5 Apr 2011 Press Conference on the Afrikaner Struggle for Autonomy
http://bit.ly/gZ8UyM - THE HAGUE, The Netherlands. - On Tuesday 5 April 2011 UNPO attended a press conference of Mr. Paul Kruger, chairman of the 'Afrikaner Volksraad Verkiesing Kommissie' (VVK), on the ongoing struggle of the Afrikaners to preserve their culture and gain autonomy.
UNHCR conference in Kenya: concerned about lack of leadership in South Africa:
Also this week, the Afriforum civil rights movement spokesman Ernst Roets addressed a UNHCR-conference in Nairobi, Kenya – slamming the ruling African National Congress party’s youth leader Julius Malema for his genocidal hatespeech targetting Boer-Afrikaners.
Afrikaners always welcome at UNPO:
UNPO said in its media statement that it “has been supporting the Afrikaners in their quest for self-determination since 2008, when the Freedom Front Plus (FF+) became one of our Members. The VVK (literally: Peoples Council Elections Commission) is not affiliated to the FF+, but nevertheless UNPO was pleased to provide the VVK with a place to explain their agenda, as we believe that extra attention to the Afrikaner cause is always welcome.
The press conference started with a movie about the history of the Afrikaners, beginning at the time of the arrival of the Dutch East India Company at the Cape in 1652 and continuing to the present day. The movie gave special attention to the situation of the Afrikaners since the end of white rule in South Africa in 1994.
murder rate on Afrikaners 200 times higher than in Europe:
Shocking images were shown of murdered Afrikaners - graphically showing how the very high murder rate in South Africa hits particularly the Boers extremely hard, with the murder rate on Afrikaners more than two hundred times higher than that in Europe for example. Picture album: Boer Genocide: also: https://picasaweb.google.com/Censorbugbear/BoerGenocide#5592405651151629154
After the movie ended Mr. Kruger spoke about the current political and economic situation in South Africa. According to him, 17 years of African National Party (ANC)-rule has brought the country little benefits, with unemployment and crime rocketing and the Boer community politically and culturally marginalized. Mr. Kruger indicated that the only way to save the Afrikaner culture is far reaching autonomy.
Elections to form a Volksraad (Boer-Afrikaner Peoples Council)
The VVK wants to achieve this through peaceful negotiations with the ANC. This can however only be done when the ANC has a single representative Afrikaner body to talk to and such a body does not yet exist.
For this reason, Mr. Kruger explained, the VVK wants to hold (non-party-political) elections to form a Volksraad (or Peoples Council) that can negotiate with the ANC for an autonomous region (or independent state) for the Afrikaners in South Africa.
When such a negotiating process fails, the chosen Volksraad could make an appeal to the international community for assistance in the Afrikaner struggle for the recognition of the right to self-determination.
South Africa big enough to harbour more than one state:
Regarding the practical problems encountered when having to form an autonomous region for a people living as dispersed as the Afrikaners, Mr. Kruger explained that in his view South Africa is big enough to harbour more than one state, the Afrikaner state would not have to consist of one contiguous part and and especially the Northern Cape province is so sparsely populated that it would be quite easy to establish an autonomous region.
After the explanation of the goals of the VVK there was time for questions. To start with Mr. Mike Corder from the Associated Press asked ‘how big the VVK thinks the chances are that the ANC will cooperate with the founding of an autonomous region or independent state for the Afrikaners’. Mr. Kruger replied that he considers President Jacob Zuma to be ‘quite sympathetic to Afrikaners demands and is positive about the outcome of eventual negotiations with the ANC’.
‘ Afrikaners have to live with a blemished image: but that can never be a reason for murder ’Following that Mr. Corder asked Mr. Kruger if he thought that, considering the legacy of Apartheid, the international community will be sympathetic to ‘white’ demands for land in Africa. Mr. Kruger answered a blemished image is something the Afrikaners have to live with, but that that can never be a reason for murder. He added to that the Afrikaner community has been living in Southern Africa for much longer than Australia’s European community and can therefore be considered to be an indigenous African community.
After that there was a more specific discussion about the area in South Africa that the VVK believes the Afrikaners should strive to obtain as an autonomous area. Mr. Kruger supported the Orania project of Mr. Karel Boshoff, but lamented the lack of public consultation for the project, which he pointed out as one of the reasons for the small amount of Afrikaners that immigrated to Orania.
Mr. Kruger said he is in favour of a relatively small territory in South Africa, because that will improve the chances of agreement with the ANC and also means that a truly Afrikaner community is possible -- but wants the Afrikaner people to decide on that via a referendum.The meeting was concluded with some words of thanks and an interesting informal discussion about the future of the Boer in South Africa.
Afriforum civil-rights movement’s Ernst Roets slams ANC-regime over its policy of demonisation of the Boer-Afrikaners and its inciting hatespeech at the UN-HCR expert workshop on the prohibition of incitement to National, Racial or Religious Hatred, Kenya:
Malema’s hatespeech hearing starts April 11 2011, Johannesburg High Court‘Delegates also expressed their concern of the situation in South Africa’
April 6 2011 – NAIROBI, KENYA – AfriForum civil rights movement addressed a conference of the United Nations' (UN) human rights council regarding Julius Malema's genocidal hatespeech, Shoot the Boer, Kill the Boer and others...
Mr Roets said ‘other delegates at the conference also expressed their concern over the situation in South Africa and said that the hatespeech hearing of Julius Malema which starts on 11 April 2011 in the South Gauteng High Court should pave the way for peaceful co-existence in South Africa.
Ernst Roets, Deputy CEO of AfriForum, informed the conference of Malema's argument that ‘South Africa's history gives him carte blanche to sings songs that incite hatred towards whites” -- even though Malema's followers belong to the post-1994 youth and the ANC became the ruling party 17 years ago.
Lack of political leadership in South Africa:
In reaction to this, Doudou Diène, the conference moderator and the UN's former Spécial Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related forms of intolerance, said that racial tension and intolerance in South Africa are problems that require attention.
Other delegates added that there is a lack of political leadership in Southern Africa. Special reference was also made to racist statements made by Zimbabwean president, Robert Mugabe, and the fact that other leaders are not prepared to take him to task over it. The conference was on April6-7 2011. Its theme: “the prevention of incitement to hatred on the grounds of nationality, race and religion.”
Statement issued by Ernst Roets, Deputy CEO: AfriForum, April 6 2011 http://www.afriforum.co.za
Flemish MP asks for Belgian government- and Euro-parliament probe into the genocide targetting the Boer-Afrikaner nation.