7. The 1914 Rebellion PDF Print E-mail


Book: Boerestaat, by Robert van Tonder
First English Edition [1977]


Chapter 7

The 1914 Rebellion

General Koos de la Rey

General KOOS DE LA REY, the lion of West Transvaal and fervent patriot, who wanted to reinstate the independence of the Boere Republics in 1914. He was assassinated in Johannesburg, by order of general Smuts, under pretext of a raid on the Foster gang.

Just as the Irish saw an opportunity in the First World War to rid themselves of centuries of British rule so our Boere faulk realised here was an opportunity to regain our freedom. Britain was tied up in the Great War against Germany and our Boere faulk seized the opportunity which resulted in the epic 1914 Rebellion.
But two Anglicised ex-Boere leaders, Louis Botha and Jan Smuts, turned against their own blood and used British troops to suppress a popular revolt.

During the peace negotiations of Versailles in 1919 our Boere leaders tried yet again to have our old republican freedom reinstated. Woodrow Wilson, the then president of the U.S.A. issued his famous 14 point program in which the freedom of every faulk, no matter how small, was expressed as an inalienable right. Our Boere leaders of the time sent a freedom delegation to Versailles to request the reinstatement of our former Boere Republics and take note NOT the transformation of the Union of South Africa into a Republic of South Africa! The deputation comprised genl J B M Hertzog, dr D F Malan, dr E G Jansen, Mr N C Havenga, senator A D W Wolmarans, Mr A T Spies and advocate F W Beyers. Our leaders realised by that time that a Republic comprising the entire South Africa would not ensure Boere freedom. It has taken us more than sixty years to rediscover this truth after having 'enjoyed' so-called republican freedom in the British designed R.S.A. framework!

The deputation was unsuccessful because, at the instigation of the British prime minister Lloyd George, president Wilson refused the deputation an interview. However, all the other deputations from small faulks were readily interviewed. The Irish were more fortunate because the pressure that the influential Irish community in the U.S.A. could bring to bear on Wilson to help them regain Irish independence. Ireland regained partial independence in 1922 when the independent Eire was established. Since then they have been fighting to free Northern Ireland and it would seem as though the British are gradually succumbing to the Irish Republican Army. 20,000 British troops are continuously kept engaged in Northern Ireland!

La Delegazione per la Libertà - Febbraio 1919

After the return of the freedom deputation our Boere leaders made a grave error of judgement. Up until this time they had aimed at the reinstatement of our free Boere Republics. But now they resigned themselves to the terms dictated to them by Lloyd George and accepted the Milner-designed [15] political structure of the Union of South Africa as a fait accompli. Here they seriously digressed from the ideal the emigrant Boere (the Voortrekkers) consistently strove to achieve, namely, a Free and Independent Boere state. Since 1919 therefor, our Boere faulk has been fighting a futile battle as unidentifiable [16] 'South Africans' in a multinational and multiracial sea in which there is no hope of survival.

But our leaders should not be judged too harshly for their error of judgement at that time. In 1919 our Boere faulk was still impoverished to virtual destitution. The British regime of general Smuts persecuted the Rebels venomously. They were heavily fined and had long prison sentences imposed on them and our impoverished faulk, that had by no means yet recovered from the destruction of the British War of 1899 to 1902 [Second Anglo-Boer War. Ed], had to dig deep into their pockets to assist their compatriots. Our ideals had to be temporarily shelved in order to provide our people with jobs and food.

15. Milner's thinking before the British War [Second Anglo-Boer War. Ed]: ‘War was the only means. Britain would annex both republics for the Empire. That would finally ‘knock the bottom out of ˮthe great ’Afrikander’ nationˮ for ever and ever Amen’. ‘The ultimate endʼ, he confided to his ally Percy Fizpatrick, ‘is a self-governing White Community, supported by well-treated and justly governed black labour from Cape Town to the Zambezi.’ ‘The Boer War’ by Thomas Pakenham p. 118 - 119
16. IDENTIFY - 1 To ascertain the nature or supposed identity of. 2 To consider or treat as the same or identical.
IDENTITY - 1 The state of being identical or absolutely the same; selfsameness.

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The whole history of the Boers, since they germinated as volk on the Cape Frontier until the birth of the main Boer Republics (Zuid Afrikaanse Republiek, Orange Free State, Vryheid), was a series of rebellions against their oppressors, sometimes peaceful (with migration) sometimes bloody (for example: the small Rebellion at Slagters Nek in the 1815-16). But these episodes, along with battles and brief republican experiences, are to be considered as parts of a period that ended with the independence of the Boers in their historical Republics, and can be identified as a Boer's Struggle of Independence.

Some supporters of the cause of the Boer volk think that the term rebellion, with reference to the Boer Rebellion of 1914-15, is improper, since the Boers, as volk, were not rebels but a nation that was trying to get rid of in order to regain the  independence that foreign forces had wrongfully taken. But the fact remains that the Boers, in a historical period in which they no longer had their own state, rebelled against the yoke of the foreigner, for which the term rebellion is maybe the most appropriate,  to classify the different Boer's post-1902 liberation struggles.
The Boer Rebellion of 1914-15 can be classified as First Boer Rebellion, since it was followed by others, in different times and different ways.

