Orania founder Carel Boshoff dies

2011-03-16 16:26

Bloemfontein - Orania founder Professor Carel Boshoff died at his home on Wednesday morning at the age of 83.

"Orania lost a father figure with the death of Professor Carel Boshoff," said Jaco Kleynhans, CEO of the Orania Movement.

Kleynhans said Boshoff had been seriously ill during the past year from cancer, and his health deteriorated drastically last month.

He said Orania would go from strength to strength after Boshoff's death.

"Prof Carel was a father figure in our community, but sometimes it is required from the children to further develop what their father has started," said Kleynhans.

"It was also Professor Carel's last wish to us."

Afrikaner homeland

A former chair of the Broederbond, Boshoff was a pioneer of the idea of an independent Afrikaner homeland.

Born in Nylstroom, in the then Transvaal, on November 9 1927, he studied at the University of Pretoria, where he obtained a theology degree in 1951.

He then worked for ten years as a Dutch Reformed Church missionary in Lebowa and Soweto, during which time he completed an MA.

In 1967, he returned to the University of Pretoria to lecture in theology, and in 1968 was awarded a doctorate in divinity.

He later became dean of the faculty and Professor in Missionary Science.

In 1972, he was appointed chairperson of the South African Bureau for Racial Affairs (Sabra), a conservative think tank on race relations.

In the early seventies Boshoff, as Sabra chair, wanted the scrapping of the Section Ten rights that allowed a small proportion of black people to live permanently in urban areas in "white" South Africa.

Survival of whites
He declared there was no foundation for the claim that apartheid was immoral and warned that if the trends in growth of the number of blacks in white SA were not reversed, and at least ten million people resettled in the homelands over the following decade, "there cannot be any question of the survival of the white people in South Africa".

Boshoff maintained a separate white state was the only way to preserve white self determination, and ruled out a common economy with other "black" states.

In 1980, he succeeded Dr Gerrit Viljoen as chairperson of the influential Afrikaner secret society the Broederbond, but resigned from the body in 1983 in a dispute over his rejection of the government's plans for the tricameral constitution.

The following year he co-founded and became chair of the ultra-conservative Afrikaner Volkswag, which for a while served as the "cultural wing" of the Conservative Party.

He was a leading figure in the organisation of the far right's financially disastrous "alternative" Groot Trek centenary celebrations in 1988.

Saving Afrikaner

Boshoff resigned his chair in theology in 1988 in order to devote himself to saving the Afrikaner volk, and became full-time executive officer of the Afrikanervryheidstigting (Avstig), established to promote the idea of an Afrikaner Volkstaat.

He stepped down as national leader of the Voortrekkers, the Afrikaner equivalent to the Boy Scouts, in 1989 after controversy over his continuing role in the body, and warned that the movement would cease to exist if it opened its membership to all races.

In February that year he announced the proposed borders of the Volkstaat, which included southern Namibia and a large portion of the arid north western Cape and Karoo.

Asked why he chose this relatively desolate area, he said disarmingly: "Because nobody wants it."

In 1990, Boshoff held talks with members of the ANC, and in 1992 formally entered negotiations by submitting a report to a Codesa working group on behalf of Avstig.

He said he hoped to take part in multi-party negotiations with the government, the ANC and other organisations in 1993 in order to push his claims for white self determination.

Nobel prize

Avstig, he said, no longer insisted on acceptance of the complete political independence of the Afrikaner as a precondition to negotiation.

It also accepted there could be black and brown Afrikaners. The Volkstaat no longer need be populated by Afrikaners only, merely by a majority of Afrikaners.

In 1993, he was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by a Belgian neo-fascist group for his work in establishing Orania, a settlement on the Orange River which is a prototype-in-miniature for the Volkstaat.

He believed Orania could in time become the Silicon Valley of South Africa.

  • Charles Kane - 2011-03-16 16:35

    Condolences to his family. @ Poloyatonki - I am free but it sounds to me like you are not. Free yourself, brother.

  • Valis - 2011-03-16 16:39

    And all the racists come crawling out of the woodwork. Blacks are by far the most racist bunch of people in this country.

      Kaapie - 2011-03-16 17:12

      They call them Africanist. Jimmy and Paul and the new breed(Juliass) and their cronies, much like the Broederbond and history tells us they never lasted

  • Slapper - 2011-03-16 16:39

    Condolence to his family. I did not agree with his tactics or Program, but I respect him and his followers, for following their personal convictions. Oh! and making it work better than any ANC led community.

      Ntchwaidumel - 2011-03-16 16:44

      I agree... from what I know, it wasn't a society set up for racial segregation but more an attempt at protecting a specific culture. I can respect that.

  • Dissie - 2011-03-16 16:41

    'n Groot Seder het geval. Rus in Vrede Oom Carel en dankie vir alles wat jy vir ons opgeoffer het!

  • Gert - 2011-03-16 16:44

    Apartheid failed to free the Afrikaner,With the passing of oom Carel,We need new leadership to decide whether we must continue to live in Africa or choose some habitable African country or we go back to Europe and be intergrated with the communities there,otherwise we are doomed and leaderless.

