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The Afrikaners are restive

Stanley Uys
16 March 2010

Stanley Uys on the political reawakening of the white African minority

Afrikaners are experiencing a reawakening. They are being urged to stand up for their rights and confront the ANC if necessary. Support appears to be building up for the withholding of taxes. This follows 15 years of relative silence among Afrikaners since the ANC take-over in 1994, and it is a disturbing development for the ANC government.

In an article in Die Beeld, the historian, Professor Hermann Giliomee, writes: "Opinion polls indicate that Afrikaners have a significantly greater need for political solidarity and sense of belonging than exists among white English-speakers. Until recently they were not aware how from a minority position they could mobilise against attack on their rights and in support of their language and culture. This is changing rapidly."

Giliomee refers to a fed-up factor among Afrikaners (also known as the keelvol or gatvol factor).  He says that "among northern Afrikaners (it) has increased so much that in a recent opinion poll...more than half indicated they would prefer to live in a homeland" (a separate state).

"With the exit gap of emigration mostly closed and with an incompetent, wavering president in the power position, South Africa in the next five years can become a very interesting place where minorities, including Afrikaners, can regroup and renew themselves.  The final chapter on the Afrikaners has by no means been written yet."

Giliomee has written two new chapters for his 2003 book The Afrikaners. He draws on this new material for his latest comments.

Clearly uneasy over the new mood among the now unpredictable Afrikaners, ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe has invited Die Beeld to "facilitate a live debate...with the aim of enabling greater understanding and reduced suspicions among us as a people." Mantashe (also chairman of the SACP) promises that "I, personally, commit to such an engagement."

In an article in Die Beeld, Mantashe accuses Giliomee of "inciting" Afrikaners and of being "economical with the facts." He says Giliomee wants to put the clock back to 1994 and restore privileges Afrikaners enjoyed "during the 86 (sic) years of apartheid nationalist rule". (Apartheid in fact prevailed from 1948 to 1994 - 46 years).

President Zuma, too, is in conciliatory mood. He held a private dinner last week for Afrikaner leaders at which among other matters the unrestrained statements of ANC Youth League president, Julius Malema, were discussed.

Giliomee is by no means alone in his encouragement of a reawakening among Afrikaners. He believes language marginalisation and poverty go hand-in-hand, and addressing a conference on poverty organised by the trade union Solidarity (to which many white workers belong) he called on churches and schools to play their  part. He said Afrikaners should recapture their political will and self-trust if they wanted to deal with poverty in their communities.

The conference was attended by 300 delegates representing 66 organisations. Meanwhile, the Democratic Alliance, the Freedom Front Plus and the Afrikanerbond are mobilising opposition to the ANC mooting possible legislation to declare agricultural land a "national asset" - an expropriation threat.

In the 2009 elections, Afrikaners were as united as they were in 1966 when 82% of them voted for the Democratic Alliance.  Yet with the ANC power elite steadily downgrading the importance  of Parliament, the minorities have been looking to sites of opposition to government.

Like the English-speaking white middle class, the Afrikaner middle class are groaning under a heavy tax burden and escalating prices. Giliomee notes:  "Johan van Zyl, managing director of Sanlam, declares that the middle class are under intense financial pressure as is evident from the increase in insurance policies for which the premiums cannot be paid.

"Nevertheless, the government is planning a compulsory national health scheme which, according to Professor Harms of Pretoria University, will cause the tax rates to increase by two thirds".

In a recent article in these columns, Dave Steward, executive director of the FW de Klerk Foundation (writing under the headline White Disaffection in South Africa), said many members of South Africa's minorities "feel themselves less and less represented in the institutions of their country. The glow of the initial years of the ‘rainbow nation' has, unfortunately, faded...Instead, there is a growing sense of alienation.

"The most potent form of Afrikaner resistance to the authorities is the non-payment  of rates and other forms of local taxes until service delivery improves. Blacks have also mounted various form of protest action, including violent protests against poor services."

"As a group of approximately three million spread over the country, the Afrikaners dominated most of the city councils and municipalities before the transition in 1994. Afrikaans-speaking skilled personnel were the first to be displaced by the new-government's ill-conceived transformation policy".

Meanwhile, the Risk Unit Analysis of the SA Institute of Race Relations has just issued the follow warning: "Protest action against the Government and the ANC has escalated over the past 24 months. This is a new phenomenon and its implications for future stability in South Africa are serious. The Unit has identified the risk of a new grass roots political movement growing out of local government protests as perhaps the greatest political threat to the political hegemony of the ANC. "

Addressing a conference of the Solidarity trade union, which includes many of the country's white civil servants among its members, Giliomee touched on the issue of taxation of whites.  Giliomee said: "South Africa has one of the strangest systems in the world: those with political power have no economic power and those with economic power have no political power. The Economist wrote that the ANC's Achilles' heel was the white taxpayers, while the late Chris Louw remarked that the influence of Afrikaners reduced to its demographic proportions was: a meagre 6%.

