page is dedicated to these freedom-loving victims of the modern worlds first
holocaust and genocide, which decimated the white Boer population to such an extent, that
the Boers, or Afrikaners, remain a minority in their own country to this day - lest we
forget the sacrifices they made to uphold the flame of freedom, courage and justice for
all the different nations of Southern Africa.
An Introduction.WHO WERE THE BOERS?
The Boers were the 250 thousand white men, women and children born and bred in Africa; who had trekked from the south ever further into the empty wilderness of South Africa, - smeared, harassed and persecuted by the white colonial powers of the Netherlands and Britain, attacked, robbed and slaughtered by the black impis of Shaka and Mzilikazi;
who finally, after 200 years, gained their freedom and internationally recognized independence in the Boer Republics of the Transvaal and the Orange Free State;
who bravely defended their farms and towns against the greed and overwhelming might of the white British Empire during two Freedom Wars, the last of which, 1899-1902, is known to the whole world as the Boer War;
whose farms were burnt down and whose women and children were herded at bayonet-point into concentration camps, where the British imperialists used disease and hunger to kill off 22 927 Boer children and 4 177 Boer women in order to force their unbroken fighting men in the field to surrender.
This page is also dedicated to these modern descendants of the freedom-loving victims of the modern worlds first holocaust and genocide, who have been vilified and smeared and eventually robbed of all their lawful inheritance, and who are now being killed, raped, abused and hounded off their land by an orchestrated campaign of terror and discrimination under a communist Boer-hating Regime,
- lest we forget the injustice of it all, the brutal oppression of a small, God-fearing nation and the God-given right of such a nation to an own homeland and government according to its Western, democratic, Christian principles.
WHO ARE THE BOERS?
The Boers of today are the physical and spiritual descendants of those 250 thousand white men, women and children born and bred in Africa;
who returned to the ruins of their farms and homesteads after the humiliating Peace of Vereeniging in 1902,
who were railroaded into the semi-independent Dominion of the Union of South Africa in 1910 together with their Boer/Afrikaner- and English-speaking compatriots of the Cape and Natal, under the pro-British Boer generals Louis Botha and Jan Smuts,
who under the leadership of Boer Generals Christiaan de Wet and Koos de la Rey rose up in a heroic, but ill-fated rebellion in 1914 to try and regain their lost freedom,
whose Boer nationalism was subsequently submerged in the development of the broader white South African nationalism, - while being able to absorb and be enriched by the English- and other Euro-centric cultures,
who, within that broader nationalism, regained the political upperhand in 1948,
who instituted the policy of apartheid (Afrikaans = separateness), - not to oppress anybody, as the Boer-hate propaganda wants us to believe, - but to do the opposite, to lead historically disadvantaged and oppressed nations out from their colonial multi-cultural and multi-national legacy to greater freedom and prosperity,
who established several black homelands, where black nations like the Xhosas, Tswanas, Zulus and Vendas could develop around their traditional heartlands into independent, prosperous states, depending on their own ability and will,
who were vilified and smeared by so-called world opinion for this basically honest and far-sighted policy of peaceful ethnic separation, which in later years proved to be the best solution to ethnic differences and conflict, implemented all over the world from Eastern Europe to Eastern Timor,
whose rulers, after the assassination of Dr Hendrik Verwoerd, were undermined and corrupted, until the whole of South Africa with all its many different nations was given away to a sovietized, communist Regime by Frederik Willem de Klerk in 1994,
whose patriots are now being persecuted for having defended their country against terrorism and intimidation,
who are still suffering from shock and disbelief, following what must be regarded as the most treacherous and unbelievable sell-out by a nations own leaders in history,
who are now commemorating the Anglo-Boer War, during which a hundred years ago the flower of their youth and womanhood was brutally wiped out,
who are now, once again, being hounded off their farms and homesteads by a murderous campaign of terror attacks, killings and rape,
whose very essence of being a nation is now ignored or ridiculed, their basic democratic right of registering as Boers and voting for their own leadership being denied by the ruling Regime,
who have now reached a cross-roads in their nations history : Either accept the (to them) alien, Soviet-style Regime as their own and disappear into oblivion, - or fight it by whatever means possible to survive as an own nation, entitled to its own freedom and independence.
