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WILLEM RATTE - THE LEGEND- HIS STRUGGLE FOR THE AFRIKANER NATION- AND HIS FIGHT AGAINST THE TERRORIST ANC ONSLAUGHT
Willem Ratte - the Legend
The life and ideals of a German Boer
in the fight for freedom and justice in South Africa
Christina, Wimpie, Johannes and Maria
First Edition July 1996
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This modest booklet would not have appeared had it not been for the assistance given to me by Mrs Zaanzie Ratte and Mr Horst Graefe. The photographs of the Ombili Foundation were made available by Mr Dawid van der Merwe; those from the fifties to eighties are personal property of the Ratte family, and we are indebted to them for making these available. The remaining photographs were taken by the author. Thanks are also due to my wife Tina for her patient proofreading or the original manuscript.
This first edition was written in five very hectic days and sleepless nights. We ask for the reader's indulgence in this respect; a comprehensive biography of Willem Ratte should not be expected. Neither were the following pages intended to be a comprehensive historical study or a political manifesto. However, I did make a special effort to respond to the request, voiced by many concerned and sympathetic persons, to produce a review of Willem Ratte's life, ideals and influence
to date as soon as possible. The decisive reason for publishing this book is as simple as it is tragic. The South African government under Nelson Mandela is being confronted by a tremendous legal scandal - and it is keeping silent. It is silencing it to death. In the interests of justice and humanity, this silence must
be broken. Numerous highly esteemed and serious-minded international organisations and interest groups, but also idealistic individuals have realised the seriousness of the situation, heeded the call of the moment and intervened for Willem Ratte's release during the past weeks. Despite this, the government of the rainbow nation, though claiming to strive for truth and reconciliation, is turning
a deaf ear or indulges itself with nothing more than implausible and high-sounding phrases devoid of meaning. Since his scandalous sentence on 3 May, one of South Africa's best officers has been on a hunger strike. This account endeavours to explain what commandant Ratte hopes to achieve by his selfsacrificing
resistance. Whatever course the miscarriage of justice of which Willem Ratte was the
victim may take, if the practising of double standards that has by now become entrenched and the suppression of undesirable peoples continue, South Africa will ultimately have only one future - civil war.
Willem Ratte- The legend.
Like the Zulus and other peoples living in South Africa, the Boers also wish to live in peace and happiness. Willem Ratte speaks the language of our own hearts. Only one thought underlies thisbook - freedom!
Dr. Claus Nordbruch
27 June 1996
Table of Contents
Childhood days and youth in Germany
South Africa calls
Soldier in Rhodesia
Civilian, but soldier nevertheless
Sentence and hunger strike: The motive
Willem Ratte, the man
About the author
Childhood days and youth in Germany
Wilhelm Friedrich Ratte was born in the Paarl on 14.2.1948. After Theo and Hermann, he was the youngest son of fitter and turner Wilhelm Josef, born in Recklinghausen, and Hertha (née Stolz), a woman of German-South African parentage and was from Cape Town. After Willem, the couple had a daughter called Elizabeth. Theo later studied fishery, while his brother Theo became an engineer. Both brothers are now living in Cape Town, while Elizabeth has moved to Windhoek.
Willem's father died many years ago, but his mother - who is now eighty-seven - is living in Cape Town. In 1954, young Willem came to know the town where his closest relatives were living and where his father had grown up. Together with his father, the young lad flew to Germany to visit his grandfather Wilhelm and his father's brothers and sisters. These were all living in Recklinghausen,
not far from Münster in Nordrhein-Westfalen. As far as the boy was concerned, this family visit was to last for years. When his father returned to South Africa, young Willem spent some time with his uncle Josef, the catholic priest of the town at the time, and his uncle's sister Aunt Dini.
However, most of the time he lived with his godfather and godmother Heinrich and Maria Ratte. Willem went to school and did especially well in essay writing; for handwriting, he got full marks only occasionally. Willem grew up, collected stamps and played football enthusiastically. In this religious family, he was naturally given a catholic education. South Africa calls One day in 1962, Grandpa Wilhelm wanted to go visiting in South Africa, and asked his grandson whether he'd like to come along. The fourteen-year-old did. So the boarded a plane that
was to bring them back to South African soil. Back in his town of birth, Willem continued his schooling in an academic direction in the Paarl, where he matriculated in 1964. Shortly afterwards, his parents decided to move to South West Africa and settled down in Windhoek. Willem, however, did not join them there at the time; what he had in mind was to study in Pretoria. As there was no national military service at the time, Willem was in fact free to enrol at the University of Pretoria directly after leaving school. However, that was that as far as the academy was concerned. Instead of studying, he became totally obsessed with tennis - he even
played at night. Although this did on the one hand soon earn him a reputation as a tennis champion, on the other hand he concluded his first year with a resounding failure. This academic setback woke him up. Willem, the tennis champion, was to turn his back on Pretoria for many years to come.
He now moved to South West Africa, where he worked in the Grootfontein magistrate's court and on several farms around Otjiwarongo. Towards the end of the sixties, he enrolled at the University of South Africa (Unisa) to study human sciences by mail. His main subjects were Latin, German, History and Political Science. In his free time, he often went on extensive hikes in the veld or into the bush. After successfully completing his studies in 1972, Willem, now twenty-five years old,
took up a teaching position at the German School in Windhoek. However, it did not take him long to discover that he was not cut out to be a teacher. It was not that he could not get along with his pupils or that they disliked him. An insufferable jealousy spread amongst the members of the staff which made harmonious cooperation impossible. Many of Willem's colleagues could not stand his enthusiasm and energy. The work he was doing and the social environment could not satisfy him at
all; he yearned for a career in which he could achieve a meaningful combination of a sense of duty and responsibility with adventure. This, he felt, he could attain only as a professional soldier.
In 1973, compulsory military service for all whites was introduced in South Africa, non-whites being allowed to join up voluntarily. As South Africa was not in a state of war at the time, that is to say the South African population was not exposed to an acute threat, Willem Ratte was not exactly taken with the idea of becoming a South African soldier. If he had to wear a uniform at all, he thought, he would rather wear it while rendering meaningful service to the nation. Such was young
Willem's attitude -one that he maintained for life.