      Greg - 2011-03-16 16:50

      These idealistic pronouncements like,"We need new leadership to decide whether we must continue to live in Africa or choose some habitable African country or we go back to Europe and be intergrated with the communities there" are what makes your tribe unacceptable. Where have you heard of people just choosing a country they think they should belong to?

      johanclaasen - 2011-03-16 16:56

      sorry Gert maar jy is heeltemal te vasgevang in jou eie klein wereldjie...

      Jayjay001 - 2011-03-16 16:58

      @ Gert - in case you haven't realised, Europe is full to the brim with Every last "Refugee" aka "economic migrant" escaping African/Asian and Middle Eastern persecution, corruption and cronyism. You're stuck, deal with it. Europe is at max capacity, streets of European Capitals seem like you're in Mumbai or Nairobi at times, not that most south Africans who claim Europe equals racism - crazy world . Especially with the global recession, they will certainly not allow people in.

  • Col - 2011-03-16 16:51

    ...will Orania (orange), now change to Swart?

  • johan - 2011-03-16 16:53

    ek het hom jare gelede ontmoet in n nie politieke verband en moet se hy was n baie aangename man, vriendelik skerp en ontvanklik

  • onetickie - 2011-03-16 16:54

    My condolences to the Boshoff family particularly and to the people of Orania. I am (unfortunately?) white and English and cannot speak Afrikaans but whilst so many condemn Orania and its people they forget the Boer War where the Afrikaans were faced with such adversity. As an English speaking person I was subjected to discrimination by the Afrikaans NP government. However whilst I would NEVER want to experience "apartheid" again I respect the right of the Afrikianers they right to a place in South Africa. Apartheid was appalling and wrong but we owe a lot to the Afrikaners both past and present for building an extremely wealthy country with better than current 1st world infrustructure. It was an Afrikaans politician (De Klerk) who gave the country to the ANC. It was the right thing to do but ......... they ANC grabbed it greedily & since 1994 have rapidly sent this beloved & beautiful country into a downward spiral of damnation & perdition. Thanks to the ANC to whom ALL lives were entrusted they have failed SA dismally. Orania has the right to be; if you don't like it (and I've never been there) then you just don't go there. There should be a place in the sun for everyone, not only in SA but around the world. I new very personally, police captain who arrested Verwoord. He was an Afrikaans man with huge dignity & insight who has passed on to a better place. I'm not a racist, I'm a realist.

  • SilentGenius - 2011-03-16 16:54

    Condolences to his family....a legend has fallen..

  • - 2011-03-16 16:55

    I went to Orania many years ago. I was married to an Afrikaaner whose sister had a farm close by. We occasionally went into the town to buy produce. One day there was no Coke. The Coke truck was not allowed into Orania because it was driven by a coloured gentleman. Then we tried to buy milk. None available because the local farmer used coloured people to milk the cows and they wouldn't buy that milk!! Enough said

      francois.roux1 - 2011-03-16 17:08

      Then you woke up you couldn't see because your ass folded over your head. Factless claims, if you've ever even read any of the many articles written and watched some of the documentaries that has been made of Orania you'd know that nothing you just farted out of your mouth that has recently been covered by your ass is true...

      Kaapie - 2011-03-16 17:16

      I remember back in the day when were werent allowed in by the front door of shops and had to stand outside @ a window. Only whites were allowed into the shops( happened in many small towns)

  • zulufox - 2011-03-16 16:59

    So, the people of the Republic of Orania will declare a public holiday? Fly the flag at half-mast at their parliament and other government buildings? What a bunch of jokers! May his soul rest in peace though...

  • Santapola - 2011-03-16 16:59

    He was old...and they can close that small section now

  • onetickie - 2011-03-16 17:00

    Mr Editor: why will you not post my comments on this death? It is not offensive and I have the right to allow readers just on my comments???

  • Johann - 2011-03-16 17:05

    Just ignore Idiots like poloyatonki! If you respond to the likes of that you bring your self down to his intellectual level .

  • Santapola - 2011-03-16 17:06

    !@Gert..there is no one who is holding a gun on ur head to stay in Africa..who said in Europe they want people smelly like you? they might also reject fact you do not belong anywhere...Go asshole and hang yourself..u will meet ur top brass there..hihihi..

      Jan - 2011-03-16 17:13

      Holding a gun ON your head... (Rolls eyes) You probably slapped your teacher around... "Eish I'm not staying ON this school anymore"

      Loverock - 2011-03-16 17:14

      @Santapola - it should read : "gun to your head"....... Why become abusive and make the attack personal - is it because you disagree, if so, attack the statement, not the person - will show that you are intellegent and can reason. Where does he belong - he was maybe born in Africa, just like you - does it matter where our forefathers are from and do we all know where they are from?

  • GH - 2011-03-16 17:32

    I was not free during Apartheid. I am not free today either. The struggle against prejudice and discrimination continues. Do you not bleed red, just like me?

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