Beeld's editor, Tim du Plessis, believes there is a revival among Afrikaners. "People, communities, minorities...are standing up and saying: enough is enough. Now we are taking our rights back." They resist the "stifling ANC hegemony of the past 10 years", are fighting for their city's name (Pretoria), and withholding service taxes in protest. "Perhaps garages which refuse franchises to minority groups should be boycotted."

The ANC's National Democratic Revolution, says Du Plessis, still aims to dominate every nook and cranny of South Africa, but everywhere it is being forced into reverse - "everywhere, except at Stellenbosch University, where the opposite is happening - the right word is abdication".

Du Plessis said someone should tell the "transformers" at Stellenbosch that the battle between verligtes and verkramptes was over. "Verlig has won; mission accomplished."

Beeld's sister newspaper in Cape Town, Die Burger, taking the opposite view, says the refusal of householders to pay service taxes is an absurdity (onding). The editor Henry Jeffreys (himself coloured) writes: "The ‘white' taxpayers have the means to withhold and invest it in a quasi-trust fund...this is unlawful...Withholding taxes ultimately is the civilised and sophisticated face of anarchy."

Among the angry responses, a reader wrote: "Neglecting to check his facts shows that Jeffreys is not a good journalist. It is time for him to be promoted to something like the Mitchells Plein Edvertaaiser." For the first time, Die Burger has lashed out at Giliomee in a front-page report. Yet, in Beeld, Du Plessis backs him to the hilt.

Continuing his Beeld article, Giliomee wrote: "The three most important developments of the last five years have been the renewal of the ANC Alliance's policy document, the National Democratic Revolution, the weakening belief in the Constitution to protect minority rights, and the ways in which the Afrikaners have repositioned themselves".

The NDR to which Giliomee refers requires the state to control all levers of power, public and private. The NDR, says Giliomee, has a long history, but was given fresh life by the SACP 1962 policy document, The Road to South African Freedom.

Giliomee doubts whether Zuma personally endorses the NDR as the ANC's directive philosophy, but by having to accommodate it to other policy priorities, he has landed himself in an "ideological muddle" which increasingly characterizes the Zuma-ANC. "Without the NDR," says Giliomee, "Julius Malema's present role would not have been possible."

Giliomee makes other points concerning Afrikaners: (a) loss of faith in the 1990-1996 settlement between the ANC and whites: whereas Afrikaners accepted it as a binding contract, the ANC saw it as just a stepping stone in the revolutionary process; Afrikaners split, but regrouped - with their more affluent members identifying themselves with the cosmopolitan English-speakers; while at the lower level most Afrikaners just struggled for survival.

At the Solidarity conference, Dr Danie Langner, executive director of the Solidarity Helping Hand, said it was necessary to talk about poverty because there are "about 430,000 Afrikaners who have to exist in squatters' camps, corrugated iron shacks, caravans, tents and even pigsties. It's a quiet poverty today about which people are afraid and ashamed to talk for fear of another political slap in the face...But it is no less intense than the poverty after the Anglo-Boer war and the 1930s."

For an academic's overview of the current debate among Afrikaners, readers can turn to "Suid-Afrika op soek na ‘n opvolgskikking," by Prof. Pierre du Toit of the Department of Political Science, University of Stellenbosch. Opvolgskikking can be translated as a renegotiation of the agreement reached between the National Party government and the ANC in the early 1990s, but Follow-up Settlement perhaps is better.

Du Toit asks whether the 1990-1993 negotiations took place in good faith, and whether there was ever underlying unanimity that the negotiations did not mean the armed struggle would continue simply as "war by other means"?

Other questions raised by Du Toit are whether the negotiators ever thrashed out among themselves the nature and essence of the democratic concept; whether the question was ever settled of the opposition's role - to confront, or to help, the government; and whether civil society should include only those who had suffered under apartheid.  Du Toit lists various differences which, he says, "persist... and keep the present settlement under continuous pressure".

An academic paper such as Du Toit's (with its subtle handling of a "reawakening" among the Afrikaners) cannot be given proper attention in a short article such as this one. Crisp and lucid, it merits detailed study.