Soldier in Rhodesia
Unlike in South Africa, which was still relatively peaceful and prosperous at this time, a bloody war to the bitter end was raging in Rhodesia, its north-eastern neighbour. Willem did not tell his family of his plans. He told them he was going to settle in Johannesburg, but instead he travelled to Salisbury, the Rhodesian capital, and joined the Rhodesian army as a volunteer. Only after his application had been accepted did he phone his parents in Windhoek to inform them of his latest career plans. In the following years, Willem Ratte attended the NCO training course of the Rhodesian Light Infantry (RLI) with great success, which resulted in his being transferred to the elite unit Special Air Service (SAS). In this new capacity, he carried out special assignments as a paratrooper. War in Africa, especially the Rhodesian war, can in no way be compared to military confrontations in
Europe. Whereas European military actions are characterised primarily by military units occupying opposing positions and by large-scale confrontations over vast areas, in an African bush war it is the soldier personally that matters. Of such a nature were the assignments given to special soldier Ratte. Acting in small units, usually comprising only a few men, their objective was to spy out enemy bases, destroy them and eliminate the enemy. That was the task for which he had been trained and which had been drilled into him. However, there were also enemies that could not be
fought with knives or an R1: extremely arduous terrain, the virtually impenetrable bush with its obstinate thorn trees, thirst, unspeakable heat even at night, malaria and bilharzia - not to mention a veritable army of venomous snakes, scorpions, lice and the 'big five': rhinoceroses, elephants, buffaloes, lions and leopards. And on top of all that, a pack of at least 40 kilos on your back at all times. Nor was it only in actual conflicts that one might have to spill one's blood. The despicable
lengths to which the terrorist went are illustrated by a 'civil' act - one of an endless list of such cases - which almost cost NCO Ratte his life. Together with Ben van der Merwe, Willem wanted to visit a friend in Samabula. The two men met on a farm and got into their armoured Jeep. The vehicle had hardly moved off when it tripped a land-mine, which completely ripped apart the front third of the Jeep. It was an absolute miracle that the two friends escaped unscathed. As the terrorists kept invading Rhodesia from Mozambique to plant mines and attack farms, special
cross-border raids were frequently undertaken. In these years, Willem acted under the pseudonym Willum Butler. In the commemorative book on the Rhodesian SAS we read the following about "Operation Inhibit", which took place on 17 December 1978: "They were now desperately short of water. They had been unable to find any on their long march, and what little remained in their water bottles was very precious indeed. They knew that they would have a real problem if they didn't find water soon. Lieutenant Rich Stannard, his 2 IC, Sergeant Billy Gardner, and the main body of men were to form the killer/ambush group, with Sergeant Dale O'Mulligan and his partner in one early morning group ... and Sergeant Willum Butler and his partner in the other. The early warnings took up their positions either side of the main ambush group, and Sergeant O'Mulligan had no sooner dropped his pack and settled down to await ZANLA vehicles than his partner whispered that there were civilians approaching. As he looked up, he could see a group of kitted-up ZANLA men sauntering into sight along the rail line. He quickly passed the news to the mission commander, then counted forty terrorists strung out along the rail track. The SAS callsign, caught completely
unawares by the walking ZANLA men, watched in the bushes in amazement - and let them walk by. The new SAS lieutenant knew he had blown it. Rich Stannard cursed himself but knew it would be no use explaining he simply had not been expecting ZANLA pedestrians. He knew his mistake would neither be forgiven nor forgotten. How could he have let such an opportunity pass?" But most of the time Willum, like a good 'butler', served. As a member of the special task force, he served the terrorists what they deserved. In recognition of his outstanding actions, Willum later
received the Rhodesian decoration for bravery and continuous performance, the "Wings on Chest". In 1976 the elite soldier was seriously wounded during an attack on a terrorist camp in Mozambique. One bullet hit him in the right thigh and the other in the left shin, so that he had to be evacuated to the field hospital in Salisbury. During his convalescence, his friendship with a young
woman by the name of Aletta de Clerq - who had been one of his and his friend Johan Joubert's acquaintances for some time - grew further. She is an Afrikaans-speaking Rhodesian, of Huguenot lineage, who was employed by a Salisbury bank at the time and often served in the police reserve as a "Woman Field Reservist" in her free time. Some years later, she was to become his wife, and would bear him two sons and two daughters. To this day, their friends still call Aletta Zaanzie.
Willem recovered completely; scars are all that remains from his wounds. As soon as he had regained his health, he rejoined his unit. His career as a soldier was his life - he was the genuine born soldier. The Rhodesian war was lost, for reasons that need not be discussed here. Suffice to say that one essential aspect of the defeat was a factor he was to be confronted with again and again during his life: treason. What was important at this stage was that although the war was lost, NCO Ratte's
military career was by no means over. On the contrary; the past six years had equipped Willem Ratte with an almost unsurpassable military training honed to perfection by intensive experience. He now wished to make this knowledge and expertise available to his home country, where things
were by no means as peaceful as they had been.
In 1979, shortly before Rhodesia's so-called 'independence', Willem Ratte left the SAS, returned to South Africa and promptly joined the South African Defence Force. It is not surprising that the South African army was aware of Willem Ratte's abilities as a soldier. He was promoted to
lieutenant and immediately assigned to the elite South African unit, 32 Battalion. This combat unit, led by Colonel Deon Ferreira - with whom Willem Ratte got along excellently - was the South African defence force unit that was used the most, and with the greatest success by far, during the entire battle for South West Africa and in Angola. The battalion consisted entirely of Angolans who had been driven out of their country and were fighting against the communist government's troops.
