Freedom for the Boer nation PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 02 March 2011 13:33

This article was published by Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging (AWB) in 2002, on its website. It’s still visible today (2011), in Afrikaans.

 

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Injustice against the Boerevolk After the “One man one Vote” of 27 April 1997. The Boerevolk didn’t loose their freedom, but rather the little say that he thought he still had. The Boer had already lost his freedom with the signing of the “Freedom of Vereeniging” treaty on the 31st of May 1902. After the signing of this freedom charter, we were out on a road of no return because of the decisions made by spineless leaders. This road led us to the predicament in which the Boer nation finds himself today. We cannot carry on with our lives without being totally honest as to who and what we really are.

THE “BOEREVOLK” IS A NATION
The Boer nation came into existence through the merging of people from different nations such as the Dutch, German & French. When the British came onto the scene at the beginning of the nineteenth century the Boer nation were already in existence. After the establishment of the Boer republics, after the great trek, the Boer were internationally recognized as a nation due to the fulfilling of the general requirements of nationalism such as: Known origin of descent Own Language Own culture & traditions A history based on experiences.

The Boer republics were also internationally recognized. The very first decision of the Sand river convention of 17 Jan 1852 stated that any Boers that had emigrated to north of the Vaal River would be recognized by Britain as a sovereign state. The convention of Bloemfontein on the 23rd of Feb 1854 also expressly recognized the right to freedom in their own state for the Boer of the Vrystaat (Free state) “Her Majesty’s special Commissioner, in entering into a convention… guarantees on the part of Her Majesty's government, the future independence of that country and its government; and … the inhabitants of that country shall then be free. And that this independence shall be confirmed and ratified … finally freeing them from their allegiance to the British Crown, and declaring them, to all intents and purposes, a free and independent people, and their government to be treated and considered thenceforth a free and independent government.”

Similar recognition was later given to the Boer of the ZAR (Zuid Afrikaanse Republiek) after they had been occupied by Britain for a while, by the Pretoria convention of 1881 & the London convention of 1884. The ZAR was also recognized by the Netherlands, France, Germany, Belgium and the USA.

The nationalism which the Boer nation obtained and the recognition, which it was granted, embraced internationally accepted rights, liberty and obligations. Also the right to a homeland and self determination cannot be emphasized enough. Many wars, the eight-year war, the First World War, the conflict in the Middle East all are still directly connected to the denial or non-recognition of a nations right to self-determination. On the contrary, a religious or economic group, which make up part of a nation, have no claim to freedom or land. Dependent or ethnic groups such as Coloureds and Griekwas can only achieve such rights once they have developed into a nation. The Boer is a nation and therefore has a right to land and own government. The Boer nation is not a group of Europeans or an Afrikaans speaking group, nor are they South Africans. To deprive any nation the right to self-determination is a crime against that nation.

ATTACK AGAINST NATIONALISM
Since the earliest existence of our nation found the Dutch and later the British rule, to be unbearable due to the suppression and undermining of the Boer way of life. Lacking government protection against Xhosa attacks, the suspension of ordinance 50 of 1828 (which set the Boer equal to the Hottentots in the land that the Boer considers / d to be their own) and also the freeing of slaves in 1834 all contributed to deny the Boer nation the right of own fatherland where he could develop and grow. The policy of English imperialism degraded the Boer way of life even further. A nations language was gradually phased out with the use of a foreign language within the education system and other institutions. Even the government with the legislature was gradually converted to English. From 1827 English was the only language to be used within the colony. Most Boers felt as if they were living in a different country, and it was felt that the Boer children had no future under these circumstances. (Today, it is unbelievably surprising to see how history is repeating itself, the Boer nation is finding itself in exactly the same situation as before the “Groot trek”, with the exclusion that there is now no uninhabited land to trek to.) Although the Boers tolerated this for almost twenty years, the resistance grew stronger as time passed. In 1836 the “Boer revolt” erupted when a great deal of Boer decided to trek to the interior. After this decision was made there was no sacrifice to big for the preservation of the nation.

A NATION WITHOUT TERRITORY HAS NO SELF-DETERMINATION
The disposal of land for a nation is a true biblical concept. Nation and their territory are not dividable. The one is nothing without the other. It is crucial for the continued existence of a nation to have its own territory. The relation of a nation with its territory guarantees the survival of a nation. It has been proved that nations with a strive for an own identity, comes together with the strive to own territory where he can determine his own future and establish his own government. For a nation to determine his own government is crucial to his self-preservation. At this stage the Boer nation is doomed until self-preservation.