It offers this succinct comment:  "A ruling party based on imposing a hegemony of ideas offers by definition no space in which the talent of all South Africans can be harnessed in a free-ranging way. Creative thinking cannot be constrained by ideological conditions. Such an ideology, with its inherent demand for hegemonic control over everything from the internet to mineral rights, is a debilitating mind-set, wholly inadequate for the necessary problem-resolving capacity".

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who will represent the afrikaners?
so just in case there will be as du toit suggests an opvolgskikking - who will speak or represent the afrikaners?

as far as i can see the afrikaners are plural social and ethnic block and cannot be represented by the "cosmopolitans" or the . .more

by peppie on March 16 2010, 23:48
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The Afrikaners are restive
The Boer war.

Enough said.

by Robert Stilson on March 17 2010, 05:53
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UNITED IN PURPOSE not ideology. Non-Blacks unwanted in RSA
Democracy to dictatorship.
We must unite in the fight for RIGHTS of Minorities trampled.
Vote as a block for ONE strong opposition & block ANC Laws.
Culture Assoc can fight for ideology.

by old. female on March 17 2010, 06:31
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Hermann Giliomee is dreaming
Hermann Giliomee is dreaming. The Afrikaners are further from being a homogenous group or political bloc than they have ever been. The educated, middle to high income Afrikaners identify more with the other members of that economic class, be they English, . .more

by Darwin on March 17 2010, 06:56
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I'm waiting for Zille.
If there's any meaningful dissent in this country it won't come from the Afrikaners, who sadly are still trying to cosy up to the aborigines at every opportunity: "Taking hands", I think they call it. Remember their silly "Group of 64" (or was it 120? . .more

by Alset on March 17 2010, 06:59
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The Afrikaner are Restive
I agree with peppie the volk staat thing is not the way to go, but with the "Cosmopolitans" we should leave them out as this is a domistic thing. The Afrikaner had it before and came out of, the Cosmopolitans may at later state relize that it may be the . .more

by Leslie Curlewis on March 17 2010, 07:30
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afrikaners
Afrikaners were screwed-first by FW and now by the ANC.
It is time for some tough peaceful action from a tough nation that has been goaded and bullied by a bunch of inept,corrupt racists

by scud on March 17 2010, 07:39
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I'm an Afrikaner
I'm with old.female here. Count me in as an Afrikaner, even though I am English. A people we can respect with morals, ethics and the ability to get sh it done. Withholding taxes - please let me know how I can do so. I am heartily sick of seeing everything . .more

by donovan on March 17 2010, 07:39
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Afrikaners can do nothing and will do nothing

Afrikaners unfortunately can do nothing.Before 94 all they blew was hot air, but
the truth is they have no chance against the majority.In a few years from now they
will be unheard of, their language is almost dead (how many Students . .more

by Zoro on March 17 2010, 07:41
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Also "fed up" (gatvol)
Do not be surprised to find that most english speaking whites South Africans will happily support the resurgent Afrikaaner.

It is time for all minorities, their leaders and prominent business people to tell the ANC that we have has enough of . .more

by engelsman on March 17 2010, 07:42
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United in forcing accountability
I think all law abiding people should stand up for their rights and demand that the looting and distruction is stopped. The fact of the matter is that we have a government full of people who are not democratic by nature, democracy in this country is . .more

by Wendy on March 17 2010, 07:53
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Anarchy and taxes
The editor of Die Burger said: "Withholding taxes ultimately is the civilised and sophisticated face of anarchy."
No Mr Jeffreys you are wrong.
Collecting taxes from a very small percentage of the population and wasting much of it on a tiny . .more

by Burtfred on March 17 2010, 08:02
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We've been duped!

We voted for a democratic non-racial South Africa, but after Mandela we got a Black racist nationalist government instead. The racist laws on the statute books are a disgrace and a joke on any country labeling itself as non-racist.

The . .more

by Pietie on March 17 2010, 08:08
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@Zoro
Your ignorance of the afrikaner culture will be your down fall. Few have defeated many often in history. History repeats itself. The wheel turns.