In this military unit, Lieutenant Ratte advanced to officer in command of the select reconnaissance group. In accordance with the aims of this unit, the primary task of Lieutenant Ratte and his men was to find and destroy SWAPO bases. And this -seen from the perspective of the communist terrorists - he succeeded in doing frightfully well. Under Willem Ratte's leadership, this unit within 32 Battalion became not only one of the best known, but also one of the most feared South African combat forces - at least amongst the enemy. In 1984, Lieutenant Ratte was promoted to captain and acting commander of 1 South West African Salvage regiment. Unfortunately he could not get along with his superior officer, Commandant Willie Snyman, who was given to excessive use of alcohol. After only six months, therefore, Captain Ratte left this unit and had himself transferred to Nepara in the Kavango, where he designed the Spiderweb plan and put it into effect. At this stage, the land-mine war was causing
untold suffering in the border area between South Africa and Angola. Willem Ratte was given charge of a special project in the northern province of Kavango which was as clear as it was laudable: clean up and give humanitarian assistance. Within a very brief span of time he succeeded in establishing settlements for the sorely tried natives and putting these under his protection, thus ensuring their peace. None of his protegees were killed while they were in his charge. Once again, there was food, and during this period the children in particular were able to forget the horrors of
war. In 1985, Captain Ratte was promoted to major. In 1987 Major Ratte was transferred to the Quando River in the Caprivi, where he now trained UNITA soldiers. For a while he served here under Colonel Jan Breytenbach, who was to publicly
slander him as "naive and dubious" almost ten years later. However, with Colonel Breytenbach's successor, Colonel Bert Sachser, Major Ratte got along very well indeed, with the result that a large number of Angolans were enabled to cross the border and to go and fight for Angola armed with thorough knowledge. Major Ratte was filled with a sense of mission in that he wanted to give as many blacks as possible an excellent military training. He therefore worked day and night in the
firm conviction that he had to train a strong force against the constantly expanding communism and terrorism. He never spared himself, and as a result he once made an error with serious consequences during a training session on land-mines. Major Ratte was giving a demonstration lecture on anti-personnel mines and was explaining the construction, operation and effect of mines. In order to show his class how to deal with this dangerous device, he began to dismantle it. When he had screwed out the detonator, the over-exhausted front-line officer's concentration lapsed for a
fraction of a second, and a careless manipulation caused the detonator to explode in his hand - blowing off the front part of his right thumb and one finger.
Two years later he was transferred to the 5 Salvage Unit of the South African Defence Force. In March 1989, about the time when the UNTAG politics in South West Africa began which forced the South African Defence Force to withdraw and hand over the power to Swapo, Major Ratte set up the Ombili Foundation. His friend from the days of 32 Battalion, Dawid van der Merwe, gave him his untiring assistance. This unique humanitarian project, a caring foundation to protect the rights of the Bushmen, came
into being north of Tsumeb, on the farm 'Hedwigslust' belonging to Klaus Mais and his wife Beate. It must be remembered that the Bushmen are a people in their own right, who have had the misfortune to be exploited as slaves by more powerful tribes time and again. Moreover, their living space is increasingly being threatened and destroyed by industrialisation, urbanisation and tourism. The fact that these last remaining original inhabitants of southern Africa are able to maintain their
unique way of life and can survive to this day is due not in the last instance to Willem Ratte's efforts. Furthermore, especially after the withdrawal of the South African forces, South West African idealists came forward and declared themselves willing to support and expand the project. After the death of Klaus Mais, one of the founders, his wife continued the work. Besides horticulture, agriculture and stock farming, the Bushmen's time is occupied mainly by small jobs, craft work and needlework. Most of the completed products are sold abroad, and the Bushmen use
the proceeds to buy mainly sugar, soap, tallow, tea, coffee and tobacco. "The hand-made articles", says a pamphlet published by the Ombili Foundation, "take much more time and effort than is generally realised. In the case of baskets, for instance, the palm leaves must first be gathered and worked. As they have a different conception of time than we do and do not live such a hurried life, the Bushmen need days and weeks for preparation and manufacture." This foundation was made
possible by, amongst others, generous financial assistance from Germany, including donations by private German individuals and organisations, such as the Förderungsgesellschaft Afrika, the Verein Hilfe zur Selbsthilfe, the Dutsch-Namibische Entwicklungsgesellschaft and the entrepreneur
Gerd Brülle, die Ressle couple in Bavaria and the Schwarz family in Heilbronn, to mention but a few. The Ombili Foundation is one of the few internationally recognised African human rights institutions that really safeguard the life and existence of threatened people and has not allowed itself to be taken over and misused by political interest groups. In 1990, Willem Ratte was promoted to commandant. The political tide was turning. The South African troops had to withdraw from South West Africa. For the next year and a half he was stationed first at Phalaborwa, then in Queenstown, his last garrison.
Civilian, but soldier nevertheless
In 1991, Commandant Willem Ratte resigned from the SA Defence Force. In his view, the
purpose and meaning of the SA defence force was no longer ensured now. As he sees it, all armies of te world exist in the first place to protect the people. Instead, the defence force was becoming increasingly politicised. Daring crimes committed from the Transkei, for instance, were no longer being countered. Stock thieves or even common murderers and robbers had the temerity to saunter across the border unchallenged, plant bombs on South African soil or to rape and pillage, and then
simply disappeared back into the Transkei. The fact that these crimes were being committed under the very noses of the defence force - South African troops were forbidden to take appropriate action - went directly against Commandant Ratte's sense of morality and honour. He objected to his superiors about these deplorable conditions. Since his warnings were disregarded and he himself was not in the position to intervene, Willem drew his own conclusions and left the service. He
believed that in these circumstances he could serve his people - who were now themselves under threat - better as an ordinary civilian by means of humanitarian and welfare projects than he could as an officer. The Ratte family moved to Petrusville, a village in the Northern Cape. Here he could plan the future in quiet. From the outset, he knew what he wanted: to dedicate himself to humanitarian and
social tasks across party-political boundaries. His supporters came especially from those circles which were against the take-over by the communist alliance. Under Willem Ratte's guidance, several inter-party groups came into being and spectacular protests took place from 1992 onwards which, when he went to Pretoria for the referendum, attracted attention and made the headlines. In March 1993, 32 Battalion was disbanded. This was about the time when the new 'non-racist' Mickey Mouse money was introduced into South Africa and the old coins and bills were withdrawn. As the old R1 coin had a high silver content, Commandant Ratte used them in a striking
demonstration. In front of members of 32 Battalion, he collected 30 such coins and put them into a small bag sewn especially for this purpose. At the laying up of the colours, Commandant Ratte handed the thirty pieces of silver to the battalion's spokesperson, Louis Bothma, with the request that they be given to De Klerk. Willie Snyman - not the same as the Commandant Snyman mentioned above -was a member of parliament at the time. In this capacity, he handed De Klerk his wages of treason on behalf of the soldiers. De Klerk, according to reports, was very hurt by this
gesture. Shortly afterwards, Commandant Ratte founded the Pretoria Boer Commando, a local association run on a semi-military basis, which set itself the task of representing the interests of the Boers and intended to prevent a threatening civil war by securing certain strategic, infrastructural and culturalpolitical
sites. Early in the morning of 16 October 1993, Commandant Ratte and his Boer
Commando took provisions and other supplies to beleaguered Zulus in Kathlehong. The convoy did not reach the Kwesini hostel, whose tenants were supporters of the Inkatha Freedom Party and who were being besieged by the ANC, without incident. A hurriedly assembled group of policemen and soldiers blocked the road and denied the convoy access to the Phola Park township. The spokesperson of the Inkatha Women's Brigade, Gertrude Mzizi, asked the keepers of law and order whether it now was a basic principle of the 'new' South Africa to refuse people food. The Zulus
were living like cooped-up animals here, she said. A spokesperson of the IFP, Arthur van Vuuren, said that the living conditions of the residents were worse than in a jail: they had no medical assistance; taxis with which they could get to work were not allowed, and the railway - the only way of leaving the area - was sabotaged frequently. The government was not doing anything to alleviate these miserable conditions. Finally, the convoy was let through. When it reached its
destination, it came under fire from AK 47s. The sniping did not stop when the provisions had been unloaded either. Nevertheless, having achieved their objective, Commandant Ratte and his men left the township without loss of life.
