierso is alles is skoon, dit werk mooi, mense werk hard, dis maklik om die goeters te gaan sien wat mense oor lees in boeke en daar’s actually genuine kans vir bevordering. Die grootste ding wat my hier opgeval het, was dat mense waardeer word deur ander… Dis asof hulle op ‘n manier dit reg gekry het om verby velkleur te kyk – imagine that, velkleur maak genuine nie saak nie. Weird konsep.

    In my tweede jaar van my pseudo engels-wees, het ek begin oplees oor Suid Afrika. Ek meen ek was nog altyd ‘n news junkie en dis vir my belangrik om te weet wat aangaan, veral in SA… Al het ek my paspoort figuurlik gebrand. O ja, ek moet ook noem dat in hierdie tyd het ek getrou (met ‘n beeldskone dame van Stellenbosch) en ook van visa verander – uiteindelik het ek geen rede om terug te keer SA toe nie: niemand kan daarop aandring nie. Ek’s in ‘n self-imposed legal exile – Heaven.

    Soos wat die tyd aanstap, begin ek al hoe meer oplees oor my land, my mense, my kultuur, my taal, die oorloë (Zulu, Engeland, Rusland / Kuba / Korea / Angola / ANC, en uiteindelik ook met onself). My leestof het gehandel oor my eie familie, apartheid in die algemeen, die liberation struggle… en uiteindelik met wat vandag gebeur in ons land.

    En toe tref dit my… Soos ‘n bomslag in kerkstraat op ‘n stil Sondag oggend. Ek was verpletterd. In stukkies. Die trane het vir dae aan my wange geklou. Ek’t lusteloos deur my venster gekyk na die grys winterweer van engeland. My bybel en my afrikaner leeswerk het doelloos op die grond gelê. Ek was niks, leeg en donker.

    Wat was dit wat my so getref het?

    Vir die eerste keer het ek gesien, met my eie oë, hoe lyk ‘n plaasmoord. ‘n Grumoord. Dit was die fotos wat nooit die media haal, en ook nooit beskryf word nie. Die koerantberigte het real geword. Ek’t aan my ma’le gedink, my familie op die plase, my vriende… my mense. Die mense op die foto was geslag… stadig… oor ‘n tydperk van ure. Die vrou, wat netsowel my vrou kon gewees het, was geskewer soos ‘n sosatie in volle detail. Die ouma en oupa was opgebind in die stoorkamer en doodgebrand met strykysters… Die familiebybel het oopgelê langs hulle, vol bloed.

    Dit was my bomslag. Dit was my grensoorloog. Dit was my fake WVK.

    In my binnekamer het ek gesit en huil. Getjank soos ‘n kleuter wat se bure verewig na ‘n ander dorp toe trek. Ek’s geclick hulle kom nooit weer terug nie… en dit omdat hulle wit was. Daar was nie eers iets gesteel nie.

    En toe, soos met enige rou proses, kom die kwaadwees en frustrasie. Ek’t kwaad geword… kwaad vir die regering, kwaad vir die swartman, kwaad vir die slapgat polisie, kwaad vir affirmative action en BEE, kwaad oor diskriminasie ek sommer die moer in vir christene wat elke week hul heilige kerkies bywoon en kumbaja liedjies sing om hul gewete te sus… maar waneer dit tyd raak vir aksie, stem dik maak en ‘n voet neersit, dan reel hulle bidgroepies en bybelstudies.

    In daai tyd, al het ek soos ‘n banggat weggekruip in Engeland, het ek groepe gejoin soos die kommandokorps, suidlanders, die verkenners beweging en eintlik sommer enige plek wat se motto neerkom op: “De hel hiermee, genoeg is genoeg, hier trek ons die lyn”. Ek’t gedoen wat ek kon, van geld tot opleidings materiaal stuur tot die verspreiding van propaganda – al my talente wat ek opgedoen het oor nagenoeg 8 jaar se universiteits studies in verskeie rigtings het ek beskikbaar gestel aan die groepe. Wapens, plofstof, taktiek, website development vaardighede, oorlewings strategiee, sielkunde, paramedici, fotografie, vertaling, you name it – ek’t uitgehelp waar ek kon (in die veiligheid van my engelse huis natuurlik, want sien, ek het mos my afrikanerhart prys gegee).

