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Tuesday, 27 March 2012

The Purposeful Omission of a Distinct Nation.

The main reason as to why a lot of folks are not aware that the Boers are a distinct nation from the bulk of the Afrikaners is due to the fact that it was not quite taught at school as the following excerpt notes that the era preceding the British occupation of the Cape was basically omitted / not considered "important" & totally glossed over in order to present an erroneous monolithic language based group.

Quote: [ For Afrikaners the century between the British occupation of the Cape in 1806 and the execution of Jopie Fourie in December 1914 was the period of revelation. During that era, God made known His will for the Afrikaner people. Prior to that period events were unimportant except to the extent that they delineated a scant "myth of origin". ] From: the second page of The Rise of Afrikanerdom: Power, Apartheid, and the Afrikaner Civil Religion. T. Dunbar Moodie.

The era preceding the British occupation of the Cape was omitted no doubt as it would have exposed the true distinct origin of the Boer people & would have shattered the "myth of origin" that the Afrikaners were expropriating for themselves. Notice that the Afrikaners expropriated a lot of Boer history of the 19th cent but deftly refrained from talking much about the era prior. Authors like P. J. van der Merwe / Roger Beck / Brian Du Toit / Sheila Patterson / Oliver Ransford & others note how the Boers were formed on the Cape frontier. The Afrikaners of the 20th cent also expropriated some of this frontier history as well [ seeing as how the mid 20th cent definition of an Afrikaner was a coalition of Cape Dutch & Boer ] but the Afrikaner establishment totally obscured the fact that this particular history had nothing to do with most of their ancestors: the Cape Dutch - a then hidden term - as it belonged to the Boer Nation.

Monday, 26 March 2012

The Boers Documented as Distinct Nation.

The Boers are a distinct people / nation from the bulk of the Afrikaner population.

Quote: [ More and more Boers followed the pioneers into the interior where conditions suited them so well that they experienced a minor population explosion and formed the nucleus of a new nation. They were as nomadic as the Hottentots, or as the antelope they hunted. Trekking for them became a way of life. ]

The distinct nature of the Boers from the bulk of the Afrikaners was noted in Chapter One of: The Great Trek by Oliver Ransford with the above quote. Now if the Boers are supposedly part of the "same" nation as the Cape Dutch then one would expect that Cape Town would be the "nucleus" of this nation. The fact that the Trekboers of the Cape frontiers became / formed the "nucleus of a new nation" & also had "a population explosion" DEMONSTRATES that the Boers are a distinct people / group from the Cape Dutch whom the Boers moved away from starting 150 years before the Great Trek.

Quote: [ Trekboers certainly recognized the differences in language, religion, etc. between themselves and the British. They had certainly developed a way-of-life and a set of values that were distinctive, but they were also significantly different from people of Dutch descent in the western province areas of the Cape. The latter regarded the Trekboers as rather wild, semi-barbarous frontiersmen and the sense of common identity was limited and incomplete. The westerners followed the Trek with interest and probably with a good deal of sympathy, but they certainly did not see the trekkers as the saviours of some mystical Afrikaner ‘nation’.]

From: Professor Wallace Mills. The Great Trek.

The Boers themselves recognized themselves as distinct from the Cape Dutch population.

Quote: [ This is a history of the Afrikaner peoples... The book highlights the distinctions between the settled bourgeois Afrikaner of the urbanized western Cape and the traditional Boer farmer of the plateau and examines the tensions within the Afrikaner community as well as its historically troubled relations with others, including Africans, Cape Coloreds and European powers. ]

From: The Afrikaners: an historical interpretation. Godfrey Hugh Lancelot Le May.

Notice how it states Afrikaner peoples plural thereby dispelling the erroneous notion of "one Afrikaner Nation" as a particular anti-Boer propagandist liked to assert in the past despite the on ground reality of the situation. That particular individual had a grand old time attacking myself over the basic points & observations made in the above excerpted quote. Quite a lot of folks have long since stressed that there are two distinct Caucasian Afrikaans speaking groups. To deny this is to consign Boer self determination to oblivion as it automatically shifts the demographic weight against the Boer segment & vests it within the hands of the those descended from the Cape Dutch population.

