‘I still love apartheid’

2011-04-23 00:00

JOHANNESBURG — A dominee of the Reformed Church congregation Zoutpansberg in Louis Trichardt has declared on his Facebook page that “I still love apartheid and am a racist”. The information is part of “basic information” about himself.

“I only speak and read Afrikaans. Am a language purist and theological fundamentalist,” Piet Van der Merwe said on the entry.

This comes at a time when the Reformed Church is in crisis after it last year rejected apartheid, among others, because it is “in conflict” with Christ’s gospel”.

When the dominee said that he is a racist, he said, he didn’t mean in the political sense, but like the dictionary defines it, “to give preference to your own race”.

That is why he married an Afrikaner girl and not a black woman or a Russian, he said. All those in the church who “had internal bleeding” (from being upset about his remark) had also married white women.



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