Is the right wing’s future going to pot?

2010-10-31 13:06

South Africa’s white right wing has made the great trek to cyberspace.

These days they dwell in a spectrum of bellicose blogs and websites in virtual reality, where their jeremiads against their black government are heavily clothed in racist ­vernacular forbidden by law in the real South Africa.

They also indulge in never-ending boeretwis (brother strife) among themselves, fingering and discussing traitors, sell-outs, infiltrators, government agents and those in their midst who lack integrity.

The battle for the hearts and minds of what remains of South ­Africa’s white right wing is fierce ­indeed.

Former Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging (AWB) secretary-general Andre Visagie estimates that about 120 right-wing groups inhabit ­virtual space.

But most of them, Visagie muses, consist of “three men and a ­website”.

Examples of extreme right-wing “boer” websites are www.boerevryheid.co.za, www.boervolk.com and www.stormfront.org.

Are they dangerous, willing to risk their lives in the same kind of terrorist war as the Boeremag is alleged to have done?

Do they have leaders able enough to gather them into a military force?

Eugene Terre’Blanche’s murder on his Ventersdorp farm earlier this year silenced the voice of the right wing’s most ­effective orator and crowd-puller.

For a while Suidlander leader Gustav Muller, also known as the Uhuru prophet of doom, was ­regarded as Terre’Blanche’s heir.

In recent years his Night of the Long Knives prophecies, predicting the wholesale slaughter of whites by their black compatriots, have scared the hell out of recipients of doomsday SMSes.

But Muller’s cries of wolf so ­consistently turned out to be ­unfounded that he has become a ­figure of ridicule.

After his latest failure (his World Cup worries were proved nonsense by the maintenance of proper law and order) his income promptly dried up.

According to his website he cannot even afford “a small bunch of flowers” for his wife.

The website recently begged ­people to pay Muller a salary by sending SMSes, at R8 a pop, to a designated number.

Only 172 people responded, paying Muller a measly R1 376.

Muller will not be the new right wing Moses. Neither will the leaders of the two factions that inherited ET’s political estate.

The AWB promptly split after ET’s death. One faction inherited the organisation’s name, the other ET’s ­widow.

The AWB under new management is headed by a level-headed Free State farmer, Steyn van der Ronge.

The fire-brand split-off Geloftevolk-faction is headed by Visagie.

Van der Ronge made speeches in public recently in which he declared himself, to Visagie’s disgust, ­prepared to function within the ­legal boundaries of the new South Africa.

But is Visagie willing to challenge the law for the love of the ­“Boerestaat”, that exclusively white political Shangri-la under the ­Vierkleur flag advocated by the rightest of right-wing groups?

These are the right-wingers who are so right wing that they refuse to be known as Afrikaners.

Afrikaners, they say, are “those who are willing to go up in the new South Africa”.

They call themselves “Boere” with a capital B.

Does Visagie have enough guts to go to war with the likes of these?

Probably not.

He pointed out that right-wing movements were thoroughly ­infiltrated by government agents posing as fellow right-wingers, as demonstrated in the Boeremag ­trial.

Under the circumstances it was not possible to train cadres and/or to assemble arsenals.

In an interview this week, ­Boeremag-accused Lets Pretorius asked City Press to write about the fact that he had asked President Jacob Zuma to pardon all political crimes before he came to power?– an act which would also free the ­Boeremag members on trial.

When asked if they would not go and plant bombs in Soweto again if that happened, Pretorius replied: “It will not happen. I can tell you the men are disillusioned with so many things.”

So where does this leave the right wing? Do they have any authority or drive left?

Earlier this month police arrested an ex-recce and legendary right winger Willem Ratte, alias Die Kommandant, at a farm near Balmoral in Mpumalanga.
 
The police also confiscated ammunition, an unlicensed weapon and a quantity of dagga?– allegedly found in the quarters of a number of young white men who, the right wing insists, were there for “welding training”.

Does the Boerestaat’s future lie in the hands of these “green” ­youngsters?


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