Never had I thought, could the day come that I would defend Orania. Perhaps defend is too strong a word. Let me elaborate why the so-called last racist enclave of the Boere deserves a modicum of clemency, even justification.
The parallels to that what the Oranians are criticised for cannot be ignored. Are there really differences between the Orania group and associations for black lawyers, accountants, engineers, farmers etc? The government for that matter?
A criterion of AA/EE/BEE is inter alia race. Today the determination of an individual’s race is as dubious and as arbitrary and reprehensible as was pre-’94, but recent court cases such as the DCS and Renate Barnard fiascos clearly show the preference of the government to continue with this farce, and at times allow departments to act outside the law.
Orania citizens claim that they want to preserve the Afrikanerdom's cultural heritage. If certain people are excluded from the Orania community and economy based on cultural values, can it not be argued that it is the same criteria applied by all associations whose name somewhere has the word black in it, and who claim exclusivity for themselves?
It has been commented on various occasions that the people of Orania perpetuate apartheid. It is well known that the Oranians have no people of colour working for them. Perpetuating the apartheid meme of oppression, making use of cheap labour, the “farm baas raping the innocent farm labourer” (as one commenter on more than one occasion asserted), police brutality, appointing unqualified white people to jobs in preference to blacks and similar indictments, appear somewhat difficult to achieve.
One could reflect that Robinson Crusoe, before the advent of Man Friday, was easily one of the most devoted Christians of that time, as there was no ox or neighbour’s wife to covet, nor anything to steal or someone to murder, divorce, or slander, and he by all appearances did not have much time to duplicate the Cristo Redentor, or even any other bovine object.
Rammsteen very eloquently stated a while ago his sporadic need to be alone. I can resonate with that and offer a certain passage from Psalms:
“Oh, for wings like a dove, to fly away and rest!
I would fly to the far-off deserts and stay there.
I would flee to some refuge from all this storm.”
Many South Africans today find refuge that so often prove to be of Miltonian character; behind wire augmented by barbs, electricity and electronic surveillance. Entrance is guarded by Gabriel wearing an ADT uniform, and as effective today as guarding the Paradise against Lucifer was then.
Should one be blamed for wanting to search for sanctuary from our daily toll of murder, rape and violence? Blamed for sanctuary amongst one’s own and that what is familiar? Blamed for just wanting to leave, walk away from the daily reports of misappropriation of tax money, of inefficiencies, cadre deployment, nepotism and the rest of the gamut of sickening acts that should not be tolerated by any government, and especially one that claims personal acquaintance with a Higher Power?
Orania unfortunately have not developed the ability to identify the snake and therefore as precaution locked the gates on their mini-paradise. Did the residents trade one hell for another, albeit so well disguised that it currently shames the Trojan Horse? Time will tell. But they certainly do not experience having to lose their friends and family to bedlam, and the very fabric of their community steadily reduced to what we were when fire was an invention.
As for them pretending that the troubled Paradise the rest of us live in is a racial issue that needs to be addressed by further racism; my sincerest wishes for eternal purgatory.
Maybe David Kramer should sing a new song. The Revelation about the dogs inside paradise......
Dedicated to Gordon and Lorraine Adam, Dawie de Villiers, Robin McGregor, Anita and Stephanus Joubert, and every person murdered today. May you all RIP.