Afrikaner group to talk to government about independence

2014-07-23 13:16

Members of an Afrikaner group who call themselves the Boere-Afrikaner Volksraad view forthcoming talks with the government as a step closer to their “right for self-determination for our own people in a peaceful way”.

“The Boer Afrikaner people are distinctive people and we have been fighting for the past two [decades] to gain our independence,” Andries Breytenbach, chairperson of the Boere-Afrikaner Volksraad, said in Pretoria today.

“We see the willingness of government to hold talks with us in a positive light.”

The discussions Breytenbach says will include President Jacob Zuma, his deputy Cyril Ramaphosa or both, will be held before the end of August and will consist of the concept of territorial self-determination for the “Boere-Afrikaner people”.

This follows a recent court application by the Boere-Afrikaner Volksraad to have their own state.

“In a letter received on July 17 from the State Attorney, the Volksraad was told that government chose to settle this issue through negotiations rather than litigation,” he said.

Breytenbach, who could not give the exact number of members in the organisation, said a possible poll among Afrikaners who want their own state would form part of the talks with government.

“We want a country of our own where we are allowed to run our own affairs.

“We were a self-governing nation before 1994 and then we lost our independence. We are a minority and have no influence in the political course South Africa is taking,” he said.

“If we can attain our own territory, we can be a stabilising factor for the whole southern Africa region.”

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