Quote: [ What divided the two segments of the Afrikaner people was a difference in culture between the relatively sophisticated Cape Dutchman, literate, urbanized and in touch with Europe, and the rough-hewed Boer. ]

From: Page 33. The Afrikaners: an historical interpretation. By Godfrey Hugh Lancelot Le May.

Of course it should be noted that the notion of an Afrikaner people was started by a few Cape Dutch intellectuals [ & curiously two Dutch individuals! ] in the late 19th cent at a time when the Boers were long since independent within their hard won Boer Republics. Curiously the movement on the part of the Cape Dutch to establish [ or rather to propagate the notion of ] a pan White Afrikaans based Afrikaner people only started after the discovery of gold & diamonds within the Boer Republics. Coincidence? Not likely as there was hardly any interest in the Boer people nor of the notion of any sort of pan White Afrikaans speaking monolithic [ sic ] entity called "Afrikaner" prior. The Cape Dutch were among those who ridiculed the Boers for wanting to escape British imperialism during the era of the Great Trek.

Quote: [ In speaking of an emerging Afrikaner political consciousness we must be careful not to ignore the social differences and economic cleavages existing among the late eighteenth century White population at the Cape. From the outset Afrikaner political thinking was not the unified product of an undifferentiated group consciousness, but tended to reflect the social differences and economic cleavages which existed within the settler community at large. The most obvious differences were between the settled colonists of the south western Cape enjoying an established community life, and the isolated cattle farmers of the interior. Politically the dominant group was the former: a small, fairly prosperous bourgeoisie, consisting of top government officials (some born at the Cape), the monopolists and entrepreneurs of Cape Town, and a few wealthy wine and wheat farmers who lived on large farms resembling feudal manors, employed white foremen and owned many slaves. ]

From: Page 4 & 5. Afrikaner Political Thought: 1780-1850. By André Du Toit, Hermann Buhr Giliomee.

Quote: [ The term Afrikaner for White[people]s was first used early in the eighteenth century, but it had to vie with designations like burgher, Christian, Dutchmen and Boer. For the period 1652 to approximately 1875 this book mostly uses burgher for a White person who spoke Dutch or Afrikaans; for the history after 1875 it employs the term Afrikaner, although it was not until the mid twentieth century that the term was reserved for white Afrikaans speakers. ]

From: The Afrikaners: biography of a people. By Hermann Buhr Giliomee.

Giliomee admits that the term Afrikaner was not reserved for White Afrikaans speakers until the mid 20th cent. Furthermore he omits mentioning the fact that the Boers are a specific people who are descended from the Trekboers. A term he curiously & tellingly does not mention - at least not here. He obviously hopes that by using clever tricks as he did in the first sentence quoted above that he can distract & gloss over the more significant bifurcation which occurred circa 1700 which gave birth to the Boer people leaving behind the Cape Dutch: who were the ones who appropriated & popularized the term Afrikaner to describe themselves before they co-opted & Colonized the Boer Nation.

Quote: [ The Boers had a tradition of trekking. Boer society was born on the frontiers of white settlement and on the outskirts of civilization. As members of a frontier society they always had a hinterland, open spaces to conquer, territory to occupy. Their ancestors had moved away from the limiting confines of Cape society to settle the eastern frontier. In time this location became too restricted, and individuals and families moved north across the Orange River. ]

From: The Boers in East Africa: Ethnicity and Identity. Brian M. Du Toit. Page 1.

Quote: [ The Boer was born in isolation on the veld and out of the turmoil and danger of the expanding frontier. ]

From: The Last Trek: A Study of the Boer People and the Afrikaner Nation. Sheila Patterson. Page 278.

Quote: [ The Dutch Church in the Cape offered no blessing to those who trekked. The Church was part of the establishment and gave its support to the government of the day even if it was British. Between the [ Ron edit: Harrison insipidly uses the incorrect term Boer when he was talking about the Cape Dutch in this instance ] who lived comfortably on their fertile farms in the Western Cape and the restless frontiersmen [ Ron edit: ie the Boers ] five hundred miles away to the east there were already differences. The trek would make them even greater. ]

From: The White Tribe of Africa. David Harrison. Page 15.