As he knew that the public media, on the one hand, had by and large taken the side of the 'democratic' process of the 'new' South Africa, and that on the other hand the Boers were left alone without any influential, wide-reaching public medium, Commandant Ratte founded a private radio station: Radio Pretoria. He withdrew from this station only after the transmitter was granted a broadcasting licence, subject to certain provisions. Commandant Ratte then founded a new radio station that was not 're-educated', namely Radio Donkerhoek. This station attracted public attention because it was a highly sophisticated pirate broadcaster. Transmitting in part from moving vehicles, in part from basements, this flexible station broadcast mainly news bulletins. By mid-1994, it had found a permanent site, but was still broadcasting without a licence. In April 1995 a police task force of at least 100 heavily armed,
camouflaged policemen had to be deployed to enable Post Office officials to make an attempt to confiscate the transmitter. Even helicopters had to be used to watch over the raid. Commandant Ratte told the police that Radio Donkerhoek was not going the way of adaptation which Radio Pretoria had taken by mid-April 1995. Radio Donkerhoek was not going to apply for a broadcasting licence because it did not recognise the government. The Donkerhoek people regarded the broadcasting of news bulletins and other material as legitimate, as every nation had the right to freedom of expression without having to ask foreign powers for permission. The radio station, too,
was nothing more than a means of freedom of speech. As far as the Donkerhoek crew was
concerned, the government of April/May was an illegitimate regime which they did not recognise; therefore the interdict against Radio Donkerhoek was nothing more than an attempt to curtail freedom of speech. The station manager, Edwin Clarke, emphasised that no-one was going to give up the station, and that the personnel would not hesitate to defend Donkerhoek with force, if necessary. Commandant Ratte underlined his resolve with the statement that the equipment would be confiscated only over his dead body - a statement which the press distorted to the effect that he
had said he would kill himself and his youngest daughter Maria. After announcing that they would launch an investigation of Radio Donkerhoek, the state forces withdrew without having achieved anything. An amusing, yet thought-provoking incident which is quite true is the following. At 02:45 in the morning, on Tuesday, 18 June 1996, "Doep" of Pretoria was woken up by the police. Still half asleep, he opened the door to hear policemen tell him that his car had been stolen, but recovered the
same night. What had happened? Earlier that night, a black thief had broken into Doep's car and made off with it. Shortly afterwards, however, it was overtaken by a breakdown truck, whose Boer driver was delighted to see the Vierkleur (the flag of the former Transvaal Republic) sticker on Doep's car, but even more at the statement underneath: We support Radio Donkerhoek. Catching up with Doep's car and about to exchange a friendly word, he saw, instead of the Radio Donkerhoek
supporter he had expected, a black behind the wheel - something he thought rather suspect. There and then he floored the gas pedal, shot past the car and pulled up right ahead. The thief had no choice but to come to a dead stop, then threw open the door and ran. The Boer radioed the police, who turned up with Doep in their company, gave chase and managed to corner the fugitive. Could one say that the moral of this story is that in uncertain times, a clear expression of a political
viewpoint safeguards one's property? On 7 August 1995, Commandant Ratte laid a formal charge of fifty-threefold murder against Nelson Mandela at the Police Headquarters in Pretoria. Typically, the attorney-general concerned himself with the case against Radio Donkerhoek, but was much less interested in getting involved
in the Shell House case - a massacre.