1. PRE COLONIAL PERIOD
1. PRE COLONIAL PERIOD [Pre 1652]
'In the beginning, ... let the dry land appear..." This biblical quotation could have come up with early sea-borne visitors of this huge rather empty sub-continent, - be they the Egyptians, the Phoenicians, the Vikings or the Chinese. Following pre-historic man and woman, whose tell-tale bones in so many caves now delight archeologists all over the world, the San, better known as the Bushmen, were the first to roam the vast, open spaces as hunters amongst the rich wildlife of Southern Africa. Their idyllic existence eventually ended first with the intrusion of the Koisan (Hottentot), later with that of the bigger Bantu nations moving down from central and eastern Africa. By the end of the Middle Ages, the Bushmen had withdrawn to the open, dry plains of the Karoo and the mountains, the small pastoral communties of the Koisan were scattered along the more fertile Cape coast, and the Bantu nations of the Xhosa and Zulu had reached the lush regions of Natal and the Transkei. The developement of the great centres of civilisation had passed them by, - none of the possible early visitors had had any impact, - and down to the smallest tribe and kraal everybody lived and died as his ancestors had lived and died : at stone-age level, oblivious of the small little man in a castle in Portugal, whose schemes and determination would have such profound impact on their descendants.
Henry the Navigator sent out his men, and by the year 1500 Vasco da Gama had rounded the African coast to reach the lucrative Indian market. South Africa was now on the world map, - but only as a sign of hope of reaching somewhere else. The famous name of Cape of Good Hope says it all. The Portuguese were otherwise not interested in the country or its people, - even less after some lowly Hottentot chieftain had given one of their great captains and admirals a bloody hiding on the shores of the future Cape Town. And so everything remained as it was for another 150 years, till after the Portuguese hegemony had come to an end.
2. EARLY COLONIAL PERIOD [1652-1838]
On April, 4 1652 a Dutchman, Jan van Riebeeck set foot on African soil at what is now known as Cape Town. His mission was to establish a refreshment base for ships of the VOIC [Dutch East India Company]. Again, it was only as a means to a more lucrative end, - but at least now there was a permanent presence. Whatever the stately merchantmen of Amsterdam had in mind when they started the 'post', it soon took on a life of its own. The men and women who made this harsh new country their own, and their descendants, started to call themselves 'Afrikaners', and later 'Boers'. Slowly they became a new nation on its own, - being forged in the furnace of hardship and resistance, - be it against the excesses of the likes of Dutch Governor Willem Adriaan van der Stel, or against wild animals and an unforgiving nature in the vast interior, where the intrepid trekboer moved ever further away from the colonial authority. Towards the end of Dutch rule, the white tribe from the south had met up with the black tribes from the north, and for the next century or so the Eastern Cape would echo with the singing of spears, the booming of guns, and the cries of the fallen. The final take-over of the Cape Colony by the British in 1806 hardly caused a ripple, - the one colonial master just being replaced by another. The orchestrated alienation and humiliation by an ever more sanctimonious and treacherous British establishment, though, coupled to the ongoing murder, arson and cattle theft in the unprotected border districts, finally led to thousands of Boers turning their back on British sovereignty and trekking with their oxwagons over the Orange River into open no-man's land, which had been emptied by the marauding impi's of Chaka and Mzilikazi. It was only after unsuspecting families were slaughtered on the Vaal River, that Mzilikazi was chased out to Rhodesia. And it was only after Piet Retief and his unarmed peace delegation was speared by Dingaan's impi's, that the Zulus were beaten at Blood River. The wild and dangerous interior had been pacified.
The euphoria of the Boers of the Boer Republic of Natalia did not last long, however. Perfidious Albion soon annexed the green province, effectively cutting them off from the sea and a harbour. Most trekked back over the Drakensburg to join their brethren in the Transvaal and the Orange Free State, where London finally agreed in 1852 to give up all claims of sovereignty. The dream of freedom had been realized at last. With a short interruption in the Transvaal from 1877 to 1881, the Boer Republics now developed into model states, their farms and small towns dotting the grassy highveld, and the people leading modest, but happy lives.The discovery of diamonds and gold brought Britain back into their affairs. The diamonds of Kimberley could still be cut out and thrown to the greedy British lion to feed on. The gold, however, was sitting there right in the middle of the country around Johannesburg. Transvaal President Paul Kruger summed it up : 'You do not want the vote for foreigners, - you want my country!' What Leander Starr Jameson and his private invasion force was not able to do in 1895, the whole might of the British Empire was called up to do from 1899 to 1902 : The subjugation of the two Boer Republics and the exploitation of the lucrative gold mines by unscrupulous international bankers linked to London. But not without a fight. And what a fight it was. Outnumbered ten to one and more, the Boers fought the huge British Empire with such courage and elan, first on conventional battlefields and later as history's most successful guerrilla army, that the whole world applauded and admired them. That's where the support ended, though. By 1902 Britain's cruel and inhuman policy of genocide, putting all the women and children into concentration camps and letting them die there, had broken the Boers' spirit. They signed away their freedom at the Peace Treaty of Vereeniging.
5. SECOND REPUBLICAN PERIOD [1961-1994]
6. NEO COLONIAL PERIOD [1994 ...]