This was the only hint of the Boers being distinct from the Cape Dutch from Harrison as he went on to parrot Afrikaner Broederbond propaganda which conflated the two or simply neglected the historical record. Even Giliomee admits that the term Boer was only ever used to describe the folks of the Cape frontier.

Quote: [ In March 1901, just as Kitchener's troops begin to bring tens-of-thousands of "refugees" into the camps, Liberal members of Parliament C.P Scott and John Ellis took up the attack on the camp system and first used the term "concentration camp." [Hansard XC, March 1 1901]. Secretary for war Brodrick replied that the camps were "voluntary" and that inmates went as refugees (which was in some cases true, but not most). Pakenham describes the events in South Africa and this moment: in order to break the stalemate K. initiated plans to "flush out guerrillas in a series of sytematic drives, organized like a sporting shoot, with success defined in a weekly 'bag' of killed, captured and wounded, and to sweep the country bare of everything that could give sustenance to the guerrillas, including women and children. . . . It was the clearance of civilians - uprooting a whole nation that would come to dominate the last phase of the war." Brodrick cabled K for information on March 18; K replied by cable on March 22. ]

Note that the Boers are viewed as "the whole nation" in & of itself & as such apart from the Afrikaners of Cape Dutch origin. This is explicit evidence that the Boers are a nation unto themselves. Remember: if all the Boers were to be killed off - there would still be Afrikaners since the Cape Dutch / Afrikaner population of the Western Cape would still be intact. The Boers were not even formally labeled as Afrikaners until well into the 1930s after the Cape Dutch Afrikaners had begun ascending to power.

Now another very important point to consider is that the Boers had cut their ties to Europe while the Cape Dutch were still connected with Europe. This fact demonstrates the inherent different natures & political outlooks of the two distinct Caucasian Afrikaans speaking peoples which manifests itself to this very day with Boer descendents being far more interested in political independence compared to the status quo outlook of the Cape Dutch descendents who are loyal to established powers & are thus conditioned to work within the dispensation.

Quote: [ the trekkers by the end of the eighteenth century had succeeded in establishing themselves in a territory which was larger than France. Already as a people they were moulded into a remarkably uniform pattern; they had developed the taal into a new language, Afrikaans, which was a simplified version of the High Dutch spoken by their forebears but with added words of German, Portuguese and Bantu origin; they had quite cut off their ties with Europe and were tending to do so with their seat of government at the Cape. The officials there, attempting to reassert their authority in the distant districts, appointed magistrates to Swellendam and Graaff Reinet, but this only increased the tension between the frontiersmen and the Company's servants at the capital. ]

From: The Great Trek. Oliver Ransford. Chapter 1.

The author Sidney Robbins also notes that the Boers had cut all ties / broke their connection to Europe in his book: The Devil's Annexe on page 59.

Quote: [ The majority of the Boers living in remote parts of the country, where established congregations or churches are an impossibility, it behooves every Boer to journey to the capital once a year to partake of communion. Pretoria then becomes the Mecca of all Boers, and the pretty little town is filled to overflowing with pilgrims and their "trekking" wagons and cattle. Those who live in remote parts of the country are obliged to start several weeks before the Nachtmaal in order to be there at the appointed time, and the whole journey to and fro in many instances requires six weeks' time. When they reach Pretoria they bivouac in the open square surrounding the old brick church in the centre of the town, and spend almost all their time in the church. It is one of the grandest scenes in South Africa to observe the pilgrims camping in the open square under the shade of the patriarchal church, which to them is the most sacred edifice in the world. ]

From: Oom Paul's People. Howard Hillegas. Published 1900. Chapter four.

The above excerpted post describes the Boers of the 19th cent. I have also long since come across a book called: Cecil Rhodes and the Cape Afrikaners pertaining mainly to the Cape Dutch population of the 19th cent. Comparing the two one will discover rather different outlooks as the Cape Dutch were very pro British & pro Colonial while the Boers on the other hand were anti-British [ stemming mainly from the Slagters Nek Rebellion & into the era of the Great Trek ] as they were very anti-Colonial & quite independence oriented. This is significant as the Cape Dutch population was [ & whose descendants are ] larger than the Boer population group of which both groups were lumped together in the 20th cent as part of an "official" coalition under the dispossessing Afrikaner designation. Therefore when folks assert that "the Afrikaners are from the Boers" they are perpetrating a mathematical impossibility as they are omitting the Cape Dutch population who are in fact the larger progenitors of the Afrikaner macro group.