    En toe kom insig. Na ‘n paar gesprekke met my pa (wat Prys-die-Here meer gematigd is as ek), verskeie ander mense na wie ek opkyk, en uiteindelik ook met ‘n swart vriend wat net so hardegat is as ek, verstaan ek hulle punt beter. I get it… ek weet hoekom gebeur wat gebeur. Ek stem nie saam nie, maar ek verstaan dit. “Hulle” is nes ek. Hulle kry ook seer, raak ook kwaad, wil ook iets beters hê en soek ook oplossings. My aktiwiteite in bogenoemde groepe het al hoe minder geword – maar my simpatie bly steeds bly hulle, ek weet waar die ouens vandaan kom… ek ken hulle harte.

    Maar waaragtig, die een ding wat my ontwyk is aanvaarding. Ek kan nie, en ek sal nie, settle vir wat nou gebeur nie.

    Ek en vroulief staan op die vooraand van terugkeer na SA. Ons comfy life in engeland is gecancel… by our own choice. Die flights is geboek, die paspoort is afgestof en die rekeninge word toegemaak. Aan die einde van my engelse (mis)avontuur het ek tot die besef gekom – ek’s ‘n Suid Afrikaner, ‘n wit ene en ek sal waaragtig nie langer terugstaan of jammer sê daarvoor nie. Suid Afrika is my land, dis my mense. Ek is teen niemand nie, maar ek is vir volk, my nasie en my taal en as dit bietjie Verwoerd-agtig klink: tough. Wit Suid Afrikaners, like it or not, is deel van die antwoord… Of jy nou daai antwoord wil hoor of nie.

    Ek is trots op my kultuur en my land, al was daar foute gemaak langs die pad. Enige iemand, hetsy wit of swart, wat daarop aandring dat ‘n minderheidsgroep soos ‘n minderheid moet optree staan in my pad en ek het nie tyd vir hierdie oe-askiestog-slapgat houding nie. Nee, ek is nie op die oorlogspad nie – ek’t geen begeerte vir dit nie (die movies maak dit uit as noble en romanties, eintlik is dit barbaars, stront en heavy stressvol). Tog, sal ek ook nie die hasepad inslaan nie. In die woorde van daai oulike band “disselblom” – ek sal nie langer jammer sê nie. Besides, as ek regtig so sterk voel oor my land en my mense (van alle kleure!!), dan is dit tyd om my daad by my woord te sit… en huis toe te kom.

    Een vraag wat my haunt, tot vandag toe nog, is: “Waar was ek, en wat het ek gedoen, toe die mense van hul plase verjaag was in Zim?”

    Ek, wat ‘n beleidende christen is wat glo daar is om my buurman lief te hê en hom by te staan in sy tyd van nood, het met ‘n traak-my-nie houding die nuusberigte gelees. Ek’t niks gedoen nie. Ek’t gesê dis iemand anders se probleem. Dis nie my issue nie. Ek was ‘n hypocrite. Oor my dooie liggaam, letterlik, sal dit weer gebeur.

    Ek vir jou Suid Afrika.

  35. Cara, uitstekende stuk!

  36. Naand sê,

    Toevallig kom ek op hierdie berig af en ek moet sê die berig en kommentaar hier gelewer vind ek baie interresant. Ek sien myself as ‘n jong boere afrikaner en ek deel graag die standpunte van Luhann en Riaan en ek waardeer die moed wat die skrywer en haar vriendinne wys om ‘n gebalanseerde opinie te gee deur eers self ondersoek in te stel. Ek self is geregistreer by die VVK en het besluit om die pad van vryheid vir my volk te begin stap.

  37. Tog opvallend, die duidelike verskil tussen iemand wat met insig oordeel en iemand wat slegs oor kennis beskik. Luhann, baie dankie vir ‘n insiggewende bydrae tot die broodnodige gesprek. Jou inset het die onderwerp op ‘n hoër vlak geplaas en die noodsaaklikheid daarvan, ook vir die jonger generasie, opnuut beklemtoon. Cara, hier is vir jou ‘n nuwe uitdaging: Reël en fasiliteer ‘n opvolg vergadering oor die werksaamhede van die VVK, verkieslik in Stellenbosch, sal graag ‘n paar dosente se insette wil hoor. Dankie vir ‘n wonderlik inisiatief van jou kant.

