U.S. Newswire, June 7, 2006
To: National and International desks
Contact: Henry Pinkham, 011-2712-332-4500 or [email protected]
CAPE TOWN, South Africa, June 7, U.S. Newswire — The following statement on recent developments on Boere Nationalism was released today by the Boervolk Freedom Foundation:
History is underway in South Africa once again, as the Boere, an indigenous white ethnic nation in its own right, declare their sovereignty and push for a separate homeland within the country that saw blacks legally disband the Apartheid system some 10 years ago.
Dr. Lets Pretorius, spokesman for the Boer nation (Boerevolk), and Mr. Riaan Smith, an attorney, met with met with Adv. Cetswayo and Mr. LH Mapholaba from the office of the Speaker of the South African Parliament on May 25th to discuss The Majuba Declaration, the Boervolk’s formal demand for an independent homeland. The Cape Town meeting was organized by The Boerevolk Freedom Foundation, which is driving the push for self-determination.
The following statements were put forward during the meeting:
1. The Boerevolk is a definite entity and must be recognized as such.
2. There is a distinct difference between a Boer and an Afrikaner.
3. The Majuba Declaration is legally sound, based on section 235 of the Constitution of South Africa.
Smith and Dr. Pretorius then demanded that:
1. The Boerevolk Freedom Foundation, and the Boerevolk, be institutionally recognized. The Foundation will be the formal mouthpiece of the Boerevolk until the election of representatives or deputies of the Boerevolk has been held.
2. A forum be created to discuss related matters and demands of the Boerevolk.
It was agreed that this forum will be held by the end of June, and will consist of delegations from both Parliament and the Boerevolk. The Parliamentary delegation will include the Chairman of the Constitutional Committee; the Minister of Agriculture of Land and Environmental Affairs, to address the Zimbabwe-like land grab currently taking place in South Africa; the Minister of Justice, to address the injustices against the Boerevolk taking place in South Africa’s legal system; the Minister of Safety and Security, to address the murders of farmers, and Black-on-Boere crime taking place.
The Chairman of Human Rights of Minorities at the United Nations, Mr. Stauffenhagen, has also received the Majuba Declaration.
For the first time in more than 100 years, the Boerevolk are actually being represented in South Africa. After 1902, they lost their freedom and were incorporated into the Afrikaner group and later into “White” South Africa under the Apartheid system.
For further information about the Boerevolk, please contact Henry Pinkham at [email protected] , telephone 011-2712 — 332-4500. South African time is seven hours ahead of EST.
Listen to The Right Perspective, heard live every Friday 10 p.m. ET over shortwave WWCR 3.215 MHz and the Internet at http://www.therightperspective.com , for “Hello, Africa!,” the official radio show of the Boerevolk.