The following is from Cecil Rhodes and the Cape Afrikaners by Mordechai Tamarkin from page 57.

Quote: [ T D Barry, an English-speaking Bondsman, assured Parliament that he 'had never heard a disloyal word uttered' in the Bond ad that he did not believe there were more than two or three Bondsmen who wished the British flag out of South Africa'. The Bechuanaland crisis, like the Transvaal one before it, rather than triggering disloyalty, was an occasion for Cape Afrikaners to restate their loyalty to Crown and Empire.

The jubilee year of Queen Victoria in 1887 offered Cape Afrikaners an outlet for amazing manifestations of love and loyalty, in town and country, in verse and prose. The Afrikaner Bond congress in its official address to the Queen gave the lead:

We the undersigned, representatives of the Afrikaner Bond of the Colony... wish to approach you with our heartiest and most sincere congratulations on this blessed occasion... We assure you humbly and respectfully [of] our true loyalty to your throne, and we feel proud that in the great British Empire there are not more loyal subjects than those we represent.

It was signed by 'the humblest, loving and most loyal subjects of Your most Blessed Majesty'. In Paarl, the capital of ' Afrikanerdom ', representatives of the Genootschap van Regte Afrikaners and the Afrikaner Bond were present at the local celebration with their flags, while the main speaker expressed his joy at the impressive presence of the burghers which proved Paarl's loyalty to the Queen. The local Dutch newspaper ran a special supplement including a long poem, full of praises for the Queen, by Oom Jan. Such celebrations were not restricted to major urban centers. A correspondent from Van Rhijndorp boasted that 'although our village is small and miserable we have demonstrated our loyalty to our honourable Queen Victoria'. A rural Bond branch in the east held a banquet on a farm. According to the correspondent , 'the house was beautifully decorated and the flag which during thousands of years [sic] withstood the blows of the storm flew merrily high, a striking proof of our Bondsmen loyalty'.

In 1887 Hofmeyr was a member of the Cape delegation to the first Colonial Conference held in London. In a proposal combining a mild preferential treatment for colonial produce with a scheme to finance imperial defense, Hofmeyr made the most important contribution to the idea of strengthening the imperial connection. ]

The Afrikaners - as a macro group under the mid 20th century definition of the term - are in fact mainly descended from the Cape Dutch while the Boer "segment" was co-opted only after the second Anglo-Boer War. Note also that capital of Afrikanerdom was noted as Paarl. Hundreds of miles away the Boer capital was noted at Pretoria. [ as well as other capitals such as Bloemfontein etc. ] Further demonstrating the distinct nature of the Boer Nation.

Saturday, 17 March 2012

The Term Cape Dutch Was Documented.

There was a poster on the ILSA blog [ & in other places too ] who a while back made the ridiculous assertion that the term Cape Dutch was "my term" thus displaying the poster's ignorance regarding the topic. The poster's desperate assertion was no doubt part of a ploy at trying to hide some very important & valuable history of the region. Considering that just about anyone can look into this for themselves to verify the terms used: the poster had no point to stand on & only achieved outing / exposing him / herself as a third rate propagandist.

The above screen shot [ click to enlarge ] is taken from the History World web site on its South African history page at this link.

Historian Irving Hexham notes within Christianity in Southern Central Africa Prior to 1910. that quote: [ The majority of the original white settlers, known as Cape Dutch, or in frontier regions Boers, maintained a nominal loyalty to the Dutch Reformed Church. ] Link to document.

The author Brian Du Toit notes on page 1 of The Boers in East Africa: Ethnicity and Identity that quote: [ The Boers had a tradition of trekking. Boer society was born on the frontiers of white settlement and on the outskirts of civilization. As members of a frontier society they always had a hinterland, open spaces to conquer, territory to occupy. Their ancestors had moved away from the limiting confines of Cape society to settle the eastern frontier. In time this location became too restricted, and individuals and families moved north across the Orange River. ] Link to book. Thus demonstrating that the Boers were distinct from the Cape Dutch.

