Orania is a small town with more than 700 souls, only white Afrikaners (Afrikaans-speaking whites), in the northern Cape.
Orania should have been the embryo of an independent white Afrikaner “volkstaat”, which should have been built on an area that included the north-west of the Cape and a strip of southern Namibia. This, at least, was the idea claimed by Afrikaner Vryheidstigting (AVSTIG, in English: Afrikaner Freedom Foundation), which was submitted in February 1989 by its founder, Professor Carel Boshoff (died in 2011). An idea already developed, some time before, by the Suid-Afrikaanse Buro vir Rasse Aangeleenthede (SABRA, in English: South African Bureau of Racial Affairs), a cultural organization founded in 1948 by Afrikaner Broederbond (in English: Afrikaner Brotherhood, a kind of white Afrikaner Freemasonry), and of which Carel Boshoff was president from 1972 to 1999.
In 1990 AVSTIG acquired from the South African Department of Water Affairs about 430 hectares of land in Orania, for 1,6 million Rand. On that land remained dilapidated structures, which were used mainly as house for workers involved in the construction of the Vanderkloof Gariep Dam on Oranje River.
The idea was to retire in uninhabited and poor lands, of little interest for the regime that they was handing power over the whole region (and therefore also on it). Waving (improperly) Boer flags, it promoted a new Trek, but on the contrary: a migration from the (Boer) nation to the anti-national (white Afrikaner) reserve, on land foreign to the Boer nation.
The idea of a white “Afrikaner” state (with reference to all whites: Anglophones, Cape Dutch and Boers), was the basis of the Union of South Africa (later Republic of South Africa, RSA), the macrostate forged in 1902 by international capitalism, by military force of the British Empire, after having defeated the Boer republics and annexed them to its colonies. The white Afrikaner state (with reference to Afrikaans-speaking whites) would, in any case, stranger to Boers. The Afrikaners (whites or non-whites) are not the Boers. Doesn’t exist, and never has existed, an “Afrikaner” nation.
In November 1991 was bought also the farm Vluytjeskraal, of 2,300 hectares. In a few months, the small and new white Afrikaner “community” restored the house and began to equip itself with infrastructure, using only their own work.
Perhaps, in an attempt to obtain a benevolent attitude on the future regime, Professor Carel Boshoff went straight into Konvensie vir ‘n Suid-Afrika Demokratiese (KODESA, in English: Convention for a Democratic South Africa), established in December 1991 and participated in the process of transition which imprisoned all the nations of the region into a single entity.
Since 1993 the AVSTIG stopped to insisting on secession, saying he was also in favour of a simple autonomy within a confederation.
Carel Boshoff promptly enter in the Vryheidsfront (VF, in English: the Freedom Front, FF), a political party created in March 1994 by Gen. Constand Viljoen to disrupt the Afrikaner Volksfront (AVF, in English: Afrikaner People-Nation Front) - the large alliance between Afrikaner (with reference to Afrikaans-speaking whites) “nationalist” movements and the Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging (AWB; at that time great Boer nationalist movement) - of which the same Viljoen was president (sic), participating in the multinational elections of 27 April. The involvement of VF in such election gave a semblance of legitimacy to the regime that it was put in power in southern Africa. A regime which would be deprived of freedom all nations of the region. A regime which the VF is accomplice, and the organic part.
Professor Carel Boshoff was appointed president of the VF for the Northern Cape, and was elected to the regional parliament.
The Vryheidsfront declared himself in favour of an autonomous white Afrikaner “volkstaat”, but only in those areas where the white Afrikaners had become the majority. A hypothesis not too realistic, especially if not encouraged by the institutions.
The Vryheidsfront showed up as “long-term project” an white Afrikaner “volkstaat” in the north-west of the Cape, between Orania and the Atlantic Ocean. A project clearly influenced by the statements of Carel Boshoff.
Today, in 2011, the Vryheidsfront (now “Vryheidsfront Plus”) no longer shows maps and no longer speaks about white Afrikaner “volkstaat”. Just ask, in very general terms, more regional autonomy.
The white Afrikaner “volkstaat” was not recognized, and has not been achieved. Even Professor Boshoff himself, in the 2005, had admitted his disappointment about the few hundred residents who Orania had, compared with about 60,000 who he had suggested some years ago.
The town of Orania is owned by a private company, the Vluytjeskraal Aandeleblok. It survives as a small white Afrikaner “community” thanks to this.
In March 2009, Julius Malema, president of the ANC Youth League (ANCYL), visited the town and has put up his posters in the streets, where they already hung those of VF+. He welcomed by the son of Boshoff, new president of the Orania Movement since 2007. Carel Boshoff IV has also replaced his father in VF, today Vryhedisfront Plus, after merging with the Konserwatiewe Party van Suid-Afrika (KP, in English: Conservative Party of South Africa), the Afrikaner Eenheids Beweging (AEB, in English: Afrikaner Unity Movement) and the Federal Alliansie (in English: Federal Alliance). Carel Boshoff IV is now president of the VF+ for the northern Cape.
On the way of VF+ ANC what kind of Volkstaat (BOER STATE) there can be? Absolutely none. The Afrikaners - with reference to non-Boer Afrikaans-speaking whites - have always served the empire that dominated them.