When President De Klerk finally broke with traditional South African politics at the end of 1993, established a multiracial Transitional Council which was mainly communist-inspired and thus brought the traditional South African scene to an end, Commandant Ratte made the desperate attempt to draw attention to the sell-out of the Boer by means of a protest action that was to be as peaceful as possible. For this action, Fort Schanskop was selected, which is situated not far from
the Voortrekker Monument and commands a beautiful view of Pretoria. On 7 December 1993, at five o’ clock in the morning, Commandant Ratte and about thirty of faithful supporters from the Boer Commando occupied this historical fort. Ratte told journalists that the occupation was a symbolic act: "This piece of land is not part of the Azanian structure. It is part of the Boer heritage, and nobody else could claim a right to what belongs to our people." Ratte had neither a violent
confrontation with the government nor a coup in mind. His action was much rather a peaceful act of protest. The Boer Commando was fully prepared to set a clear beacon. They expected the supply of power and water to be cut off before long. In fact, this was done by the SA Defence Force that same afternoon. Ratte's soldiers were armed with licenced pistols and rifles only, as well as a large quantity of ammunition and radios, sleeping bags, dry rations, water canisters, batteries, gas cookers, a generator, medical and other supplies - sufficient, in fact, to keep the fort for many days. At 8:30 that morning, the black 115 Battalion rushed to the aid of the police. An entire brigade of policemen and soldiers occupied the densely wooded hill and took up their positions. The Northern Transvaal military units were put on the highest alert. Commandant Ratte knew from the outset that
the security forces which surrounded the fort could not dare use force against the occupiers without placing themselves in a very invidious political position, and was convinced that he would be able to maintain the occupation for many days. Nobody, with one exception, was hurt during the occupation, let alone killed. At about 10 o' clock in the morning, Percy Bouwer and Werner Theron went out to check the dummy minefield. When they were noticed by two black soldiers of 115 Batallion, they got up suddenly. Both black soldiers got such a fright that one shot the other in the
leg during the confusion while they were running away. This in effect was the only shot that was ever fired in the entire history of Fort Schanskop. All day long dozens of sympathisers turned up with South African flags and the Vierkleur to demonstrate their solidarity with the occupying force. Some women came dressed in the traditional
Voortrekker finery. During the night of 7 - 8 December, however, General Constand Viljoen managed to be allowed access to the occupiers. Viljoen had always been popular amongst the troops generally, amongst other things because, as Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Force, he did not guide his troops from behind his office desk but from the front. Moreover, he was at that stage chairman of the Afrikaner Volksfront, which purported to protect the interests of the Boers
and was adamant that it would not allow a take-over by the communists and the ANC. Besides, the Boer Commando was part of Viljoen's Volksfront. Viljoen spoke to Ratte and his men, who for the above reasons regarded Viljoen as sincere and accepted him as their military chief. The general advised them to give up the occupation and promised that the Boer Commando would not be punished. In actual fact, the general put the Boers under his command, something Ratte as a subordinate could not do anything about. Therefore, most of the men decided to terminate the occupation and handed the fort over to the police at 04:07. Their weapons were not confiscated, because, as the police spokesperson Lieutenant Dave Harrington informed the press, "all weapons, without exception, were licenced.". Other men, Jan Bezuidenhout and Raymond Rademan for instance, could not accept this decision. They rather left Schanskop and escaped successfully Commandant Ratte could not accept the result of the negotiations with Viljoen. They went straight against his conscience. In fact, to him they stank of treason. He was bitterly disappointed and remained convinced that he and his people should have persisted with the occupation in order to mobilise the people and to make all the world aware of what was about to take possession of South
Africa. For this reason, Commandant Ratte disappeared from the fort the same night, in pouring rain. And he managed to slip through the massed ranks of the police and the army unnoticed. Some years later, on the 55th day of his hunger strike, when he was asked how he had pulled this off and managed to evade the entire besieging army, the experienced bush fighter modestly replied that he hadn't noticed any sign of these forces. The security forces of the state scurried about in disarray.
Assisted by helicopters, military units - according to media reports, at least 150 soldiers including Special Task Force - combed the broken terrain metre by metre for hours on end. The search continued for days - without any success. Commandant Ratte had disappeared into thin air. Even worse: on 10 December, he made a speech on Radio Pretoria in which he confirmed his intention never to give himself up to the police, because the police were controlled by the Transitional Council, which he regarded as a pawn of the communists. In his speech, he set five conditions for
his voluntary surrender:
• First, the ANC Youth leader Peter Mokaba should be arrested and charged with genocide.
• Second, the chairman of the South African Communist Party, Joe Slovo, as well as the military chief of the ANC, Joe Modise, should be charged with terrorism, multiple murder and the disastrous 1993 bombing in Church Street, Pretoria, in which 19 people lost their lives.
• Third, all participants in the murder of the American exchange student Amy Biehl were to be arrested and executed.
• Fourth, those ANC supporters who carried prohibited weapons in public, as shown on video footage filmed by the Inkatha Freedom Party recently, should be criminally prosecuted.
• Fifth, the same excessive and unjustified steps taken by the security forces at Fort Schanskop should be taken against murderers, arsonists, robbers and other criminal elements.
It is well known that these conditions were not met. Commandant Ratte therefore had no reason to hand himself over to the police. Then again, they could not catch him either. The search continued for days, until the brave security forces lost interest and gave it up. Meanwhile, the soldiers of the Boer Commando were fined R100 each and released. With that, it seemed that the matter was at an end.
Sentence and hunger strike:
Two days later, however, the police searched a locked room in the museum. Now
Commandant Ratte could not have had any access to the museum rooms, since, in accordance with the regulations, the keys had been in the possession of Ratte's opponent, the South African Defence Force - the patron of the museum - for the entire period. Typically, it was General Viljoen's son Lieutenant-Colonel Piet Viljoen, who as officer in charge was the only person who had access to the keys. In the room in question, ammunition, land-mines and other items of military equipment were found. Although the state prosecutor could at no time prove that Commandant Ratte had been guilty of the illegal possession of arms and ammunition, this was nonetheless what he was charged with. Willem Ratte stressed that he had had nothing to do with this cache, but he had no illusions about the outcome of the trial either. On 6 September 1994, maintaining that he did not acknowledge the authority of the court, he refused to submit anything in his defence. During the trial, which started the year after, Lieutenant Leon van Heerden, spokesperson of the police's bomb disposal unit, testified that on December of the previous year he had found, amongst other things,
hand grenades and ammunition hidden behind bags of oranges and maize. He also testified that he did not wish to connect this find with the soldiers of the Boer Commando. He also admitted that Commandant Ratte had not been present when the ammunition was found. Thereupon Judge MC de Witt adjourned the case several times, until on 3 May 1996 he found Commandant Ratte guilty of being in illegal possession of arms, explosives and ammunition during the symbolic occupation of Fort Schanskop, and handed down an incredible sentence: 20 years imprisonment, of which 15
years were suspended. This completely crazy sentence inspired the PRETORIA NEWS to observe derisively that De Witt could even have increased the punishment on the grounds of the personal verbal attacks which Commandant Ratte made on him during the trial. In his contentious comment on the case, Alan Dunn, chief editor of the paper, had the gall to observe that Commandant Ratte would now have sufficient time to reflect on the foolishness of the Schanskop action. After the sentence had been handed down, Commandant Ratte, father of four children - Christina (*1982 in Windhoek), Wimpie (*1984 in Windhoek), Johannes (*1988 in Cape Town) and Maria
(*1990 in Phalaborwa) - was put into the maximum-security wing of the Central Prison in Pretoria. Since 3 May, he has been in solitary confinement and on a hunger strike. He had prepared himself for this strike mentally and physically, just as he thinks through and plans all his actions. He read a few books on prisoners who went on hunger strikes out of protest. The Irish prisoners who went without food for weeks and months while protesting in British prisons in the twenties spring to
mind. The Malta Declaration of November 1991 by the World Health Organisation forbids doctors to take steps to save their patients if they have made arrangements accordingly. This rule prevails even if the patient should lapse into a coma. And this has been a very real danger since the eighth week of his hunger strike. On Monday, 6 May, Commandant Ratte was transferred to the Zonderwater prison, 50 kilometres north of Pretoria. At that stage Commandant Ratte advised through the spokesman of the Correctional Services, Koos Gerber, that he wished to see no-one except his attorney and his trusted doctor. Only weeks later did he allow some people to see him. However, he refused to see his wife and children, because, as he said, wished to anticipate any possibility that his resolve might be weakened.