The notable author Arthur Kemp noted in The Boers of Southern Africa that quote: [ This group of Cape Dutch settlers therefore always opposed the Boers' drive for independence and anti-colonialism, and, along with the British settlers, were the true colonial masters of Southern Africa, while the Boers always tried to get away from this mentality and state of affairs. ] Link to document. The Boers always wanted to get away from Colonialism not perpetuate it as the other groups had.

On page Page 41 of the 1957 book The Last Trek: A Study of the Boer People and the Afrikaner Nation by author Sheila Patterson: she states quote: [ It will be noted that the mythology now being propagated is a Voortrekker mythology. Starting with the wrongs of the frontiersmen, it proceeds via the Trek to the Anglo-Boer Wars, well nigh ignoring the contribution of the Cape Dutch. Such is the dynamic of this mythology that the Cape Nationalists accepted it and ignored their own fine history and tradition. ] Link to book. End of quote. They ignored it no doubt in order to usurp the history of the Boers in order to prevent them from easily leaving the new British created dispensation.

The Cape Dutch were a notable & documented population group which coalesced in & around Cape Town up to Stellenbosch / Paarl & Wellington & were coined as such by the Trekboers who began moving inland into Africa during the late 17th cent. just a few decades after the initial settlement at Cape Town.

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Apartheid made Maths difficult

Maybe one day the average westerner will understand the mentality of Southern African blacks.  That they have never been interested in being equal to any other nation, least of all a predominantly white one.  They want to consume everything in sight.  And if it is difficult for some or other reason, it is bad and the white man’s fault.

Even central and northern African tribes despise the southern tribes.  Not only for their violent nature towards other tribes and nations, but the fact that they won’t grant anybody else their little space under the sun.  Not even their own brothers.  Like the Malemas and Zumas who steal their countrymen blind.  There are other black Africans who would have used the opportunity presented in South Africa in the early 1990s to build something magnificent and maintain the infrastructure already in place.  Even within South Africa.  But, as has been the case since the first Boers moved into unoccupied land in the 19th century (the republics of Transvaal and Free State were established here) and tribes living in adjacent areas saw an opportunity to steal, rape and murder, the elements in power today plunder everything in sight.

Close on 2 decades after Apartheid ended, failing high school pupils are told that the reason they can’t do Mathematics at school is because Apartheid made it difficult.  These kids weren’t even born under the previous regime.  Yet Apartheid South Africa produced some of the most brilliant minds in people of colour.  Contrary to popular belief, they didn’t manage to study in exile.  Most of them obtained world-class qualifications at South African universities.  The same qualifications which obtained after 2000 are often laughed at in first world countries, because they are not worth the paper scribbled on.  Such is the collapse of not only infrastructure, but also standards.

Maybe Apartheid Maths was difficult for a reason other than to oppress people…

Apartheid maths

Sunday, 11 March 2012

Malema blew R3m through his trust

26578_358413915816_537235816_4273322_3720906_nSo much for all his drivel about being poor and the usual militant black mentality that anybody who questioned his lifestyle is “racist” with “white tendencies”.  No doubt he will still have his following.  The useful idiots.  This is something the modern, western, “civilised”, left-leaning person will never understand.  You are not dealing with civilised people here, at least not the majority.  Wearing a Gucci suit doesn’t make Malema civilised any more than a university degree guarantees that a person can do a specific job.

He will continue with his anti-white hate speech.  While blaming Apartheid and colonialism for all Africa’s problems.  All the while sucking at the capitalist teat.  And since many “civilised, educated” politicians in 1st world countries can’t even stay on the straight and narrow path, what do you think the sole purpose of these African bafoons are when they get into any position of power?  Self-enrichment, full stop.  They don’t give a rat’s bum about the poor, previously disadvantaged or “oppressed”.  All they have to say is that they do.  Like when you’re teaching a parrot to say something.

And until Africans are capable of producing within their own ranks a more civilised solution to this sordid tale of one militant power-hungry corrupt official following another, “civilised” first-world beings can pump as much aid in any form into Africa without the outcome being any different.  More corruption.  More murders.  More brutality.

There must be a good reason why Bob Geldof initially refused to organise the “Live 8” concerts.  Even he realised the futility of aid to Africa and the resulting outcome.  But even an aging pop star likes media exposure.

from City Press:

Johannesburg - Expelled ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema is a Gucci millionaire and not “poor” as he claims.