by soldier on March 17 2010, 08:14
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the indians
only entered the economic arena when they began speaking english

by Shirley Armstrong on March 17 2010, 08:19
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You're wrong engelsman
As an English speaking South Africa I've got absolutely no intention of supporting Afrikaners attempts to return themselves to power under the guise that we are all "white" and must stick together Apartheid was always BEE for Afrikaners and if English . .more

by possum on March 17 2010, 08:29
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Afrikaners blew their chances....too late to cry now
How many Afrikaners voted "Yes" in the all White referendum on 17 March 1992? It must be the most naive, easily indoctrinated and short sighted nation on the face of the earth.....an embarrassment to our history and our forefathers who fought for . .more

by An Embarrassed Afrikaner on March 17 2010, 08:30
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About time someone white took a stand before zuma and Malema kill the boers
I think they want to get out their machine guns and kill the boers which for me means all the whites. So before we let them do another Piet Retief we should take to arms now and go on the attack. 2010 is the ideal time to cause real havoc to ensure the . .more

by Piet Retief on March 17 2010, 08:33
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Im an english speaking white
but I will throw my hand in with my Afrikaner brothers. Don't bring me stupid AWB solutions - we can do better than that. I'm also gatvol with our thieving , inept ANC government -embrace your fellow whites and leave the old Boer war talk behind. Werk . .more

by Soutie on March 17 2010, 08:36
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You must go to this website
www.gapminder.org

Do a bit of Research into the state of the country under ANC rule.

Very scary!

by Greek on March 17 2010, 08:45
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Full stomachs do not precipitate revolution
I think Prof. du Toit's vision of a re-negotiation of terms and conditions is pie in the sky thinking. We we know from history that revolutions are fomented by the masses usually in extreme poverty and enironments of unequalities. The Afrikaner today is . .more

by Jannie on March 17 2010, 08:48
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test
test

by test on March 17 2010, 08:59
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All minorities are threatened...
But the real division will be a class division between rich and poor - race will become inconsequential as those who have will be in a position where what they have accumulated will be under threat...affecting black, white and brown, english, Zulu, . .more

by Adam Smith on March 17 2010, 09:06
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oh! no! not again!
talk is cheap!!!! n blaffende hond byt nie

by African_Afrikaner on March 17 2010, 09:09
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Weerstand
Zille is the best alternative for South Africa and those who vote anything else than DA
must remember that the ANC will only be neutralised by unity.
Hel "Boer", wie is jou alternatief man ?!
Die Burger koop ek lankal nie meer nie.

by Jannie on March 17 2010, 09:15
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Our Leader and our Duties
Dearest Eleanor,

Any time and for any length of time you are welcome!

If you should come with Vincent, please let me know before Friday. His hours are not from 2 till 4. I have to phone him on Thursday to make arrangements.
Or will . .more

by fc on March 17 2010, 09:17
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Afrikaners had a choice.
Under FW the Afrikaner choose to give the country to the blacks in 1992 referendum. No that what was predicted by the right wing is happening, everyone is shouting for a revolution. Sorry, guys. The Afrikaner made a choice for this, he now have to live . .more

by Confucius on March 17 2010, 09:27
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Apartheid still exist within... Racist live within us.
Its amazing how some real racist are starting to surface after 16yrs in democracy. And it is also amazing why some white people feel their are seggregated. it is very clear that 1994 negotiation was not done in good faith....!

This rate-payers . .more

by Zakes on March 17 2010, 09:34
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Chinese Proverb
One of the reasons holding back Africa is the lack of good faith in honouring agreements.We have seen this with the ANC and we have seen this in Zimbawe and we have have seen this in the DRC.
The ANC Is a classic example of the chinese proveb beware . .more

by Mike on March 17 2010, 09:35
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@Boer
Boer? No way. Poorly disguised agent provocateur.

by Pieter Schoombee on March 17 2010, 09:42
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Class. Not tribe.
Do not be fooled. The upper class and there political and corporate lackeys want to keep South Africans divided into their little boxes, so that they can continue their rape and pillage. Honestly guys. Does Johan Rupert have more in common with Patrice . .more

by Carl Wille on March 17 2010, 09:52
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you are wrong possum
Who said anything about returning to the apartheid era. The black nationalism of the ANC is just as bad is the white nationalism of the previous regime and this is the reason why so many people are fed up / gatvol.

The ANC are going to take . .more

by engelsman on March 17 2010, 09:53
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Carl Wille
Carl is reg. Dit is die stelsel. Die 10% kry alles. Rupert, De Klerk en Giliomee is bang. Hulle wil agter Afrikaners skuil.

by Braam Fischer on March 17 2010, 10:01
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The Afrikaner voted for a New Rainbow South Africa
Today, 18 years ago the Afrikaner and other Whites voted for a New South Africa in the all White referendum on 17 March 1992....now they are crying over spilt milk....

by An Observer on March 17 2010, 10:04
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From an Englishman
If the new definition of Afrikaner is a white, tax paying, educated, productive member of society with morals and ethics, who is gatvol of the ANC's discrimination, incompetence and thieving ways... THEN I AM AN AFRIKANER.

by Freddie on March 17 2010, 10:10
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The Anglo Boer War

I have never understood why the Anglo Boer had to happen. How could two groups of settlers fight over land that was never theirs in the first place.

