Marchers burn Malema poster

Right-wing par­ties say Afrikan­ers are liv­ing in a de facto dic­ta­tor­ship

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - NOMASWAZI NKOSI

AFRIKANER po­lit­i­cal party Front Na­sion­aal set it­self on a col­li­sion course with the EFF af­ter burn­ing an EFF T-shirt and a poster show­ing the face of party leader Julius Malema.

Yes­ter­day the party led a march to the Union Build­ings to hand over a mem­o­ran­dum, ad­dressed to Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma, sig­nalling its in­ten­tion of es­tab­lish­ing ar­eas for Afrikan­ers to live out their her­itage and ex­er­cise their right to self-de­ter­mi­na­tion ac­cord­ing to the con­sti­tu­tion.

Af­ter burn­ing the EFF T- shirt, the crowd be­gan singing Die Stem, South Africa’s old na­tional an­them, be­fore head­ing off to the Union Build­ings.

Fran­cois Cloete, the party’s trea­surer, said Malema was tar­geted be­cause he al­ways tar­geted Afrikan­ers in his speeches.

“He calls us white set­tlers and we are say­ing he is a black set­tler in southern Africa. The burn­ing of the EFF T-shirt is us set­ting fire to those be­liefs that we are out­siders in our own coun­try,” Cloete said.

Other or­gan­i­sa­tions in the march were the Afrikaner Weer­stands­be­weg­ing, the Boer Afrikaner Volk­sraad, the Her­stigte Na­sion­ale Party and Verken­ners.

Front Na­sion­aal’s lawyer Mar­ius Co­ertze read out a man­i­festo at the Union Build­ings, say­ing just be­cause all adult cit­i­zens could vote, this did not mean that South Africa was a demo­cratic state.

Most leg­is­la­tors at all lev­els of gov­ern­ment were “peo­ple very dif­fer­ent from our­selves”.

They had dif­fer­ent sets of ethics, lan­guages and val­ues, which meant many laws ran con­trary to Afrikaner ethics and val­ues.

This meant Afrikan­ers were liv­ing un­der con­di­tions of a de facto dic­ta­tor­ship.

“We refuse to ac­cept the afore­said op­pres­sion sim­ply due to our num­bers. We refuse to be a ‘mi­nor­ity’ un­der con­di­tions of tyranny by the ma­jor­ity. We de­mand self-de­ter­mi­na­tion in a ter­ri­tory ( or ter­ri­to­ries) gov­erned by our­selves.”

Be­fore the march, Abel Malan, chair­man of the BAV, had a speech pre­pared and read out by Paul Kruger, the BAV le­gal rep­re­sen­ta­tive.

Malan said the gov­ern­ment could not form a spe­cial unit to pro­tect the lives of Boer farm­ers like it did for the pro­tec­tion of the rhi­nos.

“Our lives are worth less than the lives of wild an­i­mals in this coun­try. So be it then – but no one must wail when they reap the fruits of our counter-ac­tions,” he said.

“FW de Klerk and his spine­less mob of hu­man­is­tic Afrikan­ers sur­ren­dered to your ( ANC) ter­ror­ist war against civil­ians by sign­ing away the whole coun­try to your masses via a one-man, one-vote elec­tion.

“How­ever, any na­tion that is pushed to the brink of ex­tinc­tion by a racist gov­ern­ment earns the right to re­verse that process, by what­ever means. Mr Zuma you must take note – should you con­tinue to tram­ple upon our le­gal right to self­de­ter­mi­na­tion, you will leave us with no other choice than to fight you un­til the bit­ter end,” Malan de­clared.

The march was poorly at­tended, which Cloete said he had ex­pected be­cause many the mem­bers could not get off work. He said the num­bers should not be con­sid­ered as an in­di­ca­tion the move­ment lacked sup­port.

PIC­TURE: OUPA MOKOENA

ON FIRE: The Front Na­sion­aal burns an EFF T-shirt and poster be­fore its march to the Union Build­ings to hand over a mem­o­ran­dum yes­ter­day.

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