On 13 June, late in the morning, the author was waiting in the visitors' room to be allowed to see Willem Ratte once again. After a while, the duty officer entered and told him to return in two hours' time, as the premier of Gauteng province, Tokyo Sexwale, had turned up, and such high visitors were naturally given precedence. When the author returned after the appointed period and was waiting in the visitors' room again, the same officer informed him that Commandant Ratte was no longer in Zonderwater prison, but had been transferred in the meantime. Needless to say that the premier had, of course, never been there at all; in any case, it is to be doubted that Commandant Ratte would have agreed to receive him. What had really happened? The authorities were afraid of Ratte’s violent liberation by his
supporters. Contrary to the Geneva Convention, which stipulates amongst other things that a prisoner is declared unfit to be transported if his health is too poor to allow this, Commandant Ratte had been taken back to the maximum security wing in Pretoria by helicopter at about 11:30, without prior consultation with his doctor or attorney. Since then, that is where prisoner 96623970 in cell C 1 has been whiling away one day after the other, governed only by his own iron discipline.
Commandant Ratte explains his motive: The legal system of the day is measuring with double standards. While presumed or actual crimes committed by Boers or Zulus are heavily punished, criminals who are members of the ANC or the Communist Party are going free - or are not even charged. Obvious examples of this are the bomb that exploded in Church Street, Pretoria, in 1983 and the Shell House massacre of 53 Zulus in Johannesburg two years ago. The bomb attack, in which whites as well as non-whites lost their lives, was nothing less than a repugnant act of terrorism with complete disregard for human life. The terrorists deliberately planted bombs in a
busy Pretoria main road with heavy vehicle and pedestrian traffic, with the specific intent to kill people irrespective of their race or political convictions. The man who pushed the button was Ronnie Kasrils. There is also evidence that Nelson Mandela personally gave the order to fire at the protesting Zulus. FW de Klerk, as state president at the time, prevented the police from acting immediately and also interfered with the subsequent investigations. In reality, the perpetrators of
both crimes, that is to say those responsible behind the scenes, have not been brought to book to this very day. And that is the Achilles heel of the present regime. They know exactly what they were party to, and now they are trying to get off unscathed by distorting justice. Dear friends, stay on their heels!
Commandant Ratte's hunger strike is not only a protest against a corrupt legal system. Above all, he wishes to awaken his nation. Boers have lost their freedom and are now living under the supervision of a soviet-type system which is now revealing its true face to Willem Ratte. Willem Ratte's demands are fair and legitimate. At issue is the right of nations to self-determination, the only basis on which people can co-exist in justice, peace and charity. Millions of people in Europe
and the Near East demand nothing else than this. Millions, including Estonians, Latvians, Lithuanians, Czechs, Slovaks, Ukrainians, White Russians, Croatians, Slovenians and many more have attained this worthy state. Sometimes through bloody struggles. Commandant Ratte is not calling up the Boer nation any more than is internationally permissible. Moreover, Willem Ratte has never in his entire life called for violence. So far, violence has only been used against him.
In the first weeks after the verdict, the media did not have much to say about it. By the middle of May, the chairman of the Conservative Party, Ferdi Hartzenberg, insisted on a meeting with Nelson Mandela to discuss the Ratte case.
- On 25 May, former members of the officers' and NCO corps under the leadership of their spokesperson, Louis Bothma, started with the protest actions that followed almost daily. The former elite soldiers came from all over South Africa - one from as far afield as Zambia - in order to display their solidarity with their erstwhile commander. When (white) policemen refused the protesters, who were accompanied by the press and TV crews, permission to march on to the grounds of the seat of government, they assembled at the Hertzog memorial and read out their petition, which they then handed to a representative of the Department of Justice (who appeared with rainbow promptness). The representative promised to pass on the appeal. The proceedings were then concluded with the singing of the 'old' national anthem, The Call of South Africa. In their appeal to their former superior, they asked Willem Ratte to abandon his hunger strike. The former brothers in arms of 32 Battalion said: Willem, your death won't benefit us nearly as much as your life. We want to see you again, but not in your coffin. - On 26 May, about 300 family members and friends of Ratte, including members of the Boer Commando and 32 Battalion, congregated at Zonderwater prison for a prayer meeting which they concluded with The Call of South Africa.