Can someone explain.

Viva Africa.

by African Man on March 17 2010, 10:39
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Ek stem
Dit is die stelsel wat seker maak dat net 10% alles kry. Rupert, De Klerk and Giliomee moet ophou om agter Afrikaners te skuil.

by Oom Bey on March 17 2010, 10:40
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Language is not a political factor in this context
This is all a bit pointless. In a first past the post democracy power comes from NUMBERS of voters. In other words you must find common ground with groupings around you and work together to achieve the end you desire for your own specific needs. Through . .more

by JS on March 17 2010, 10:42
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DIE VIERKLEUR SAL WEER WAPPER
versta JY!

by WITBOER on March 17 2010, 10:53
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@Freddie and the rest of the folks on this website!!
If thats the definition of an Afrikaner then I too am one. I speak English, have no dual passport and therefore will not be leaving my beloved country South Africa. I will take up arms should the day come and take lives as the night sets . .more

by C. Joubert on March 17 2010, 10:59
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middle class need to stand together
the whites need to unite and use their economic power to change things,if the black middle class want to join and help out then they should be allowed ,just get rid of the malemas of the world.

by james on March 17 2010, 11:00
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Class Oppression
It is the system. It oppresses 90% of South Africans, irrespective of their race, culture, language, gender or tribe. South Africans must unite and hold the 10 % accountable.

by Steve Biko on March 17 2010, 11:05
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Chickens coming home to roost
The Afrikaner needs to acknowledge that when they had power they messed up big-time. Apart from on-infecting their victim-perpetrator resentment, they failed to create a black managerial class. A little self-introspection is called for. (This applies . .more

by Theseus on March 17 2010, 11:34
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To Freddie and others
You didn't have to include "white" in your new definition of Afrikaner, even though you are bitter.
"tax paying, educated, productive member of society with morals and ethics, who is gatvol of the ANC's discrimination, incompetence and thieving . .more

by Alto on March 17 2010, 11:39
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@Zakes

You claim :

"Its amazing how some real racist are starting to surface after 16yrs in democracy."

You're dead wrong Zakes; the racists started emerging almost immediately, and especially after 1999 when the most vicious racist of . .more

by mpho on March 17 2010, 11:39
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white led black battalions
Look to who are the people who are really harassing the ANC today. It is not the Afrikaners, the Couloreds, the English or any other minority group. It is their own people. This is the real Achilles heel of the ANC. The Service Delivery riots are at . .more

by guymullins on March 17 2010, 11:44
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@African man
Well you are really showing your ignorance arn't you.The Boer war came about as a result of the discovery of diamonds and gold in the boer republics.
As a consequence of 1820 misionaries converting your spoken language into a written language so that . .more

by Mike on March 17 2010, 11:48
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Bullard
I quote David Bullard:
"Rather like the Jews before World War 2, whites will look back and wonder why they never saw it coming. Well they probably did but they were too timid to speak out for fear of being labelled racists."

It's too late . .more

by boy on March 17 2010, 11:49
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Read my new book...
Yes my new book is called "Veraaier de Klerk" not to be confused with "Siener van Rensburg" FW, you sold us out you traitor.

by YT on March 17 2010, 11:56
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Word wakker almal van julle!
Wake up you lot turning this into a black and white issue in terms of the "whaite afrikaners must unite" theme.... i am afrikaans myself and is also gatvol, but i can assure you there are many black south africans also gatvol about what their broths are . .more

by Enlightened!! on March 17 2010, 12:02
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Die Stelsel
Die swart en with rykes koop al die politieke partye. En die dom Suid Afrikaners dink hulle het n keuse. Wakker word mense.

by De La Rey on March 17 2010, 12:05
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Die Stelsel
Die swart en wit rykes koop al die politieke partye. En die dom Suid Afrikaners dink hulle het n keuse. Wakker word mense.

by De La Rey on March 17 2010, 12:06
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@African man
The Anglo boer war was about a super power (Britain) claiming land that had diamonds and gold discovered on it.
The British army of 500,000 troops were not settlers they were shipped here and by the way where was the african man's ancesters in this . .more

by MIKE on March 17 2010, 12:27
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Reality Check
Reading some of the comments here surely makes one notice that some AH will never change and might be the reason that re-ignited the infamous song "kill the boer" among some of the Africans.
As far as the ANC's ruling, prepare yourself for another . .more

by Black Conscious on March 17 2010, 12:54
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@Zakes
If they are being unconstitutional by protesting poor service delivery by way of with-holding funds from the municipality, what of the people who are destroying public and private property and looting shops in protest?

