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

Will English-speakers join a Volkstaat?

Anton Barnard from PRAAG on the subject of English-speaking whites in the volkstaat.

The ruling Xhosa Nostra are determinedly English-speaking, to the extent that I suspect they are secretly ashamed of their mother tongue.

Be that as it may. Let's for a moment leave aside the atrocities committed against the Boers by the British in the Anglo-Boer war of a century and more ago, and let's never underestimate the feelings of hatred that the concentration camps and genocide perpetrated by the British still arouse. Let's rather concentrate on the modern-day white English-speakers who live in the strange conglomeration of different nations, but without any sense of nationhood, called South Africa.

The Afrikaners have long suffered prejudice at the hands of English-speaking whites, rather than the other way around. I still remember the taunts of "stupid Dutchman" from my youth, and even today English- speaking radio presenters are fond of mocking Afrikaners for their accents. Too many English whites, some of Eugene TerreBlanche's supporters are a caricature of Afrikaners - stupid, fat, alcoholic, backward, khaki-wearing racists.

It was English-speaking South Africans who were in general much more in favour of transformation in the old South Africa, compared to Afrikaners, with student politics at Wits and UCT being decidedly more radical and left-wing than at Tuks, for example. Nobody thought it strange if a white English-speaker supported the Struggle, rich Northern Suburbs-bored-housewife supporters of the Black Sash being a case in point. When an Afrikaner supported the Struggle, it was highly unusual and such a person gained instant notoriety - Bram Fischer and Beyers Naude, for example.

And yet, the New-South African joke is squarely at the expense of English-speaking whites. The worst fears of Afrikaners are starting to materialize in the form of rampant racial discrimination, disguised as "transformation", "employment equity" and "black empowerment".

The supreme irony is that the naïve English-speakers who believed that Africa was going to embrace the principles of liberal democracy, social justice and minority rights they had in mind, are also feeling the exact same heat when applying for a job as Afrikaners do. They are also being murdered by gangs of thugs produced by the very revolution which a lot of them actively supported - Michaela Rawstorne was not an Afrikaner. When the Pan-Africanist Students Movement of Azania (PASMA) demonstrated recently in Pretoria, they chanted, "Kill all whites - English and Afrikaans". To the ANC's Africanists and other black racists, a white is a white is a white, English or Afrikaans-speaking, and whites need to be "transformed" into oblivion.

I would venture that English-speaking whites are not only in the same boat as their Afrikaner compatriots in terms of experiencing racism, ANC-style, but that they are, in fact, worse off. Look at the clumsy term "English-speaking South African", as compared to "Afrikaner", for example. The very fact that there is no collective name for English-speaking South Africans, says a lot about their lack of identity.

They are not English or British, and many of them have been in South Africa for generations. But they are clearly not South African either, at least not to the racially obsessed ANC, not having nearly enough pigmentation to be acceptable in the twisted new paradigm of forced domination by means of demographic swamping. There are few people Thabo Mbeki despises more than Tony Leon, for example.

There is not a very clearly discernible white English-South African culture either. Many of the ways in which they would distinguish themselves from, say, an Australian, are actually reflections or a pale imitation of Afrikaner culture.

What are the choices facing English-speaking South Africans, then? There are probably only three. The first, which many have chosen, along with admittedly a lot of Afrikaners, is emigration to a suitably lily-white Anglo-Saxon country. The second is to try and live with the monstrous regime they were instrumental in creating in South Africa. Due to the blatant racism practised by the ANC, this means internal emigration, hiding from crime behind packs of dogs and electric fences, a lowering of expectations in the workplace and generally keeping a low profile.

The third option, which I don't think would sound very appealing to most white English-speakers, would be to join forces with or even become Afrikaners, in order to free themselves from the oppression of the ANC. The only practical, long-term way of doing this, is self-governance by whites in their own country, homeland or Volkstaat, if you prefer. Many of them would, however, object that globalization means that English is the lingua franca of the planet, and becoming Afrikaners would disadvantage them in terms of being denizens of the Global Village.

If anybody is going to make a "Volkstaat" a success, however, it will be Afrikaners. You need a "volk" to make a Volkstaat, and English-speaking whites can clearly not be described as a nation. Perhaps some English-speakers would say to themselves that it is better to have your children taught in schools with real standards, to live in a safe neighbourhood, and to get something for your tax money, but then have to speak Afrikaans, than it is to face the bleak Africanist nightmare of a second Zimbabwe.

These people may then become Afrikaners in a Volkstaat. But I'm not holding my breath that there will be many of them.



At 11:21 PM, Blogger Ratel said...

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At 10:57 AM, Blogger Joe said...

Don't worry. I doubt whether there are any significant number of English-speaking South Africans who would want to live in your volkstaat.

They'd probably be made to do the dishes and mow the lawn like the Afrikaner plebs do in Orania. But mainly they wouldn't want to live in your volkstaat for the same reason most Afrikaners also don't want to live there.

It's not socially or economically viable, it's would probably be in the Orania-desert vicinity and you've got a snowball's chance in hell of ever achieving a volkstaat under an ANC government in any event.

Your sneering remarks regarding English-speaking South Africans and their pro-reform attitude during apartheid don't deserve a response. However, I am tempted. The fact is there was no alternative to democratic reform, to embracing a globally recognised culture of human rights and a liberal constitution which places the individual at the centre of society.

Rather, the alternative could not even be contemplated: a civil war between white and black, similar to that in Rhodesia with the same devastating affect, especially in regards the position of minorities in such a society.

Also there was the factor of right and wrong: it simply wasn't morally justifiable to deny equal human creations of God equal oppertunities in their country of birth. And don't try decide for them, what was good for them or not. They aren't sub-species of human as some of you would suggest.

Thank goodness God graced South Africa with a leader of FW de Klerk's pragmatism and acumen! Was it not for his reform initiatives and the 1992 referendum, the transition to democratic rule in South Africa would have taken a bloody and revolutionary form that would not have included a Bill of Rights, a Constitutional Court or any of the other constitutional checks and balances he negotiated with the ANC.

But don't blame English-speaking South Africans for democratic change, most of whom don't regard themselves as being part of some exclusive cultural community but rather as individual members of the global English-speaking community. Afrikaners gave the decisive "yes" to De Klerk's reforms: they voted for change in the referendum and they supported the NP throughout and even after the constitutional negotiations. After the demise of the NP the vast majority switched their allegiance to the DA, a party whose loyalty lies with the constitutional order.

A last though. If crime, racial preference and the ANC's perversion of our constitutional principles become to extreme to contemplate a future for their children, progressive Afrikaners and English-speakers will rather join the South Africa Diaspora in Perth, London, Long Island, Toronto and so forth instead of opting for a decrepit, backward volkstaat.


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