Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:51
Koos Vermeulen (62 y.o.), died the 6th April 2011 in Pretoria, after being beaten over the head during a quarrel with another driver.
Koos Vermeulen was active in the Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging (AWB) in the late ‘70s. In the 1979 he participated in the action against Professor Floors van Jaarsveld, tarred and feathered for to have invoked the abolition of the Day of the Vow, religious Boer holiday, in the name of the multiracial, multinational, multi-religious, society.
A few years after, Koos Vermeulen left the AWB and founded a new organization: the Afrikaner Nasionaal-Sosialiste (ANS, the Afrikaner National Socialist Movement). The ANS never had a lot of members; it held some private meetings in Pretoria (where Vermeulen lived); celebrations to commemorate the birth of Adolf Hitler; and celebrations for the solstices.
Vermeulen was particularly active in order to build a network of contacts worldwide, sympathizers of the National Socialist ideology, who regularly wrote to each other and exchange news and views.
In the 1989 Vermeulen also started the Wêreld-Apartheidsbeweging (WAB, the World Apartheid Movement) which had affiliates several dozen organizations across the globe, all working for the support of apartheid both in South Africa and their own countries. The name of this organization was changed in Wêreld-Preserviste-Beweging (WPB, the World Preservatist Movement) in the 1993.
The ANS received widespread publicity only in the 1987, when arranged a commemorative service in the Pretoria West Cemetery to honour the nationalist martyr Rudolph Hess, German National Socialist died in Spandau Prison in West Berlin (where he had been locked up since the end of the War World Two because he never repudiated his ideas), the 17th August 1987. The service was also attended by representatives from the AWB, and from many other nationalist organizations.
The photo of Koos Vermeulen in this article is from 1993.
Many information in this article are from the book by Arthur Kemp “Victory or Violence: The Story of the AWB of South Africa”.