by Mooper on March 17 2010, 13:16
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Divide and Conquer!!!
It saddens me every single day, when I see how quickly my fellow country fall for this tactic! It is quite simple...there is a White, Black, Indian, Coloured elite, and they are against us! Not for us. These people want to see us fight each other, whilst . .more

by Truth on March 17 2010, 13:46
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Hey possum
Afrkaners have become modern you know, you seem to live in the past thinking it will go back to what it was. Maybe you should side now so that I can identify my enemy, because you will be on my list, dont think being white will help you.

by YT on March 17 2010, 13:49
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Truth
Welcome to the light. The truth does set you free.

by Carl Wille on March 17 2010, 15:34
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Dutchland?
Sorry dude, there is no such place.... It is like me telling you to F*** off to K***land.

by Dutchman on March 17 2010, 16:36
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Freddie; C. Joubert; Alto
Right on the money guys as was the David Bullard quote. Best not to leave it too long. I've noticed of late a surge of arrogance amongst our "leaders" as if they've suddenly become aware that they can do no wrong. Nationalisation is certain to come - too . .more

by Bill on March 17 2010, 16:47
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duysman@hotmail.com
We must follow the example of the Jews. They have survived through all these years by working together!!!!

by The Oracle - JEWS on March 17 2010, 16:50
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Dit kom
Praat, praat, praat... Die Afrikaner is te gelowig om enige iets te waag! Die Bybel se 'n regering is 'n instelling van God en moet gehoorsaam word!

Daar is enkelinge wat pog om 'n pad te wys. Waar hulle vandaan kom weet net hulle. Wie hulle is . .more

by Dirk on March 17 2010, 17:01
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But
Yes we have a culture of greed, cronyism, entitlement, corruption, racism and
self-enrichment, murder, rape, disrespect for the law, taxi violence etc but at least we have 2000 species of fynbos not found anywhere else in the world! Now beat that!

by Jan on March 17 2010, 17:09
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@Carl Wille, @African and African Man
@Carl Wille: Please don't write "there" instead of "their". Why pasting the same error three times. Do you think pasting it over and over again your "truth" will prevail.
Lately you repeatedly submit the very same comment threefold all over the . .more

by Klaus in RSA on March 17 2010, 18:04
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Klaus
Spelling and manners. Typical preoccupation of the upper class and small minded. Keeps them from thinking about the blood in the streets. What are you doing in RSA Klaus?

by Che on March 17 2010, 20:12
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Equality
The mass of mankind has not been born with saddles on their backs, nor a favored few to ride them.

by Thomas Jefferson on March 17 2010, 22:07
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Please don't rely on the english speaking white South Africans to ...
provide the Afrikaners with much support in their endeavours, for the Afrikaners have sold them down the lime just once too often!!!

by Lord Nacker on March 17 2010, 22:50
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Thieving black leaders.
For all the blacks here.Ask your leaders what happen to the money the white goverment gave them to start developing there own countries?

I will give you the answer.Just look at the leaders today and you will know what happen to that money.The . .more

by alkie on March 18 2010, 01:51
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Thieving English leaders
The biggest thieves in this ciountry where always the English.

They wanted this countries minerals for themselfs.They are the people who colonised SA.

They came here to make war with the Boer people who were simpel people.They just . .more

by alkie on March 18 2010, 02:05
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Boer
I am proud to be a Boer.The thing that I am sad of,is the fact that so many have forgotten,to serve God.

I am no Afrikaner.That is the name for a certain breed of cattle.

The Boer people must choose,do you want to follow God or the . .more

by Alkie on March 18 2010, 02:24
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it is not black, white, engels of afrikaans - it is the city - stupid!
while reading through this it becomes apparent that the many commentators make make racial remarks - but the 'national racial solution' was a disaster (apartheid) and currently is a disaster (BEE).

for this reason i mentioned the . .more

by peppie on March 18 2010, 03:17
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Action
Please let us know which garages [fuel companies] refuse franchises to minority groups. Can't boycott them otherwise.

by Rooinek on March 18 2010, 07:26
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Afrikaner regrouping
Also amazing to see how many English speaking Whites are joining Afrikaner organisations like Solidariteit and Afriforum. They are obviously realising that this will be the only solution in the long run... Some English whites actually see themselves as . .more

by Frank on March 18 2010, 09:00
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john2003@gmail.com
ag shame. i think its time the afrikaners realised that they have had their time in the sun. as it is pointed out in this article, they only constutute 6% of the population. they forced their way into power as a white lower-class and held on to it via . .more

by john on March 18 2010, 09:41
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Boycott all BEE companies....
Lets starts a NEEBEE association and trade exclusively amongst ourselves.
Also note to the Author, I as a White "Soutpiel", will stand with my brother "Rockspider" and I am sure that nothing will bring us together to fight like this Malema Tenda . .more

by Fred on March 18 2010, 09:43
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It is not a race issue
Corruption and mismanagement at national and provincial governance level is NOT a race issue. Under the guise of employment equity, which is a racially biased system, appointments are made politically.