- On 27 May, the police announced that Commandant Ratte was too weak to attend the
hearing on the illegal operation of Radio Donkerhoek. The case was postponed to
28.10.1996. - On 28 May, the chairman of the Freedom Front, Constand Viljoen, discussed the matter with the Minister of Justice, Dullah Omar. In the course of the discussion, Viljoen warned that Commandant Ratte would turn himself into a martyr if he died in prison. Omar indicated that he was aware of the situation. - On 29 May, Nelson Mandela announced that the requests and demands around Willem Ratte would be given priority and that he would have an answer ready soon. - On 31 May, celebrated as Republic Day in non-communist South Africa, more than 100 supporters of the Verwoerd Freedom Offensive assembled in Verwoerdburg. They demanded the release of Commandant Ratte and burnt the official flag of the 'new' South Africa during their protest. Masses of 'old' South African flags were waved, including the
Vierkleur. - On 5 June Robert van Tonder, chairman of the Boerestaat Party, warned the authorities not to make a martyr of Commandant Ratte. The unthinkable sentence imposed on Willem Ratte had exposed the entire legal system, he said, and made it laughable at the same time. - On 6 June a committee for Commandant Ratte's release was formed. Almost 100 representatives of the leading Afrikaans cultural organisations and parties gathered in Silverton and established the inter-party committee Red Willem Ratte (Save Willem Ratte). The meeting started with a reading of a letter from Willem Ratte, in which he made it clear that he would never subject himself to the regime, that all protests and actions taken to get him released were to be peaceful and that he was prepared to end his hunger strike only on
certain terms, namely: 1. Either FW de Klerk, Ronald Kasrils, Nelson Mandela and Constand Viljoen are criminally prosecuted for defeating the ends of justice (Shell House), murder (Church Street) and sabotage (institution of the transitional government and the 1994 elections), 2. or all those who have acted on the basis of political convictions and have been sentenced for this are declared innocent and released, 3. or our people are given back, somewhere in South Africa, their freedom which has been stolen from them and of which they are still being deprived.
The committee, which consists of seven spokespersons (Bert van Rensburg, Frits Meyer, Edwin Clarke, Willie Snyman, Raymond Rademan, G. Venter and the chairman, Colonel Dawid Grobbelaar), sees itself as an association not aligned with any political party and whose slogan is the release of Commandant Ratte, an objective to be achieved by means of increased pressure on the government brought about by international press statements, mass protests and peaceful, in other words non-violent means. The message addressed to President Mandela was that if Commandant Ratte was not released unconditionally before 15 June, mass action was to be reckoned with. To the Boers, Grobbelaar said that if they, Willem Ratte's friends, did not appear in
their thousands, the government would simply ignore them. Besides, this would mean that the people had capitulated. - On 7 June at about 08:30, Mrs Zaanzie Ratte and her four children handed a petition to the Swiss embassy. The Swiss diplomats were accommodating and friendly. The document that was presented read as follows:
"When, in December 1994, President De Klerk finally broke with traditional South African politics and assembled a transitional government, my husband, Wilhelm Friedrich Ratte, and a handful of faithful followers occupied the museum Fort Schanskop, near the Voortrekker monument, without using any violence. My husband did not wish a violent confrontation with the government, neither did he wish to execute a coup. His deed was rather a peaceful act of protest in the name of humanity and concern. Nobody was killed or even hurt in this occupation. After a few days my husband returned the museum to the state security forces. As agreed, he and his men were not punished.
Two days later, however, the police searched a locked room inside the museum. My
husband had no access to this room, as the keys had been in the possession of the South African army, the patron of the museum, for the entire period. In the said room land-mines, ammunition and several items of military equipment, amongst others, were found. Thereupon my husband, although the state prosecutor was unable to find any evidence to support it, was accused of illegal possession of arms and ammunition. My husband convincingly testified that he had nothing to do with this find. Nevertheless, he was charged and on 3 May, after a trial of two and a half years, he was sentenced to an effective imprisonment of 5 years on the basis of 'indications'. On the same day, my husband, the father of four children between 5 and 13 years old, embarked on a hunger strike in order to protest world wide not only against this disproportionate sentence, but also against the current very dubious jurisprudence (...) My husband is everything but a racist. His life is governed by an express Christian humaneness which, as an officer, he put into effective practice. Neither the black soldiers of his unit nor the natives, who owe him an immense debt of gratitude, have forgotten him. As an example of practical humaneness, the Ombili Foundation may be mentioned here, of which he was one of the founders. This is a welfare foundation to protect the rights of the Bushmen. It is not in the last instance because of this engagement that these original inhabitants of southern Africa were able to retain their uniqueness and survive to this day.
In the name of humanity and justice, and as far as this lies within your power, I entreat you to intervene in the matter of Wilhelm Ratte. Time is of the essence. My husband, who never during his political actions killed or even hurt anyone, will die soon unless international pressure is brought to bear against the despicable sentence and he is released." By 09:00, Mrs Ratte wanted to present the same text to the German embassy. But instead of inviting her into the building, as is customary amongst civilised people, a conversation could be conducted only via the intercom. They left Mrs Ratte and her four children standing in the street, pretending that Mr Ambassador was in Cape Town at the moment. In reply to a question whether
the acting ambassador would receive Mrs Ratte's petition, the answer came - after a while - that the latter did not issue comments. With that, the family were left standing outside in the street. This scandalous conduct could, of course, not be taken lying down. A written objection was addressed to the embassy by return as well as to its head office, the department of foreign affairs in Bonn. Within hours, the German Embassy's permanent representative, Alexander Petri, tendered a full apology:
"I was in an urgent meeting, immediately after which I had another appointment outside the embassy. In the middle of this meeting I was merely informed that there was 'somebody' outside who wished to speak to me in connection with the Ratte matter. Unfortunately I was neither told that a petition was to be presented, nor that Mrs Ratte had come in person. I assure you that if I had known this, I would obviously have interrupted the meeting and would have received Mrs Ratte personally for her to present her petition. I would be very much obliged to you indeed if you would offer my apologies to Mrs Ratte for this incident. I will pass your petition on to the Department of Foreign Affairs as a supplement to your recent letter to Dr Kinkel."
Could one believe this apology? Zaanzie Ratte did - at first. However, the lousy behaviour of the German diplomats was confirmed subsequently: despite two further requests, nothing more was heard from the honourable representatives of the "most freedom-minded constitutional state ever on German soil". Such behaviour, typical of Germans from Bonn, cannot be described in other words than it is: painful and shabby.
- On 8 June, more than 600 friends of Willem Ratte in over 150 cars blocked the Pretoria- Krugersdorp highway for more than two hours and demanded the unconditional release of Commandant Ratte.
