Outcomes determine credibility

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By Frans de Klerk

One matter on which there is probably great unanimity among most Afrikaners is that South Africa has deep-seated problems and that this poses major risks to sustainable quality of life and survival.

However, how to face these challenges is a completely different question and opinions on this are diverse. Whatever anyone’s opinion may be in this regard, one matter stands like a pillar above water: a plan will have to be made and executed if Afrikaners want to ensure a free existence for themselves.

Broadly speaking, there are three points of view regarding Afrikaners’ circumstances in South Africa. These positions underpin thoughts and opinions regarding the way forward, but the outcomes will ultimately determine the credibility of the respective positions. Next, each point of view is briefly considered and the outcomes of each are assessed.

Nostalgia

Among especially left-leaning Afrikaners, there is a deep nostalgia for the period of the political transition in 1994 and the subsequent period of rule of President Mandela. The five years under Mandela left many with the feeling that South Africa did have a black government, but that the rule of law had been established and the country was going to develop a prosperous free market economy.

Regular elections thereafter also reinforced the view that democracy in South Africa is well established and that if the ANC underperforms, it will easily be replaced by a new party or coalition. After all, the country has a good Constitution that enshrines these rights.

The starting point is that South Africa currently has a government problem and not a dispensation problem. Great hopes are placed on the upcoming election that a coalition will come to power that will establish better government.

However, an analysis of previous election results clearly shows that South Africa does not essentially have a democratic election every five years, but rather a racial census. Those entitled to vote therefore rather vote along the lines of their ethnic identity, than for a specific party’s policy.

For example, a decrease in support from the ANC led to an increase in support for the EFF and the DA’s poor performance in the previous election was the gain of the Freedom Front Plus. Black people therefore predominantly vote for black parties and white people predominantly for white parties. Even the DA, which continuously presents itself as a liberal non-racial party, has not yet managed to muster more than 6% black support.

Said trend is likely to be strengthened with the upcoming election with the MK party gaining strong support among Zulus and Gayton McKenzie’s PA with a large support base among colored people. Regardless of the fact that opinion polls show that the ANC’s support could probably drop below 50%, the fact remains that black parties will still get the majority support and will probably form a coalition. Vested interests will get priority and the ANC cadres will probably look for partners who want to eat with them at the trough, rather than parties who want to remove them from there.

Afrikaners who therefore place their hopes on the upcoming election to create a new reality are likely to be disappointed. Nothing has changed about the demographic reality, and what lies ahead for the country will, presumably, be more of the same.

Since left-wing Afrikaners cannot conceive of any new reality other than the current constitutional framework, they also have no other plans than to hope for a change of government by way of an election. Like the last thirty years, hope will unfortunately be disappointed.

A better past

Just as many left-wing Afrikaners nostalgically yearn back to the Mandela era, there are also Afrikaners who yearn back to the political dispensation that preceded the transition in 1994. As if the clock could be turned back.

Many Afrikaners who hold this point of view are paralyzed by the establishment of the new dispensation and are unable to devise and develop a creative alternative to it. A culture of shifting responsibility and a victim mentality has taken hold as if Afrikaners have been politically castrated and that creating a hopeful future is no longer possible.

This premise is particularly reflected in social media and in reactions to newspaper articles with degrading and sometimes crude racist comments. No workable plan is put on the table and existing initiatives to create new realities are disparaged. Nothing to show, but a lot to say.

Part of this group also keeps themselves busy with endless political debates regarding, for example, who is an Afrikaner or unfeasible ideas such as the re-establishment of the old Boer republics. The dreams are big, but the sense of reality is lacking and nothing will come of these ideas either.

Independence

The political middle ground among Afrikaners is today occupied by people and institutions who believe that the only path to a free, safe and prosperous future for Afrikaners is the path to greater independence. Greater independence simply means taking responsibility for your own future and creating new cultural, economic and political realities.

It is a strategy of growing independence that accepts the realities of the country within which the majority of Afrikaners find themselves, but does not rely on them. It is a strategy that is not primarily dependent on the goodwill and actions of others, but inspires Afrikaners to take action to take their future into their own hands.

This school of thought gained new momentum with the recent launch and signing of the Afrikaner Declaration where leading institutions and opinion makers committed themselves to the following, among other things:

  • The confirmation of the identity of Afrikaners as an indigenous community in Africa;
  • The need to create cultural infrastructure and spaces for Afrikaners;
  • The confirmation of the Afrikaner’s republican tradition; and
  • The need to work together with the other communities in South Africa for a better future.

Credibility

The credibility of any idea or strategy is ultimately tested by the outcomes or results achieved. Management expert Peter Drucker rightly observed: “Strategy is a commodity, execution is an art“.

This is also what distinguishes the supporters of the independence strategy from alternative political schools of thought and viewpoints: The ability to not only talk politics and devise strategy, but also the ability to transform ideas into feasible projects and create new realities there. set.

This is exactly the reason why the institutions of the Solidarity Movement have grown so strongly in the last few decades. Institutions such as an own Afrikaans university, a vocational training college, a social support institution and security neighborhood watches throughout the country have been established, to name but a few examples. The results lay the foundation for growth and anyone can see it. Feasible plans that are successfully executed and create hope!

This is also exactly the same reason why Orania is working step by step to make its dream of self-determination for Afrikaners a reality. The proponents of the idea did not stop at talking, but jumped in and established an independent town with its own institutions and its own economy. A town on its way to a city that is on the verge of becoming energy independent. A place where Afrikaners can be free and live in harmony with their environment.

That is why Orania continues to grow, because Orania has a plan that is executed and the success that is achieved releases new energy and leads to growing involvement, establishment and investment in the town.

A metaphor that illustrates the point well is Elijah’s confrontation with the prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel as written in 1 Kings 18. It was Elijah, as a believer, who could make the fire come down from heaven and show the people who the speak the truth The Baal prophets, despite their loud cries and self-reproach, could not achieve the desired result. The rhetoric does not establish the credibility. The outcomes do.

For Afrikaners there is now the opportunity to become part of a strong independence movement. To not be victims of their circumstances, but to roll up their sleeves for a hopeful future.

  • Frans de Klerk is head of the Orania Development Company.