Rather than stand up for whites, or . .more

by anonymous on March 18 2010, 09:45
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Malema the fool...
as gone too far..
Not with his racist hate speech, but backing JubJub with nando's and a visit when half the kids in the country (next elections voters) want to gut the drunken druggie looser.
This is a serious slip up for him and will signal the . .more

by Fred on March 18 2010, 09:47
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Afrikaners are restive
Djirre Stan, lyk my dis nog net jy en ek van die ou garde wat leef! Ja, dit was ek wat jy daar aangehaal het oor Jeffreys.

Bly jy nog tussen die 'ellenikas'?
Dis net 'n ou regte boeresap wat dinge oor die Afrikaner in vandag se tyd so goed . .more

by Thys Human on March 18 2010, 10:26
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ANC mess
The ANC has made an absolute mess of SA. All that kept is going was what they inherited and that is going downhill at highspeed. They are useless at uniting the country, when Mr Matashe talks rubbish about Malema's freedom song you know they have no . .more

by Pie in the Sky on March 18 2010, 11:16
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What is done is done
I'm not sure why the afrikaans are always saying De Klerk sold them out,when on my site i think he saved them.You afrikaaners were never exposed to the horrible things you used to practise on the blacks and yet you've got no gratitude.You must be greatful . .more

by Tebogo on March 18 2010, 11:34
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Class. Not race. Not tribe. Not culture. Not language.
The 90% simply have to unite and hold the upper class and their corporate and politcal lackeys accountable. Justice must prevail. Including social and economic justice. If not revenge, tragically, will. It really is that simple.

by Carl Wille on March 18 2010, 12:01
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Peace. Justice.
True peace is not merely the absence of tension: it is the presence of justice.

by Martin Lurther King Jr on March 18 2010, 12:05
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Past. Present. Future.
History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.

by Maya Angelou on March 18 2010, 12:07
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@Tebogo

Ok so if every whitee in SA is somehow responsible for Apartheid and should therefore by your assertion be grateful and pay, pay,pay, then you my friend along with every single black person in South Africa are guilty of Genocide on a massive . .more

by Fred on March 18 2010, 12:10
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Class and Justice
Carl, I think 95% is more accurate. I doubt whether the upper class in South Africa exceeds 5%? Yes, the working class, middle class, professionals and intellectuals must unite and hold the upper class and their corporate and political lackeys . .more

by Steve Biko on March 18 2010, 12:14
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Upper Class
How about we give a number to this? I suggest that anyone with a net asset value exceeding R5million or earning more than R1million rand per annum constitutes upper class. I wonder how many people that would make it? Pecentage of South Africans?

by CA (SA) on March 18 2010, 12:46
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On Civilisation
Civilization can only revive when there shall come into being in a number of individuals a new tone of mind, independent of the prevalent one among the crowds, and in opposition to it. A tone of mind which will gradually win influence over the collective . .more

by ALBERT SCHWEITZER on March 18 2010, 12:53
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@UpperClass by CA

UPPER CLASS DEMOGRAPHY ETC

Assuming you could get such "honest" stats, it would be interesting to see what numbers & percentage of SA's gross "Upper Class" count can be attribted to the various, races, cultures, political parties of the . .more

by Hohn Austin, LONDON on March 18 2010, 13:09
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Upper Class
It would also be interesting to know what percentage of the total wealth in South Africa they represent and control? And what percentage of the total income they earn? And how that financial power translates into political power? Considering that . .more

by Actuary on March 18 2010, 13:36
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Actuary
Good points you make. I think you meant the worst, not the best, tax consultants and lawyers. Who help the upper class with their rape and pillage of South Africans?

by Steve Biko on March 18 2010, 13:42
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Actuary. Accountant. Austin.
We should wait for the numbers but is I can venture a guess. We will probably find that exploitation, oppression, greed and the suppression of our own humanity to inflict the aforementioned, knows no colour, other than money. Which probably means that . .more

by Bram Fischer on March 18 2010, 15:15
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@Fred
Remember that blacks were disadvantage previously and i think you Afrikaaners must take responsibility ofwhat they've turned out to be .Criminals or Tenda pretenda it's all your fault.Maybe if they were given the luxury lives you used to live it would . .more

by Tebogo on March 18 2010, 23:48
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Mr Tebogo, the Boers do not owe you anything...
Mr Tebogo

I could not help reading your sentence ".....Criminals or Tenda pretenda it's all your fault. Maybe if they were given the luxury lives you used to live it would . .more have been a different case,but ...."

