Letter from South Africa

Dan Roodt, American Renaissance, April 24, 2017

We used to pray, and then we fought. Now we pray.
Old Map of South Africa

South Africa circa 1905

This note is in reply to F. Roger Devlin’s excellent review of Hermann Giliomee’s history of the Afrikaner people, which was posted yesterday. I know Hermann Giliomee, and we sometimes exchange an email or two.

My criticism of his book is that it is too academic and encyclopedic and does not go to the heart of the problem, which is our struggle with real enemies: avaricious Brits when gold was discovered, then the communists, Soviets, Cubans, the USA under Carter that actively fomented revolution, the Swedish Social Democrats who financed the ANC and the Communist Party, etc.

We also had to fight the liberals in our own ranks: some Afrikaners, but until recently mostly wealthy, decadent English-speakers in Johannesburg and Cape Town who never felt any real patriotism or connection with our country. J.B.M. Hertzog, a fine prime minister from the first half of the 20th century, described them as “foreign fortune-seekers.” These days, of course, many of these people and the media they control have turned virulently anti-white and anti-Afrikaner, and are agitating side by side with ideologically crazed, Marxist blacks to turn South Africa into “just another African country.”

It is easy for Americans to say to us: “Just abandon your country and your stake in it for a new life elsewhere.” But who is to say that our children will not meet the same fate elsewhere as they face white capitulation, expediency, decadence, liberal values, etc.? At least here we still have a proud tradition, and a core of rational people who suffer under this system but do not accept it. Many Europeans who visit South Africa say they feel more at home here than in their own countries, where politically correctness prevents them from expressing their opinions. If you say in Sweden, “I love my country,” you are called a fascist and a Nazi. At least here you can still say that.

Africa is full of blacks who are supported by the West in the form of aid and handouts. They have no military or economic power, and even a small country like Belgium could probably conquer sub-Saharan Africa tomorrow. Most South African blacks are not much of a threat to us either, unless they form looting mobs or gangs which, alas, happens often.

The real danger to us is the ideology of liberalism/Marxism. Someone once said that “Marxism was the bastard child of liberalism,” and he was right. It arms the mob and protects blacks in court if they are ever get caught. So our real enemy is the internationalist whites here who behave exactly like US liberals or European socialists, and believe in a post-racial, “brown” future. Essentially they want us to be physically absorbed by the black population and culturally absorbed by global American culture.

Here in Johannesburg, the English-speaking white teenagers listen to American rap with the most appalling lyrics. They have no identity and are easily manipulated by advertising and the media. I also see many mixed couples among them, and their liberal parents have no objections.

We must take the fight to the white liberals, who are the hidden hand in this whole black revolution slowly destroying the country. If we could get rid of them or neutralize them, we could work out a new dispensation, get more immigrants from Europe, and rebuild ourselves.

But we also need a new history book to replace the one by Hermann Giliomee. A new history would be more concise, and would show the real forces in conflict here. For the first 150 years, Holland could hold off England, but in 1806 the British took over and immediately brought in their “philanthropic” missionaries who turned the administration against the local whites. During the 1980s the Anglican Church funneled Swedish money to the South African Communist Party from a secret office right in St. Paul’s Cathedral. The BBC, Guardian and other media are virulently anti-white—as is the New York Times, of course—but they take a special interest in South Africa to make sure that whites and especially Afrikaners continue on their downward path.

The communists never had any electoral support. Even now the South African Communist Party (SACP) doesn’t even field candidates. Yet they control the ANC, the universities, and most of the media. They conquered the country through terrorism, propaganda, and foreign money from Sweden, the Netherlands, American liberals, and others. Thatcher and Reagan supported us to some extent, but eventually our stupid leaders capitulated under the barrage of hysterical propaganda from the Western media—the same people who hate Donald Trump, Marine Le Pen, and Geert Wilders.

Instead of emigrating, we should persuade the white liberals to emigrate—and then replace them with Europeans and Americans who share our values and ideals. Out of a white population of 4.6 million, there are probably only about 100,000 to 200,000 liberals, but they are very powerful, control vast wealth and many institutions, and are also supported by Soros’ Open Society Foundation, the EU, the US government, and even Russia. Ironically, because Russia backed the ANC and the SACP during the Soviet era, it still clings to its “old friends.”

Five million committed whites could easily take back South Africa, re-order it, and encourage outward emigration of blacks to other African countries. We have a history of good ideas for political solutions. P.W. Botha, prime minister from 1978 to 1984, proposed a quasi-democratic “tricameral parliament,” in which whites had a veto over the other chambers. Botha is nowadays rejected by both liberals and conservatives; the former see him as a “hardline defender of apartheid,” while the latter regard him as a closet liberal and reformer who moved away from strict segregation. Here are some quotations from him that show his true colors:

The people who are opposing the policy of apartheid have not the courage of their convictions. They do not marry non-Europeans.

I am one of those who believe that there is no permanent home for even a section of the Bantu in the white area of South Africa and the destiny of South Africa depends on this essential point. If the principle of permanent residence for the black man in the area of the white is accepted then it is the beginning of the end of civilization as we know it in this country.

Others can be found here.

Botha was no intellectual, but a practical politician and good organizer who built up our military as defense minister. He was a man of integrity who did not capitulate in the face of international pressure, which is why he is hated to this day. I visited him twice before his death in his neat, spacious home on the Southern Cape Coast at Wilderness. He was 90 at the time, still lucid and well spoken, but heartbroken at what had happened after having fought his whole life against black rule.

South Africa was much better off when the world hated us. We don’t need anyone; we grow our own food and meet all our basic needs. Even if we don’t have any foreign currency, we still have billions of dollars worth of minerals underground that we could sell to China or India if the West again tried to boycott us. With more whites—10 million—could dominate all of Africa and once again secure the entire continent’s vast resources.

What we lack now is the will to fight. Just this last weekend hundreds of thousands of Afrikaners streamed to Bloemfontein to listen to an English preacher, Angus Buchan, a charismatic televangelist who prayed that “all the races should unite against evil and corruption.” As if ANC politicians would ever put an end to the corruption that fills their pockets!

In the old days, at the battles of Blood River, Vegkop and others, we prayed and then we fought. Now we just pray, and it is the likes of Angus Buchan who pray for us. Like whites everywhere, we must fight.

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Dan Roodt

Dr. Roodt studied at the University of the Witwatersrand and the University of Paris. He founded the Pro-Afrikaans Action Group (PRAAG) in 2000.

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