The forgotten prisoners – (2012) by Wilhelm Pretorius, Boer prisoner of war PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 14 June 2012 07:07


Free the Boer prisoners / Bevry die Boeregevangenes

Help stop the injustice towards the Boer People in South Africa - Help to free the Boer prisoners of conscience – The Forgotten Prisoners

By Wilhelm Pretorius, Boer prisoner of war detained in Local Prison Pretoria.
May 20, 2012

Wilhelm Pretorius - Boer prisoner of warBefore 1994, when South Africa tumbled into political turmoil, many of the Boer people fought for their freedom. They fought and strived for freedom of the Boers. To have a piece of land they can call home, fought for by their forefathers, gained through suffering, sweat and blood. But the war was lost and South Africa went into a multi ethnic democracy, or so it is claimed to be....

The facts are: Although the international media pictures South Africa as a rainbow country of peace, love and prosperity, the truth is far from it. The Boer people suffer daily discrimination against them purely on account of their race and ethnicity. One of these discriminations that the Boer people suffer is in the suffering and injustice towards their political prisoners. Peter Benenson wrote an article in 1961 about political prisoners, he called Prisoners of conscience. He described them as:
“Any person who is physically restrained (by imprisonment or otherwise) from expressing (in any form of words or symbols) any opinion which he honestly holds and which does not advocate or condone personal violence. We also exclude those people who have conspired with a foreign government to overthrow their own.” The injustice towards the Boer prisoners of conscience is even worse. They are not being kept in prison because of their deeds, but because of their race, believes and who they are. Their deeds are just the excuse for keeping them there.

About 50 of the Boer political prisoners are currently being held captive in South African prisons under inhumane circumstances. The Boeremag trial is still ongoing since 2002. Eleven accused in the Boeremag trial are repeatedly refused bail, still in incarceration, still awaiting trial detainees for almost 10 years.

The world praises countries who gives amnesty, and yet turning a blind eye for injustice! Therefore we ask for your support in ending this injustice. Spread the word and let the international community open its eyes to this injustice and start acting on it. It is time to set the Boer Prisoners of conscience free!