Minister of Environmental Affairs & Tourism
Marthinus Van Schalkwyk
Premier of Western Cape Province (21 June 2002 - 28 April 2004)
Minister of Environmental Affairs &
Tourism of the Republic of South Africa (29 April 2004 - 10 May 2009)
Marthinus Van Schalkwyk is well known as the last leader of the National Party, before it imploded, pathetically, into the ANC. Below follows a short biography of the man who betrayed his colleagues, his constituents, the Afrikaner people and democracy in South Africa. He chose his own lowly interests over those of the people he promised to protect. He sold out his own kin. There is no lower thing.
As a young man Marthinus Van Schalkwyk had been chairman and a founding member of an organisation called “Jeugkrag”, which painted itself as an organization for Afrikaner youth disenchanted with the Establishment. Jeugkrag broke ranks with the NP and had even met the exiled ANC. It would later emerge, however, that while he was leading his supposedly independent youth movement, he was securing secret state funding for it. And, without the knowledge of fellow Jeugkrag leaders, he himself was on the government payroll. He was working as a double agent from the start, lying to his colleagues. If I had worked with this guy I would have punched him in the throat. A man with no principles and even less conviction.
In 1990, Van Schalkwyk was doing all he could to tie himself to De Klerk – then leader of the NP and President of South Africa, and by 1997 he had management to wiggle his way to the top of the shitpile. “Kortbroek” – as was his nickname amongst hardliners because of his sycophantic subservience - was chosen as leader of the NP for the 1999 general elections. At this time the National Party (or to be precise, the NNP at that stage) had the stated goal of being meaningful opposition to the ANC Leviathan.
There was a popular urge for such a situation, and the NP was more successful than expected. And on an even more positive note, it had formed an alliance with the Democratic Party in 2000, which effectively gave them control over the Western Cape Province.
More than a million ordinary South Africans had put their trust in Marthinus to do as he promised. The people tasked him, gave him the mandate, to try keep the corruption inherent in one-party systems at bay. Yet in 2001 Marthinus had his National Party break off from the Alliance, and entered into talks with the ANC. The discussions first lead to a ‘cooperation agreement’ between the ANC and the NP, but soon events took a more fundamentally tragic turn. The ANC offered Marthinus a ministerial position and in return for aligning the NP completely with the ANC. Marthinus took the miserly whore-money, disenfranchised a million citizens, and handed the hard won Western Cape over to the ANC. In August 2004 it was announced that Van Schalkwyk was disbanding the NP and would afterwards become a member of the ANC.
This was the ANC’s grandest moment. How they must have chuckled.
Marthinus van Schalkwyk
New National Party (NNP)
New National Party (NNP)
Marthinus van Schalkwyk, 39, has been a longtime National and New National Party member.
He was a political science lecturer at universities in Johannesburg and Stellenbosch.
In 1990 he was elected to parliament and has been deeply involved since. Van Schalkwyk and his party hope to bring together all South Africans into the new political environment "based on proven core values and Christian norms and standards."
In 1997, Van Schalkwyk was appointed executive director of the NNP. Later that year, he became party leader. His predecessor was F.W. de Klerk, who has now retired from politics.
NNP Party Profile
Polls indicate that the New National Party currently places a distant second or third to the African National Congress (ANC). The NNP labels itself as eager to confront the key issues facing South Africa today - and always willing to battle them with the ANC.
The NNP, however, has some image-building to do before it can attract certain voting blocks. The "New National Party" is the same "National Party" that decades ago invented the word "apartheid." Now it describes itself as the party that initiated democracy.
The NNP was the ruling party in South Africa for 46 years. Now, as support has dwindled, some party leaders are defecting to others, such as the Democratic Party or the ANC.
Van Schalkwyk and company have sold out their voters for political positions.
In the business world Van Schalkwyk's betrayal of his mandate would have resulted in his dismissal by shareholders.
Informally, he is referred to by his detractors as kortbroek (lit. "short pants"), a name he earned because of his boyish appearance and lack of political experience when compared to his predecessor, F.W. de Klerk.
A significant part of the white Afrikaner population views him as a weak politician who destroyed the old National Party in order to rescue hisown political skin by marrying the NNP with its old opposition, the ruling ANC.
He was however one of the few nationalist politicians who remained active in politics after the decline of the National Party and took a high profile like FW de Klerk did with the coming into being of the Rainbow Nation in 1994.