De La Rey: Hope from the Past for a South African Future

August 24, 2015

SAAn Afrikaans folk song about a Boer war general has risen from the fringes of the local rock music scene to a level of cultural anthem for young whites in South Africa. Its plea for the old military leader to return and lead the Afrikaners has rapidly disseminated among the 4.5 million white population in the so-called “rainbow nation.”

The song took the country by storm, which many see as the beginning of a new phase of reassertion of the Afrikaner national identity. But decades since the devastation of the white government we still can’t see a republic in South Africa. With an extremely high crime rate, slowly collapsing infrastructure, detrimental living and working conditions, and the planned demise of Afrikaners through slow-motion genocide, the country is steadily becoming a wreck.

In 1994, the soi-disant Apartheid ended in a social revolution that many expected to give rise to a free and prosperous state. Nelson Mandela, who Western bigots established as a “selfless freedom fighter,” was elected as the country’s first president. But to see the real Mandela, we must remember him without the rose-tinted glasses. A committed radical Marxist and Black Nationalist, self-styled Madiba, inspired by Castro’s 26th of July movement, founded Umkhonto we Sizwe (Spear of the Nation, abbreviated as MK) an armed terrorist group that carried out over 200 acts of public violence and terror, including the Church Street bombing that killed 19 civilians and wounded 217 others. Many innocent people, including women and children, were killed by MK’s fierce terrorist campaigns.


Picture of the 1983 Church Street bombing attack.

When discussing the life of Mr. Mandela, we must get the timeline in order. The prison gates were slammed on him in 1964 after pleading guilty to some 156 acts of terrorism, including planting bombs in public places and mobilizing terrorist campaigns targeting guiltless Afrikaner civilians. In 1985, he was offered a presidential pardon if he’d renounce violence; he did not. And even so, after 25 years behind bars he had been propagandized into a mythological hero, a “Black Messiah,” a poster image to hang on your wall, a figure worth writing songs about, build statues of, and name roads after. People were brainwashed to see a man with the same mystique as other heroes of media fiction.

The truth is – Mandela’s “saintly” visage and warm smiles concealed his violent past as a vengeful terrorist. Even the most transient examination of his history proves that this man never set out to become a “saint.” He is portrayed as a man of peace, yet was the initiator of ANC’s terrorist campaign and became its Commander-in-Chief whose sole function was to “direct and control the violence of the people.” And still, with careful guidance by the vast international Communist network, politicians and the media have opted to exaggerate Mandela’s image and his importance. The propaganda and its conspirators had won a resounding victory with his release from prison in 1990, a move that sent South Africa on a slippery slide to disaster.

Singing: “We pledge ourselves to kill them – kill the whites!” and symbolically clenching his fist in the “black power” salute (filmed here), just two years after being released from prison, Mandela with his “comrades” repeated the refrain to kill Boer farmers. Maybe not so ironic is the fact that Ronnie Kasrils, a Soviet trained terrorist, was the white man that stood next to him, similarly saluting and singing. Mandela’s record of extremism and violence cloaked in the imagery and uplift of civil rights propaganda mirrors daily life in the “new” South Africa; extremism and violence encircles the imperiled white Africans as the world carries on smiling and clapping along to Mandela’s myth of racial harmony and equality.


Afrikaner children playing outside a squatter camp.

Earlier this year, an online petition was started to “allow all white South Africans the right to return to Europe.” Though European politicians have ignored the demand, over 37,000 people have already given their support for the idea. I must admit that the concept of millions autochthonous Afrikaners who gave so much for their country to leave their native lands for some forgotten embryonic homeland is hard to take, but surely understandable. Very understandable even, given the fact that since the disposal of the white government, white people, especially commercial farmers, have been subjects to extremely brutal racist attacks and murders in a larger process of ethnic cleansing and oppression at the hands of the ANC government, the Economic Freedom Fighters, and various anti-white terrorist and militant groups.

Statistics show that, on average, 20 white people are killed in South Africa every day with 95% black-on-white murder rate. The issue on the farms is an emotional one, with most white farmers (that hold 87% of the commercial farm land) being targets to racially-motivated violence and attacks. With official statements claiming over 4,000 white farmers killed, and estimated another 7,000, the South African government is manifestly turning a blind eye on these statistics with no action plan to reduce the white murder rates.

AWB was better

Thokoza: AWB (Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging) was better than ANC (African National Council).

Even two decades after the end of Apartheid, the historic guilt is still shoved down the throats of young Afrikaners. A nation with a proud and rich heritage struggles to express a feeling of alienation from the new black-dominated South Africa, a country they built from the ground up, but no longer feel as home. Mandela and the ANC deserve full responsibility for this, their dream of a leftist political system played out to its logical conclusion – the decline of South Africa into criminality and wreckage. Even the excesses and abuses of the AWB and the Apartheid government did are forgivable in light of how Black rule has confirmed their worst fears.

Afrikaners are denied the right to self-identify, they’re denied the right of national pride, to promote their culture, and cultivate their heritage. An exaggerated and fictionalized guilt is harshly imposed on them and taken as an excuse for the biased treatment by the ANC. They’re scared out of the country with terrorist tactics and killed, as Afrikaner musician Steve Hofmeyr puts it, “like flies” on a daily basis. And on top of that, ANC politicians are still advocating for violent actions against the white minority that’s been deprived of any national rights since 1994. Even Robert Mugabe (the president of Zimbabwe), a few days ago, took a swipe at South Africa’s whites saying “the devil [within him] will emerge.”

Returning to my initial point, the new cultural rebirth of the Afrikaner identity calls SA’s white people to mobilize against oppressive blacks in general and the ANC government in particular. Today, Afrikaners try harder than ever to reclaim their national pride from the ashes of a crude state policy that excluded them for decades. But it’s becoming lucidly clear that if the current black supremacist system doesn’t eventually change, whites won’t see a future in South Africa. The country’s been put on a destructive path to failure, and, like it or not, the modern marvel that was pre-ANC South Africa – highly developed, with large skyscrapers, strong infrastructure and economy, and even a space program – is a far cry from the current handiwork by the Black nationalist movement that’s vindictively dismantling it.

The present state doesn’t reflect the values Afrikaners search for in a homeland they truly deserve. It makes me sincerely happy that the idea of a Volkstaat (an Afrikaner nation-state) is not just very much alive, but soaring. I don’t believe that Afrikaners would want to participate in South Africa’s steady decline, and the next outburst against them could prove a good thing, if anything. Such a situations would give the warrior people that are Afrikaners the reason to fight for a liberated homeland, a state where the Boers are once again free and prospering.

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