Protest over reported Kleinfontein racism

2013-05-22 20:47
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Johannesburg - The reported racial exclusion policies of Kleinfontien farm settlement, near Pretoria, will be the target of a Democratic Alliance Youth protest on Thursday.

The settlement, which reportedly only accepts "white, Afrikaans Protestants who abide by the Blood River Covenant" as residents or workers, had no place in a democratic South Africa, DA Youth leader Mbali Ntuli said on Wednesday.

"We cannot allow racial nationalists on the extreme fringes of South African politics to try and bring apartheid back."

The protest aimed to liberate Kleinfontein residents from their "apartheid mindsets".

"While others divide, we will unite," Ntuli said.

"Tomorrow we will show South Africa what a reconciled and prosperous nation looks like."

Details of the planned protest would be released later.

Earlier, government expressed dismay that there were still citizens who did not want to integrate into a democratic South Africa.

"This disintegration is extremely disappointing, as it perpetuates the ills of the apartheid era," acting government spokesperson Phumla Williams said.

"Such acts were the main causes of a divided South Africa," she said.

She was reacting to a report in The Times that residents of Kleinfontein settlement had vowed that only Afrikaners would be allowed to live there.


According to the newspaper, all the settlement's residents, from the security guards at the gate to the gardeners, were Afrikaans.

Williams said all South Africans were governed by the Constitution, which catered for people of all races and religions.

She said Kleinfontein residents benefited from government services.

"We strongly discourage them from lobbying for the town to be declared independent from the Tshwane municipality, as this will be contrary to the Constitution of this country."

The Times reported that Kleinfontein's controlling body chairperson Jan Groenewald said it would lobby the Tshwane municipality for the settlement to be declared independent.

"Eventually, the African National Congress government will have to approve what we are doing here," he was quoted as saying.

Groenewald told the newspaper a resident had to be "an Afrikaner with Voortrekker heritage, a Protestant Christian, and abide by the Blood River covenant".

"We do not think in terms of race, we think in terms of culture... [but] you cannot ignore the fact that we have different races. That is the reality," he reportedly said.

Residents included the leaders of several rightwing groups, but the community's directors kept them in line, he said.

"We do not fly the South African flag because [South Africa] is a unitary state - the reason we find ourselves in this situation."

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