Freedom Front Plus (FF+) currently has 4 seats out of 400 in the South African parliament. In 1999, it had 3 seats and in 1994 it had 9 seats. In 2001, Gen. Viljoen retired and was replaced by Pieter Mulder as the head of FF+.
Today, we are interviewing Col. Piet Uys, the Secretary-General of Freedom Front since 1994, on the current goals and actions of the Freedom Front Plus. Prior to joining the FF, he served in the South African Army for 26 years, retiring with the rank of Colonel.
Q: What is FF+ doing currently to achieve independence or autonomy for Afrikaners?
A: Firstly, we are building the party in terms of organisation and members. The party is slowly becoming the only party in the country, and the world, who speaks on behalf of all the Afrikaners in the world. Our experience has shown that the present government reacts to pressure, and only the strong can exert pressure. We, therefore, participate in every municipal election where we have support, to enable our supporters to cast their votes in our favour. We have seen a steady indicator of growing support.
Secondly, we propagate minority rights and self-determination for all cultural groups as a prerequisite for a prosperous and happy country. This we do, not only for the Afrikaner people, but for al those other ethnic and cultural groups in the country who are starting to feel marginalised or threatened by the majority in the country.
We claim all the rights provided for in the United Nations 1992 Declaration of the Rights of Minorities.
During the negotiation phase between the previous government and the ANC, in 1992/93, the Afrikaner people managed to arrange an Accord amongst the ANC, the National Party (then the governing party), and the Freedom Front. It was signed on 23 April 1993, and it still stands! This Accord, amongst others, makes provision for a territorial component in the self-determination we seek.
Following this Accord, the party will soon commence talks with the Thabo Mbeki administration, in order to remind them of the contents of the Accord, and that we want the governments answers on these issues.
Q: Would you be satisfied with autonomy in the short-term?
A: We will be satisfied with a system of autonomy that provides for the following :
1. Free and open access to employmentat the moment we suffer under the regulations of Affirmative Action, which effectively prevent young Whites from entering the jobs-market.
2. Control and management of our own Department of Education, and access for our childern to schools teaching in our own language.
3. The preservation of at least two universities where teaching in our language will be allowed.
4. The guarantee that the principle of the rights to private property will be safe.
5. The ability to train, at the university, Afrikaans speaking teachers, who will not only study in our language, but who will also be able to teach that language as a subject.
6. The freedom to run our own local affairs via our own municipalities, where Afrikaners are concentrated in significant numbers. (We have lost all our municipalities, except oneOrania.)
7. The freedom to establish our own Afrikaner Council, who will be our own Representative Body.
8. The freedom to arrange our own cultural affairs, like own TV, own Radio, etc.
Q: Would the ANC potentially agree to autonomy?
A: Yes, if it is to their benefit. They will be surprised at the large amount of goodwill that will be generated when Afrikaners regain autonomy!
Q: When it became clear that Afrikaners will no longer be able to govern the RSA and Nelson Mandelas African National Congress (ANC) will likely take over reigns of the country, a group of Afrikaners bought an abandoned, remote village of Orania and ever since have tried to create an Afrikaner-only autonomy, refusing to hire other, namely Blacks, to do their labor, and even issuing their own money. What is the FF+ view of Orania and do you cooperate with their leadership?
A: The Freedom Front has a direct interest in the success of Orania, and also assists their information desk with a small financial contribution. Orania has growed considerably over the past 10 years, and has also increased in size. The secret of its success lies not only in money, but also in sustainable projects, and in the principle of Afrikaners doing their own labour, whether it be highly skilled scientific work, or manual labour! Never again must we rely on another ethnic group to do our work! You are invited to visit their website at www.orania.co.za