As Malema’s political career draws to a close, City Press can reveal that in 2010 alone, different donors deposited more than R3m into Malema’s Ratanang Family Trust, which is currently the subject of a criminal investigation by the Hawks.

With his options of remaining in the ANC running out fast, focus now shifts to at least four investigations into Malema’s financial affairs and business interests.

The Hawks, public protector, South African Revenue Service (Sars) and the Master of the High Court are finalising forensic investigations into the extent of Malema’s wealth and the role of his family trust in benefiting from Limpopo government tenders.

City Press can reveal that more than R2m of the deposits into Malema’s trust in 2010 were made in cash.

In the same year, withdrawals and payments of more than R3m were made from the trust. Two recipients of money from Malema’s trust were Gucci clothing and the five-star Twelve Apostles hotel in Cape Town.

The information was corroborated by two independent sources with direct knowledge of Malema’s affairs.

The only beneficiary of the trust is Malema’s son and all transactions are legally supposed to benefit him.  Malema and his grandmother, Sarah, are the trustees.

Earning more than R3m a year places Malema among the country’s top earners.  Although their packages were propped up by performance bonuses, Malema’s income through the trust was on a par with the salaries of Investec chief executive Stephen Koseff, who, according to the Sunday Times rich list, drew a salary of R3.5m in 2010; Mvelaphanda head Mikki Xayiya with R3.2m, and Basil Read’s Marius Heyns, who earned a salary of R3.1m in 2010.

The ANC’s national disciplinary committee expelled Malema from the governing party this week, after it found he had threatened the party and held it to ransom.

As Malema’s career as an ANC politician draws to a close, investigations into his affairs by the police, the Public Protector, Sars and the Master of the High Court continue.

Hawks spokesperson McIntosh Polela said their investigation is ongoing, but would not give details. “We will issue statements only when the investigation is concluded. We will not give a blow-by-blow account,” he said.

Justice department spokesperson Tlali Tlali said although the master has not finalised his investigation into the trust, “significant ground has been covered”.

Malema and his grandmother have cooperated with the master’s office and the probe is expected to be concluded “in the next few weeks”.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has already stopped On-Point Engineering – a private firm partly owned by Malema’s trust – from adjudicating roads and transport tenders in Limpopo.

On-Point was awarded a R51m tender by the Limpopo roads and transport department in 2009 to manage a “project management unit” that designs, implements and oversees roads projects in the province.

Madonsela told City Press this week she had hoped to finalise her report into tenders awarded to companies in which Malema has an interest by the beginning of March, but was still busy.  “The investigation is at an advanced stage, but we have not been able to meet our deadline because it is a forensic investigation that involves a whole lot of documents.  "We have extended the deadline because we want to ensure that everything is explained on paper and in writing.  “We will release an interim report, not for public consumption, by the end of March or hopefully in the middle of March,” said Madonsela.

City Press understands that Malema and his lawyers are in discussions with Sars about tax compliance issues affecting his trust and business interests linked to the trust.  Southern Africa Report quoted sources last month saying sufficient evidence had been gathered to charge Malema with tax evasion and money laundering.

It reported Malema’s personal tax affairs were now in order after he was given a year to sort out paperwork and pay funds owed to Sars, but his businesses were in trouble.  “The forensic teams going through his and other ANC politicians’ business interests in Limpopo with a fine-tooth comb have discovered several violations of regulations governing trusts.

"They are also understood to have established a paper trail linking shell companies to Malema’s trust, with what could be instances of money laundering,” the journal reported.

City Press revealed the existence of the trust in July last year. Before that, Malema claimed he was “poor but creditworthy” and that he lived from “handouts” from people like Limpopo premier Cassel Mathale.

A businessman told City Press he had to pay money into the trust after Malema assisted him to obtain a Limpopo government tender. Property developer David Mabilu and building material supplier Steve Bosch have been identified as other benefactors of the trust.

City Press calculated that Malema needed at least a salary of R123 000 per month to sustain his lavish lifestyle. His salary from the ANC is rumoured to have been R50 000 or less per month.

Malema’s spokesperson Floyd Shivambu previously told City Press he would not respond to “futile fishing expeditions” by the newspaper.

- City Press