  38. Thank you so much for posting this. I live in the USA and have no ties whatsoever with SA. I have been reading up on relations within SA after moving within the USA to a new home in a large city in the southern part of this country. The impact of slavery is felt differently in this state compared to the previous one in the USA that I lived in. This state had over 100 years of post-slavery law which enshrined favoritism given to whites and a dual class society. This was eventually done away with by the landmark Federal Government’s civil rights legislation of the 1960s.

    I have been using Google Translate to read articles and blogs as I find them. Your commentary on the VVK meeting was quite interesting. Thank you.

  39. Cool, Vince. I’m glad it was insightful for you. Interesting that you mention legislation. It was after I started reading up on favoritist legislation, which has been in place in South Africa since colonialism began but especially since 1910, that I was really struck by the extent to which disadvantage has been deliberately constructed in South Africa. Being able to refer to legislation when discussing oppression also helps when one encounters people would like to skim over the gravity of what happened. I am frustrated sometimes that I was only taught about the laws of Apartheid, while it began so long before that. Are you picking up similar biases in your investigation of how historical Southern USA inequality is told?
    All the best for your journey further.

  40. The end of the Civil War (1861 – 1865) was a turning point when the northern Federal Government of the USA entered the 11 southern states and established reconstructed state governments. During this initial reconstruction period, blacks were given the right to vote and were elected to office. However, by 1880 this had past and the Republican party was pushed into a corner that would leave the south solidly in the Democratic camp until almost a hundred years later. The poll tax and other requirements were put into place to severely restrict the opportunities for black folks to vote and influence legislative government.

    Yes, you will find a number of primary (first-hand accounts) resources who address the topic of relationship between white and black folks. There was a famous reformed church leader in a major city of the south during the late 19th century who actively taught views that black folks were not intellectually equal to white folks and that they needed to be educated separately. You can read about the debates during that period on how Presbyterian churches composed of black folks led by black elders, though, these black elders would never serve in a church assembly with white elders. Reading some of this debate through the lens of the 21st century is surprising.

    Judicially, the deck was also stacked against black folks. The 1896 landmark USA Supreme Court case (Plessy v. Ferguson) by a vote of 7 to 1 upheld the constitutionality of individual USA state laws requiring racial segregation in private businesses under the doctrine of “separate but equal”. This “separate but equal” interpretation was law until the 1954 USA Supreme Court case (Brown v. Board of Education). Interestingly, Plessy was born a free person and was one-eighth black and seven-eighths white. I believe that is “coloured” by SA definition. Under Louisiana state law enacted in 1890, Plessy was classified as black, and thus required to sit in the “colored” or non-white car.

    The 1954 Supreme Court case threw all of this open in an arena which touches the majority of our population – in Education. Before this time, you could have white schools (primary, secondary, tertiary) and you could have black schools (primary, secondary, tertiary). These were separate but the facts say they were not always “equal” facilities. Within many cities you had a number of phenomena going on when this watershed 1954 judgment was made. First, you had what is known as “white flight” where folks would leave the cities and move to the suburban areas with good schools paid for with property tax dollars from the middle and upper class folks. If there are no black folks in your neighborhood then your school won’t have any. Second, you had an explosion of private schools started. In the USA private schools do not receive any public state assistance and would therefore charge a tuition for students to attend.

    After 1954, tertiary or University education opened up increasingly to black folks during this time. I found this aspect interesting during my separate reading on the struggles within Rhodesia and Zimbabwe. The role which the USA played at that time was significant in bringing about a change from the Smith government and in legitimizing the election of Mugabe. At the very time the USA was against Rhodesia’s racially based government, the University of Rhodesia appears to have been a far more integrated university than any major university in the USA. So I see a hypocritical attitude and a smug pride at times in the way my own country handles racial issues. Today, it should not be a matter of percentages and numbers, but rather authentic relationships and building up of the USA as a country. Sadly, there are many USA leaders who do not want to say the hard things that need to be said.