LEADING THE BOER NATION
The objective of the “Great Trek” was to ultimately have freedom in an own fatherland. There was much suffering and hardship to get to this objective like: The murder of Piet Retief and woman and children next to the Tugela, Bloukrans and Boesmansrivier. Then there were numerous confrontations like those at Vegkop, Bloodrivier, Majuba and many others. Ultimately two Boer Republics were formed and stayed in existence until 1902. During the second independence war of the Boer nation there was 4313 woman and 22 057 children killed. Some of the Boer that stayed behind in the Cape colony rebelled against the British government and fought on the side of their fellow patriots. Some of these rebels were caught by the British and banned and stripped of their right to vote, in some cases some of these rebels where also executed.

CRIMINALS OF WAR
The loss of independence in 1902 could not be merely accepted by the Boer nation, whom at that time was associated into the Union of 1910. The war made the Boer nation a defeated nation through the death of almost 26 000 woman and children due to the war crimes of Britain. There was no other option but to join this new Union if South Africa of 1910. If this had to happen today, Kitchener and Milner (to the likes of Slobodadan Milosevic of Servie) would have stood trail for crimes against humanity. The Boer had no alternative but to sign the peace treaty of 1902, once again if this treaty was signed today it would not have carried any recognition throughout the world, as this was brought about due to crimes against humanity. These crimes against the Boer have never been rectified, and the Boer had to choose between options of which not one guaranteed its freedom.

ROAD TO NOWHERE
After becoming a republic in 1961, the Boer nation inevitably “inherited” the Cape colony. Once president, Dr HF Verwoerd, tried by means of the homeland policy to create separate areas for individual black nations, thus giving each nation its own homeland. These black states would ultimately be self-governed, and no nation would be in control of another. With the murder of Dr Verwoerd the then National party scraped the idea of separate homelands and implemented a directionless system of apartheid. The fact remains that the fatherland of the Boer nation, which includes for the Transvaal, the Orange Free State, and Northern Natal (Vryheid - included with Transvaal in 1881) was robbed from them, and this put the Boer nation on a path that his freedom will be difficult to obtain.

A NATION WITHOUT RIGHTS

Guarantees by the De Klerk regime that the Boer nation, as a minority, will be protected in the new South Africa, never realized. A minority can only exist if the majority protects its rights. The history of Africa has never known a majority protecting the rights of the minority groups. Africa is full of examples of extortion of minorities by the majority and it is not only on whites. This extortion of the minority is happening all over a good example would be our nabouring country Zimbabwe. A minority is either taken up and accepted or is expelled, one can easily see what is planned for the fate of the white man is South Africa. A minority cannot prohibit the change of constitutional laws that would be to its disadvantage, especially if such a minority has unique assets and resources at its disposal. An example of such draconian laws that have been passed is the right of residence of a non-white worker. This law prohibits the removal of such a person from your private property if an alternative form of housing can't be provided. With this type of legislation no worker will want to look for other form of housing. Another example would be to force a ratio of 70% non-white employees in your service, if you have more than a certain number of employees. We are also forced to have non-whites in the management of such a company. This new government does not seem to realize that this is exactly the type of racist attitudes and laws that brought the previous government to a fall! In order to protect a minority successfully a portion of land has to be allocated to them, on this land he should have the power of self-determination, he alone should be in control of his own laws, education and cultural issues. The majority group will not recognize this, as it will result in a state within a state over which there is no control. Presently the Boer nation does not enjoy any protection or rights concerning this. The Boer nation currently has no land / state and nowhere to go.

WE ARE BOERS
The Boer nation is a nation in its own that cannot be changed, whether with legislation or misinformation, to become part of the Afrikaner Nation. The situation where a nation, that was internationally recognized, has been lowered to being only a part of the white race is totally unacceptable. Recognition as a nation with the right to self-determination and fatherland is detrimental. To resist a nation, like in the case of the Boer nation, to be self-determined is a crime against humanity. A nation can only be a nation when it can freely speak its own language, make decisions on its own future concerning anything, associate with whom it wants to, freely practice its culture and traditions and many more. To fully become a nation again, we should be able to make our own decisions, to be led by our own government, in our own country. Then we can build on our rich cultural heritage. Our children will then grow up to be Boers, and the Boer will rightfully take its place between the different nations.