Volkstaat (Afrikaans for "People's state") is a proposal for the establishment of a homeland for Afrikaners. Outside a possible use of force, the South African Constitution and International Legislation present certain possibilities for the establishment of such a state. The South African regime declared that they would not support a Volkstaat, but "would do everything they could to ensure the protection of the Afrikaner language and culture". What a fine job they are doing.

Monday, November 06, 2006

How close South Africa came to "war" before Mandela

General Constand Viljoen reveals just how close SA came to war. By Max Du Preez on 03/24/2001

In 1993, former Freedom Front leader General Constand Viljoen mobilised between 50 000 and 60 000 armed Afrikaners in preparation for war with the ANC's armed wing, Umkhonto we Sizwe.

"We had computers in all centres with the details of all the men we knew we could really rely on," Viljoen said when he revealed this week for the first time just how close South Africa had come to a full-scale war.

In January 1994, although Viljoen had met with ANC leaders and made an informal agreement with them, Nelson Mandela made a public statement that the ANC would never allow the creation of a volkstaat.

"My own followers started pushing hard: they wanted an end to all talks, they wanted the war to start," said Viljoen. At a huge meeting of rightwingers in Pretoria on January 29 1994, people shouted him down and chanted: "We want war!"

'I knew it would lead to an enormous bloodbath'Viljoen then told the leadership: "You don't know what war is like. You don't understand the implications of war. If I can't say to myself, my God and my volk that war is the last way out, I will not make war.

"I am a militarist. I have experience of war. I knew that if we went over to military action, it would lead to an enormous bloodbath in South Africa. MK didn't waste their time - they had huge amounts of weapons stashed inside the country.

"It would have been a battle between us and the elements of the SADF that joined us, and MK and the remaining elements of the SADF. It would have been a bloody war."

And he was always reluctant about starting another boer war.

"I knew the price of war. It would have led to great suffering for my people and the other peoples in South Africa. It would have meant a disaster in the economy, and it would probably have lead to international interference.

I said, 'We are going to register for the elections. Today.'"And then came the AWB gemors. We ordered Eugene Terre'Blanche to pull out [of Bophuthatswana], but he ignored us. His men behaved very badly. They drove into Mmabatho hurling hand grenades and shooting people.

"The anger in Mmabatho led to a mutiny, and the arms which the Bop army had to issue to my forces were handed out to the public. When my forces asked for their firearms, they were told they had been stolen. I had to pull back all my men to the airport. It was a damn disaster. I told my men to go home.

"But the effect it had on me was very important. I suddenly realised that I would find it very difficult to conduct a complicated military operation under these fluid circumstances without plunging the country into wholescale war.

"I knew for certain then that the political strategy was the only one left.

"I phoned the Mulder brothers from Mmabatho and said, 'We are going to register for the elections. Today.' It was now the only way. In that sense Mmabatho was a very important turning point."



At 9:21 PM, Blogger Ratel said...

I read an interesting article written by the editor of AfricanCrisis.org in which it was stated that the USA had made provision to invade SA in 1994, in the event that the transition from apartheid to "democracy" would be prevented by right-wing violence/war. Having read this blog, I firmly believe Viljoen must have known this, that's why he prevented an all out war. Imagine the yankee sailing his navy into Table Bay, to side with black South Africa. Unthinkable? Think again! The greedy United States of America and their CIA were the prime movers in the handing over of our country to the primitives. I p~ss on the USA today. Them and their sh~t yankee dollars bought the transfer of our South Africa into what it is today.

At 10:29 PM, Blogger Rooi Jan said...

There were some talk in the old SA about becoming the 51st American state. There was a joke about declaring war on Ronald Reagan and surrendering as soon as the first aircraft carrier appeared on the horizon!

The sun is setting on the American empire. Just look at their troubles in Iraq.


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