    What is frustrating is understanding how all of this is brought together in a clear manner. This is a complex issue and my guess is that the legislative and judicial events of a particular country are significant and important in defining what happened. In the USA as one moved south typically the laws which black folks had to deal with became more onerous. Following this event path makes it easy to teach in school or in an article going from one event to another. It is far more difficult to get into one’s personal beliefs and opinions regarding race let alone trying to determine what people believed in a previous era. The USA lives in an era of sound-bites and short attention spans so getting into deep discussion or reflection is rare. Maybe the USA should inport the braai.

    Forming a separate country is an interesting proposition. I look forward to continuing to read and learn about what issues are motivating folks to pursue forming a separate country.

  41. Hi Vince,

    Thanks for the brief (but thorough) overview of American racial history. There’s two things I’d like to highlight. Your assumption that being 1/8th black constitutes a classification of being coloured is incorrect – In SA, “coloureds” (sometimes referred to as “Cape Coloureds” due to their large numbers in that geographical location) is a distinct racial group in SA, they are not be confused with mixed race (which is what your definition alludes). The “coloureds” in SA refers to the former slaves imported from Malaysia and (I believe) miconesia in the 1600-1700’s.

    While it’s definitely interested to note the emergence of the “black consciousness” in America, it needs to be said that they are still very much a minority group. In contrast to this, the blacks in SA have in the past been treated as if they are a minority group (through Apartheid) even though their sheer numbers indicates otherwise. In America, equal opportunities exists only at the behest of the white majority… in SA, our majority pays lip service to the idea of equality. Although race-based policies like BEE/AA has the notion of creating a free / fair society, the results of these policies is actually vastly different than what was intended.

    As a side note, I stumbled across an article yesterday on these race-based policies that I actually support. Don’t get me wrong, I do think that restitution needs to occur in SA, but I do not agree with the current methods used to achieve it. In any event, here’s the article: http://www.news24.com/MyNews24/YourStory/New-BEE-AA-proposal-20110902#.TmR6VFVrQMo.facebook

  42. Riaan,

    Thanks for the clarification on the points where I was incorrect. Reading things through the lens of someone from the USA leads to a particular bias. Some of our historic racial laws were based upon percentages. Today, this is still maintained by many of our Native American Indian Nations which have independent homelands throughout the USA. Each Indian Nation is able to determine what percentage of tribal heritage is necessary to call yourself a member of that nation. With the increase in the USA of casinos and gambling on these independent Indian reservations throughout the country, this determination can have a big financial benefit to individuals who are tribal members. Casinos are permitted in only a few states of the USA and so the independent Native American Indian Nations or reservations meet the demand.

    Some of the larger Indian reservations in the USA number a few hundred thousand members and so I wonder if this is an analogy to what people are considering in SA. I know someone who recently retired from USA government service and the individual was looking forward to returning with her family to their Indian reservation. They had a special needs / handicapped child who was having problems receiving care because her child’s first language is Navajo and he did not communicate in English until he began Primary School. Returning to the area where the Navajo language and cultural practices would be familar would enable this family to regain some stability unavailable here.

    The proposal which you submitted with the link is very interesting. There is a large emphasis here in the USA with large corporations encouraging the pursuit of engineering, science, and math. Speaking with a friend who was an admissions / entrance officer with a university, they sought out minority students with strong math and science backgrounds to recruit for their university. These talented minority students tend to be simultaneously sought out by many of the major USA universities since they are so few in number. There have been leaders in inner city education over the last twenty years who have sought to motivate students from poorer and typically minority backgrounds to pursue university preparation classes from the 6th Grade / Primary 6 onward. These typically involve the formation of independent, publically funded charter schools which also try to attract private support and require serious parental involvement. One operates about 2 km from my home.

    Has the ineffectiveness of the SA policing services in maintaining order caused South African’s to consider more seriously an independent homeland or Volkstaat? SA sounds like a very dangerous place from the crime statistics. How does the level of crime today in 2011 compare with levels in 1981 and what are the reasons for these differences?

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