Louis Botha e Jan Smuts (Unione del Sudafrica)The Rebellion of 1914-15 opposed the Boers to the Union of South Africa, the macrostate forged by international capitalism in southern Africa, after to have conquered the Boer republics, through British military force. After to have fought two wars against the British Army (the Anglo-Boer wars) the Boers were facing a different enemy. The emblems were always those of the British Empire, but under them served different people: in majority Cape Dutch, then British and some former Boers (who took up arms against their own blood, proving to be not longer part of the Boer volk).
In 1914, when the Boers rebelled against the Union, Gen. Louis Botha (a Boer, but born in the British colony of Natal) was the Prime Minister of the Union of South Africa. His governments were composed of Cape Dutch and British. The vast majority of ministers were born in the British colony of the Cape, some in the British colony of Natal. The only minister born in a Boer Republic, had been educated in different British schools, in southern Africa and in London [1], where he qualified as a mining engineer. Among the ministers there were prominent members of the Afrikaner Bond and of the Anglo-American Corporation, with close relations with Oppenheimers. That is: all the forces that had strangled the Boer republics and exterminated their children in the concentration camps.
Gen. Jan Smuts (a Cape Dutch, who had fought for the Boer cause during the Second Anglo-Boer War, as well as many other foreigners from all over the world), at the outbreak of the Boer Rebellion of 1914-15 was the Minister of Defence, Interior and Finance for the Union of South Africa. Loyal to its new state, gen. Jan Smuts ordered the assassination of the Boer general Koos de la Rey [2].

The so-called ‘Freedom Deputation’ was formed in 1919 by Nasionale Party (NP). It was not a Boer deputation, because it was composed almost entirely of non-Boers. The same J.B.M. Hertzog, head of the deputation, although he had served the cause of the Boer in war, was a Cape Dutch (then he will become, indeed, one of the greatest supporters of the Union of South Africa). Among the delegates there were not veterans of the Boer Rebellion of 1914-15. Those who had participated in the Boer Rebellion, in fact, had been assassinated (as General Koos de la Rey [2] or as “Jopie” Fourie, executed by a firing squad of the Union of South Africa) or had been convicted, fined, imprisoned, and excluded from political life.
The deputation was activated in 1919 to free southern Africa from British rule, subservient to international capitalism. It claimed the restoration of the independence of the Boer republics, as them were before the Second Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902) , and self-determination for Natal and the Cape [3]. Not a single state, but several states, independent of each other.

Jopie Fourie, Boer martyr

The call to free all southern Africa, so also the Cape and Natal, from British rule, had been launched at the time of the Boer Rebellion (1914-15). In the Proclamation of Maritz, released by S. G. Maritz on December 16, 1914, all whites in southern Africa were called to take up arms to free the whole southern Africa. But only the Boers rebelled, for to follow in war their leaders: S. G. Maritz; Christiaan Rudolph de Wet (Boer general who had fought the British during the First and Second Anglo-Boer War, and had been Acting State President of the Orange Free State), Christian Frederick Beyers (Boer general who had fought for the Boer Republic ZAR during the Second Anglo-Boer War) and Jan Christoffel Greyling Kemp (Boer general of the Second Anglo-Boer War).

Gen. S. G. “Manie” Maritz, head of the First Boer Rebellion, was a staunch supporter of the Boer independence. In 1940 - about 38 years after the conquest of the Boer republics, in a state/empire that had done everything to erase the Boer identity, classifying indiscriminately as 'Afrikaner' both the Dutch Cape and the Boers - Gen. Manie Maritz took the leadership of the National Socialist political organization Die Boerenasie, whose main goal was to get back to have a Boer republic, namely: the Boerestaat [4] (Boer state). Gen. “Manie” Maritz denounced the occupation of the Ossewa Brandwag (OB) by Afrikaner Freemasonry (the Broederbond) [5], aimed at altering its objectives and nature. For his political activities he was opposed by British and Jewish press, and by Freemasons.
Gen. Manie Maritz died December 20, 1940, in a car accident in front of the prison of Pretoria. Some believe, however, that would have been murdered, and that the government of the Union of South Africa would have been the instigator. There are many similarities with the assassination of General De La Rey [2], at the time of the First Boer Rebellion.

The death of General Manie Maritz, who had led the Boers during their First Rebellion, arrived just during a series of South Africans historical events (contemporary World War II) that we can classify as the Second Boer Rebellion. Boer Rebellion and not 'Afrikaner' rebellion, because although all had done to confuse and to erase the Boer identity, for to replace it with an artificial 'Afrikaner' identity (including also the Cape Dutch), the 1939-1945 Rebels were Boers (ie biological and spiritual descendants of the Trekboers, of the Voortrekkers, and of the Boers of the Boer Republics), as well as their flags (those of the Boer Republics), their commemorations (particularly: the Great Trek, Bloukrans, the Blood River, Majuba, Paardekraal, Jopie Fourie [6]) and their Cause (that of the Trekboers and the Voortrekkers [7]: the Boerestaat, the Boer Republics [8]).

Generale Manie Maritz - Die Dappere Boodskapper

1. Evening Post, October 6, 1913, p. 3.
2. Boerestaat, by Robert van Tonder, 1977.
3. The Examiner, June 19, 1919.
4. Die Dappere Boodskapper, official mouthpiece of the Die Boerenasie op Nasionaal-Sosialistiese Grondslag, number 4, January 27, 1941, p. 5.
5. Die Dappere Boodskapper, official mouthpiece of the Die Boerenasie op Nasionaal-Sosialistiese Grondslag, number 4, January 27, 1941, p. 1.
6. The Rise of the Afrikanerdom, T. Dunbar Moodie, 1975 , p. 224.
7. The Rise of the Afrikanerdom, T. Dunbar Moodie, 1975 , p. 216.
8. Die Vaderland , December 23, 1942.