How short can your memory be? - Piet Rudolph PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 30 August 2010 13:10

The article below, written by Piet Rudolph for Orde Boerevolk, has been translated from Afrikaans (original title: “Hoe kort kan ‘n mens se geheue wees?”, of the 17th August 2010).

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When all brothers are silent
How short can your memory be?

South African Police Service

A book written by General Johan van der Merwe, in Afrikaans, is now available. Van der Merwe was the last Commissioner of the South African Police under National Party rule. The book with the title “Getrou tot die dood” [“Loyal unto death”, ed] enlightens the era of the traitors PW Botha, FW de Klerk, Adriaan Vlok and their cohorts. Nothing can be further from the truth than the title of Van der Merwe’s book.
Reading the book one soon realises that it is but an excuse for the political crimes committed by Van der Merwe and company, and an attempt to exonerate them for their loyalty towards the National Party, who expected loyalty from a number of fellow travellers, obtained it and afterwards left their operators and practitioners in the lurch.  There is no honesty amongst thieves.
Every true patriot and nationalist will tell you that there is no other loyalty than to your homeland and its people. Van der Merwe and his book fail this simple test miserably. The loyalty of Van der Merwe and his henchmen were to their positions and to nothing else, despite the fact that the politicians were ready to abdicate and was playing for time to bind their conditions for surrender in the skin of their white electorate.
The South African Police abandoned their people. For anybody that could read and write politics, it must have been clear that after the death of Prime Minister Verwoerd, the writing was on the wall.
Those who saw the abdication coming was made suspicious and prosecuted. Recall the persecution of that great patriots Jaap Marais and Albert Hertzog, the onslaught against the HNP [Herstigte Nasionale Party, Reconstituted National Party. Ed] and the AWB [Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging, Afrikaner Resistance Movement. Ed]. Disinformation and slander was fabricated against compatriots to divide and rule. The AWB was lured to Ventersdorp [the reference is to the Battle of Ventersdorp of August 9, 1991. Ed] surrounded, shot, killed and violently forced into submission to diminish any resistance to change. Youngsters opposing the Government was driven over with Casspir [big armored carrier used in South Africa for the transport of troops. Ed] and killed. Millions were spend to infiltrate informers an agent provocateur into rightwing movements. All to frustrate any opposition to surrender against abdication.
Not a single officer spoke out against the treachery or shown loyalty to this people. For thirty pieces of silver they remained silent and should have noticed the increased oppression of their own. Only three non commissioned officers resigned from the police to side with their people.
The book of General Van der Merwe can not stand the acid test of truth, honour and integrity. His superficial confession of a deep rooted Christian belief by him and Vlok is nauseating. He admits the demolishing of Khotso House [head office of the “South African Council of Churches”, organization against apartheid led, among others, by Desmond Tutu. This place (in Johannesburg), was blown up in 1988. Ed] by him, Vlok and others. Yet they allow the detention of a woman and her fifteen month old baby for two months under the pretext that she blew up Khotso House. Van der Merwe does not mention a word of this in his book but when I accosted him about this at a discussion of his book he defended himself saying she was a leftist.
On Tuesday August 17, 2010 a naïve Mr Clem de Klerk, CEO of Radio Pretoria, introduced Generals Geldenhuys, Van der Merwe and Brigadier Heymans to Radio Pretoria’s listeners. He boosted them as policemen who stood by their people. Nothing is further from the truth!
General Geldenhuys was the man who heavy handily arrested us at Libertas, John Vorster’s [South African Prime Minister from 1966 to 1978 and President from 1978 to 1979. Ed] official residence and threw the handicapped Mr Jaap Marais into a police van. Our only crime that we protested Vorster’s involvement in forcing Ian Smith to abdicate in favour of Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe. How short can one’s memory be?
Now it is expected of us who were haunted, prosecuted,  hunted and intimidated, whose telephones were bugged and mail intercepted, by this very same people, to now contribute towards the legal costs of murderers.
Please do not be misled. Some of us have very short memories maybe on account of their own poor contributions towards the struggle. We still have brothers languishing in prison and their women suffering to make ends meet. We are now being asked to assist the very same people who imprisoned our compatriots by Radio Pretoria without it’s listeners asked to contribute towards their cause.