1914 Germany Afrikaner farmer Agreement, and now the Afrikaners fear post-Mandela ‘night of the long knives’. Thats Whites from South Africa for those that didn't know!
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Afrikaners fear post-Mandela ‘night of the long knives’
South Africa’s whites-only town, OraniaWELCOME to Orania, South Africa: a whites-only enclave established in 1991 during the dying years of apartheid.The town in the sparsely populated Karoo region is inhabited only by Afrikaners.
These descendants of Dutch-speaking migrants who arrived in South Africa in 1652 with Jan van Riebeeck, now make up six percent of the “Rainbow Nation’s” population.
But they make up 100 per cent of rural Orania.
It was the Afrikaners who formed the backbone of the National Party that introduced apartheid, and many South Africans regard Orania’s residents as little more than latter-day bittereinders – term used for Boer War holdouts – who rage against today’s majority rule.
Perhaps ironically, Orania’s existence is protected under article 235 of South Africa’s Constitution which ensures right to self-determination.
The legislation was adopted after the end of apartheid, following years of fighting against the system of separate homelands for native blacks.
“This republic is growing,” proclaimed Quintin Diederichs, a former rugby player who became a resident three years ago.
“We have fifty companies that we have created with our own hands,” said Diederichs.
But beneath the seemingly safe and secure environment lurks paranoia, some residents believe that one day blacks might turn against them.
A waiter at a bar said that he fears “black South Africans will kill all white people” when peace icon Nelson Mandela dies.
The 94-year-old who was jailed by the apartheid regime became the country’s first black president in 1994.
Upon his release from prison in 1990 he preached reconciliation and non-racialism.
Orania is probably not what the revered statesman envisaged for a new South Africa.
To criticise Mandela in these days is a subversive act, as politically contrarian as declining to wear a poppy on Remembrance Sunday is in Britain. The country’s first black president, already immortalised with statues, on bridges and on banknotes, is the subject of rolling eulogies on television and radio channels and he will be prayed for at church services up and down the country on Sunday.
But scratch the surface and among white South Africans – about 9% of the population – there is a mosaic of views. Many have flocked to Mandela’s home in the upmarket Johannesburg suburb of Houghton to lay flowers and shed tears. The great majority of Afrikaners (white peoples of predominantly Dutch, German and French Huguenot ancestry) interviewed by the Observer in Benoni, a former gold-mining town east of Johannesburg, expressed sorrow at his loss and admiration for his ability to bridge the nation’s racial divide.
But several also spoke of a deep-rooted fear that Mandela’s death could dismantle the social pact of 1994 and lead to persecution, or worse, of the white minority. And a small fraction echoed the views of the marginal rightwingers who yearn to rekindle racial apartheid.
“I didn’t agree with any of his opinions or statements on things,” said Smit, walking through Benoni’s nondescript town center with his girlfriend. “In general, I would say the country is not better than it was in 1994. It’s much worse. Crime is just ridiculous, healthcare is terrible now – you can’t use public systems any more – and the roads are bad. The poor are still poor and life for the middle class has gone backwards.”
And the rainbow nation? “There’s still a division between the races in this country. You go to any function and see the people are split. I have some black friends, but 99% of my friends are white because we share the same culture.” >>more<<