In South Africa, the Boere-Afrikaner Volksraad (“people’s council”), or B.A.V., which represents white South Africans of Dutch ancestry (known as Boers or Afrikaners), said this month that South Africa’s government had provisionally agreed to discuss the possibility of a new province designated for Afrikaners.
|Former Boer and Griqua (mixed-race Afrikaner) republics in what is now South Africa.|
Breytenbach makes no bones about the fact that the ultimate goal is not just something along the lines of KwaZulu–Natal, a South African province which is majority Zulu and named for the traditional Zulu kingdom but otherwise simply one of nine provinces of equal status. The B.A.V. wants an autonomous region, and eventually an independent state. Afrikaners, he explained, naturally wish to be governed by Afrikaners. After all, he said, “Germans want to be governed by Germans, Japanese people want to be governed by Japanese”—though he could perhaps have chosen two examples with slightly different resonances if he is wishing to win people over to his argument. After all, the Boers were the architects of apartheid, the cruel system of racial segregation and disenfranchisement which they imposed after the Second World War—mainly out of anger at the then-ethnic-English-dominated government’s decision to join the Allies in the war instead of the Axis powers that Boers tended to sympathize with.
|The flag of the Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging, or Afrikaner Resistance Movement,|
betrays modern Boer nationalism’s roots in pro-Nazi sympathies.
|F. W. de Klerk, a Dutch-descended Afrikaner, handed the South African|
presidency to Nelson Mandela in 1994.
|The official flag of the white-supremacist micronation Orania|
|President Jacob Zuma|
|When Bophuthatswana tried to keep its “independent” status as apartheid ended,|
armed Boer radicals sided with them—and things deteriorated from there.
Some of Mayana’s other ideas for Winnie Mandela Province are less savory. He wants elephants to be openly harvested for body parts that can be sold to China, and he rails against “the Jews who are in control of [Western Cape] province.”
|South Africa’s provinces, before 1994 (in inset) and now|
[You can read more about countless separatist and new-nation movements, both famous and obscure, in my new book, a sort of encyclopedic atlas just published by Litwin Books under the title Let’s Split! A Complete Guide to Separatist Movements and Aspirant Nations, from Abkhazia to Zanzibar. The book, which contains 46 maps and 554 flags (or, more accurately, 554 flag images), is available for order now on Amazon. Meanwhile, please “like” the book (even if you haven’t read it yet) on Facebook and see this interview for more information on the book.]