Press Conference on the Afrikaner Struggle for Autonomy
April 6, 2011
Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO)
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.
UNPO 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. Shocking images were displayed 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.
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.
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 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. 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. 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.
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Probe ANC for genocide: the hague petition
Wednesday, 6 April 2011
The Hague, The Netherlands. April 5, 2011. Mr Paul Kruger, the convenor and legal counsel of the Boer-Afrikaner Nation's Volksraadsverkiesingskomitee (VVK), walked into the International Criminal Court in The Hague on Tuesday-afternoon and handed in a formal genocide-complaint against the Government of the Republic of South Africa and the African National Congress Party on behalf of the non-political, non-profit cultural ‘Verkenner’ movement.
The formal complaint, lodged by the cultural Verkenner movement, was formally accepted by an ICC official.
Mr Kruger said the formal request was lodged on behalf of the entire Boer Afrikaner Nation by a non-political, non-profit cultural organisation - the Verkenner Movement of SA.
The cultural organisation asks the ICC in its petition to formally launch a thorough investigation into a charge of genocide against the ruling African National Congress party and the Government of South Africa.
Earlier that day, Mr Kruger had also held a press conference at the Unrepresented Nations' and Peoples' Organisation (UNPO) nearby, highlighting the growing plight of his people. (link) He is currently touring northern Europe to talk to representatives of human-rights organisations, international organisations such as UNPO, the news media and government officials. He will visit Belgium on Wednesday and was in Germany last week.
On the same day, it was also announced that the civil-rights movement Afriforum is also taking ANC youth leader Julius Malema to battle at the United Nations over his genocidal hatespeech campaign against the Boer-Afrikaner nation:
The ICC-complaint lodged in The Hague on Friday provided several hundred pages of exploratory documentation for the ICC to peruse. It is only the start of the investigation process: there now will be a liaison-procedure created between the ICC and the complainants in South Africa to assist in the investigation.
The petition noted that 'specific experts amongst the international community have already acknowledged and warned that a genocide is being conducted against the complainants - namely the Boer-Afrikaner nation. "
“Both accused parties (the ANC and the SA government) are not only creating a climate of violence in which such a racism-driven genocide can take place, but we also allege that the accused two parties also support it; and moreover are undertaking no specific steps to end the genocide against the complaint-nation.'
The Boer-Afrikaner nation is universally recognised as an individual nation with a unique ethnic-cultural culture, which is based on European origin but is rooted in Afrika, and primarily live within the legal borders of the Republic of South Africa, it was noted.
‘One-million Boer-Afrikaners already fled from the genocide being conducted:’
The document submits that more than one-million of the Boer-Afrikaners have already fled from the country of their birth to many other foreign states to flee from the genocide being conducted against them. (picture: map and graph of number of attacks between January 2011 to March 31 2011.
"The political party which currently rules South Africa - the African National Congress - gained hegemony 17 years ago, in 1994. And while the international community describes it as a 'de jure democracy' because elections are held every five years, the ANC-rule rather is a 'de facto dictatorship' which due to the overwhelming race-driven black-majority block-voting, disallows any meaningful participation or influence on the electoral process by the Boer-Afrikaner nation.
In the past four decades the now ruling party of South Africa and its front-organisations carried out and/or approved of acts of murder, torture, arson and terrorism and thus created an insane ‘culture of violence across the entire spectrum of society.”
“In the international area, the ruling ANC's gruesome reign of terrorism has been largely ignored while it was being supported as a 'freedom movement'. And such double-standards currently allow the ANC to maintain its culture of violence and its terrorism against the population of South Africa, in the apparent belief that the international community will continue to ignore such violence.”
“The Boer-Afrikaner has for the past decades, become a marginalised population-group which is being demonised in every possible way, through the government-controlled public newsmedia (SABC); through its educational curriculum, and through every other possible means, including all employers and business-owners being forced to hire blacks, while at the same time denying Boer-Afrikaners every opportunity to survive economically – thus forcing hundreds-of-thousands of Boer-Afrikaners into squatter-camps, and also forcing them to leave the country of their birth in search of a better environment.'
The document submits many examples of ‘the ANC-regime's willful, methodical and systematic physical elimination of the Boer-Afrikaner nation' including through violent means'. The document also submits that the 'overwhelming number of murderers of whites in South Africa are blacks; that very few whites are killed by other whites; and that very few whites kill blacks except in self-defence."
“The cumulative effect of all these policies and laws and activities by the Government of South Africa and by the ruling African National Congress party are having 'the cumulative effect of a genocide' being perpetuated against the Boer-Afrikaner nation'.
The document points out that the ruling party and the government of South Africa have not only failed in their 'duty of care for the protection of the Boer-Afrikaner nation' but that their demonisation campaign of the Boer-Afrikaner nation also uses hatespeech slogans and music which deliberately incites blacks in South Africa to kill members of the Boer-Afrikaner nation'.
The two accused parties also show a 'deliberate failure to take any specific steps to reduce the extraordinarily-high murder-percentage targetting the Boer-Afrikaner nation.'
The document also points to the deliberate disarming of the Boer-Afrikaner nation through rigid gun-control laws which severely interfere with the ability of the people to defend themselves with personal weapons while at the same time ‘many thousands of firearms disappear each year while under the control of the SA Police Service and other government-controled bodies'.
Many examples of race-driven violent actions, hatespeech incidents and terror-style attacks targetting many members of Boer-Afrikaner nation also were provided. However, Mr Kruger said this was only the first step in the process: upon his return to South Africa his organisation would continue to collect evidence through its ongoing “Projek 2010’ evidence-gathering project.
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