Now first of all, . .more

by JVR on March 19 2010, 03:43
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English Sout Africans
The Afrikaner or Boere people stem from European stettlers who had a common belief and therefore could merge into one group. They were formed over 350 years. They are discribed best by Sir Athur Conan Doyle in his history book titled The Great Boer War. . .more

by Martin on March 19 2010, 12:25
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Preliminary Conclusion...
Just reading the comments, one may come to the conclusion that we are still a "divided" bunch. The stirrings are there, but at this stage amongst the "wrong" group who has very little if any, insight into the real dilemma. People like Theseus and Alkie . .more

by Hercs on March 19 2010, 12:48
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Herca
You sound very intelligent.I have written those comment as a reaction to other comments.

But seeing you are so intelligent will you please answer this is.:

What happen to the money the apartheid goverment has given to the Black . .more

by alkie on March 19 2010, 14:31
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Tax payer UNion ( income tax)
Enough talk, start tax payers unions for income tax ASAP! How much longer do we have to fund terrorists?

by Koos on March 20 2010, 00:12
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DIE AGTERTREKKERS
Are trying to start their idiot road back to the days of apartheid,which is dead and buried forever,and can never return.South Africa is now a democracy,but in the wrong hands.,What they should think about is to have a change of mindset to join together . .more

by Karooseun on March 20 2010, 02:51
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English South Africans
I, as an english South African, am extremely concerned by the statements being made by political commentators on racial subjects. It is time for Afrikaners and English speakers to come together to fight against all this hate speech being said about us . .more

by Clifton Preacher on March 24 2010, 10:31
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southafrican
we should all stand united against these racists. forget about colour. we need to save our country

by jay on March 29 2010, 09:23
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DIE AGERTREKKERS
South Africa will never be a democracy,as long as the ANC is in government,,but the so called Afrikaners or Boers is the main problem for it to be a functional one with their believe that the are the chosen people and therefore need a seperate . .more

by Karooseun on April 12 2010, 02:04
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AFRIKANERS STEM VIR EIE VOLKSRAAD 2011
Afrikaners!! Please register and vote in next years afrikanervolksraad verkiesing. Go on to the website VVK and find out who is your registration officer. The election will be on the 20th and the 21st of May. Vote for your own people not for people not . .more

by Mike on April 13 2010, 09:40
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DIE AGTERTREKKERS
Mike your cause is a lost cause,we now have taken the road to democracy,but is being stalled by the ANC.But remember the words Eendrag maak mag?,you may dream about a ....afrikanervolsraad,to keep you happy,but I am certain that your dream will remain a . .more

by Karooseun on April 17 2010, 09:06
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boers
just like the zionists in isreal, the boer nationalists believe they are a chosen people who have a divine right to govern over everyone else. they cannot handle being subordinate to anyone of a different race and this is where the root of their vehement . .more

by frank on May 18 2010, 16:25
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Check the incentives of the salesman before you buy
Ask yourself a question - why would certain 'respected' individuals ostensibly be fighting for a language and division?
The answer is simple - what would happen to all those books written in Afrikaans, all the media houses with Afrikaans . .more

by Not gullible on May 21 2010, 06:58
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Cultural differences not Racism
If we compare the different ethnic groups in the make-up of South Africa we must notice that they are different. Only people that are vaguely related in their outlook can form a united front.
The cultures of the white and black people are too far . .more

by Charlie on June 07 2010, 09:17
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afrikaners
As the world's most inefffective "liberation army"of the twentieth century, the ANC (and in particular the SACP) always saw the negotiated settlement of 1994-6 as a useful temporary staging post, not as a done deal.

by witbooi on December 21 2010, 09:02
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The stark naked truth
First and foremeost, the white settlers from europe were never invited to Afrika at first place, they just happen to trespass or intrude the continent. Europeans saw Afrikans as mere donkeys to be taken to American countries as slaves, some were literally . .more

by Sithembiso Malusi Mahlaba on December 22 2010, 10:35
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