AfriForum spokesperson Ian Cameron tells Tim Modise that the gathering of Afrikaner organisations under the ‘Toekoms’ or Future rubric has decided to protect the Afrikaner culture and language through the establishment of a private university. He says the university is partially operational and is registered with the government. He says his organisation embarked on ten-days of reliance where they helped municipalities fix the roads and collect refuse. Cameron argues that their agenda is not racially motivated and that they have attracted membership from other communities.
Ian Cameron, thanks very much for talking to us here at Biznews. I’m very keen to understand what the ‘ToekomsBeraad’ held by the different Afrikaner formations was about, this past weekend.
It’s a great question, Tim. We got together with all of the organisations that fall under the Solidarity Movement, to discuss what future we can build in South Africa. The aim is to look at what we can have developed by 2020, and the reason for this is we see that there’s increasing attack on our culture and of us being in the country. For example, there’s no attention to Afrikaans at universities (a great example to use) where they keep saying things like ‘Afrikaans has to leave. It needs to make way for other things’ and therefore, we decided to start making other plans. We started a project as well – Ten Days of Self-Reliance – where we started to do certain services by ourselves in different areas. For example, fixing potholes and fixing electricity or streetlights, etcetera.