- On 10 June, Dullah Omar contended that he as Minister of Justice could not interfere in the matter concerning Commandant Ratte, as the latter had been duly and legitimately sentenced in a court of law. In the evening of the same day, over 100 friends of Willem Ratte streamed into a Pick 'n Pay branch shortly before closing time and loaded a vast number of shop trolleys with provisions and other products. With brimming trolleys, they then descended on the tills, piled the provisions on the tables and handed out leaflets containing demands for Willem Ratte's release in 'payment'. No products were damaged or removed from the premises; with
TV cameras and journalists watching, business was merely brought to a dead stop. And
everyone knew what it was all about.
- On 11 June, Nelson Mandela deemed it necessary to tell the media that he condemned, in the strongest possible terms, the 'radical right-wingers' and their attitude of putting demands to him.
- On 12 June he even thought it necessary to suggest that he could not intervene in the Ratte matter before all legal remedies had been exhausted. The fact that exhausting all remaining legal avenues would take months and that Commandant Ratte would have died long before then was something the president adroitly did not mention. Indeed, by mid-June a possible option for Commandant Ratte's release emerged from parliamentary circles: If he started eating again, the deadline date for general amnesty might be considered. How merciful! Willem Ratte is a man of deeds, a man who stands by his word. It is well known that there are hardly any such wonderful people around any more these days. Who would be surprised when Commandant Ratte calls out the flunkies of the system: "No! The date for the general amnesty is moved to the year 1994 first, and thus all political prisoners are released, and then I will start eating again; not the other way around!"
- On 13 June, the provincial newspaper THE CITIZEN, which is distributed in neighbouring countries as well, wrote that the issue of Commandant Ratte was developing into a great dilemma. That Ratte had at that stage managed to maintain the hunger strike for five weeks already showed that he was a man who distinguished himself by exceptional determination. He was even prepared to give his own life in protest against his excessive sentence. The government could afford to ignore protests thus far, but it could not afford to have Commandant Ratte die in jail. It would be advisable for President Mandela to take notice of the behaviour of his own followers and their allies, especially since the ANC had come to power. The comment ends with a plea for Willem Ratte's release, as the Commandant's death would have serious consequences.10 The majority of the letters to the editor endorsed
this view. In the evening of 13 June, some 100 friends of Willem Ratte who were annoyed at the reports published in BEELD, RAPPORT and the PRETORIA NEWS protested in front of BEELD's editorial offices. Analogous to the historic stacking of rocks at Paardekraal, they burnt the 'new' South African flag, which they had taken down from the adjacent Department of Transport just before, on a pile of large rocks they had collected. That same day, the PRETORIA NEWS carried what was probably the meanest and most defamatory report of the entire press campaign around Commandant Ratte so far. Following an interview conducted with Zaanzie Ratte by the news team of Carel Lessing and Lynne Altenroxel the previous day, the paper alleged that the prisoner's wife distanced herself from the way in which her husband's friends were attempting to effect the Commandant's release. That statement was a lie. Zaanzie Ratte demanded an immediate apology as well as an appropriate correction. Neither appeared, however.
On 14 June, the German weekly JUNGE FREIHEIT observed that, for the first time since
the 1994 general election, the Boers in opposition would again come to the fore en masse, and that the fatal party-political rift seemed to have been overcome. "The joint action for Willem Ratte across party-political boundaries could herald a new era in the Boers' struggle for self-determination (...) Should Ratte die in prison, an escalation of the protest cannot be excluded." On the same day, the South West African daily DIE REPUBLIKEIN wrote that the National Association for Human Rights, based in Windhoek and maintaining close ties with Amnesty International, was demanding the immediate release of Willem Ratte. Other international human rights associations, according to the report, had now also become involved in the matter.
- On 15 June, the first day of the seventh week of Commandant Ratte's hunger strike,
between 2 500 and 3 000 friends of Willem Ratte gathered in Pretoria and marched, in a sea of South African, German, Flemish and Dutch flags, including the Vierkleur, to the Central Prison and demanded the release of Commandant Ratte partly by singing freedom songs and partly in speeches. A typical feature of this mass meeting - which had been organised in only a few days - was that all significant interest groups of the Boers had buried the hatchet and were pulling in one team. Similarly, the tremendous international solidarity with Commandant Ratte and the Boers was conspicuous: petitions from various cultural and political Boer associations were presented to the prison authorities, including memoranda from the German, Flemish, Dutch, South West African and English groups. The German petition contained, amongst others, the following words: "We, representing the major part of the German population of South Africa, declare our solidarity with the demands of Willem Ratte, whose mother tongue is German as well. Our conviction has nothing to do with any party-political stand. Our involvement is rooted solely in the realisation that, more than ever before, double standards are being applied in South Africa. While murderers and robbers who claim to have fought a political fight for freedom are not prosecuted these days, but are even elevated to the highest positions, a man such as
Willem Ratte, who in the course of his truly political and peaceful protest in December 1993 neither killed nor even wounded anyone, nor even committed any traffic offence, is punished with a completely disproportionate sentence on the basis of suspicions and assumptions. We have not forgotten the terrorist attacks such as those in Church Street, Pretoria, in 1983 or the base Shell House murders in Johannesburg in 1994, nor shall we ever forget them. What is right must stay right! We have not forgotten either what Willem Ratte has done for South Africa and what he is still enduring for all of us. Like the Boers, the Zulus and other peoples in South Africa, the German people also wish to be free and to live in peace and happiness. Ratte puts the language of our hearts into word. In this realisation, we support the movement SAVE WILLEM RATTE. More than ever before, and above everything else, one thought unites us with the Boers, and that thought is Freedom!" - On 18 June, Nelson Mandela stated in the Senate that Willem Ratte had to sit out his full
term of five and a half years, and that it was time that the Commandant came to terms with his fate and prepared himself accordingly. He would not be blackmailed, either.
Referring to the Commandant's claims, Dullah Omar said, in a parliamentary debate on 19 June which was broadcast on television, that this claim that President Mandela should be charged was "an insult to our people and for all who had fought for democracy in our country". The demand that the persons listed should also be charged with the crimes he (Ratte) had mentioned was also an insult. These were all "people who had helped to bring democracy to our country" and who had given all their energy to bring democracy about. Omar, who after all is the Minister of Justice, is adopting a remarkable attitude to a constitutional state. What he is saying, in effect, is that those who have caused the current state of affairs in South Africa are about as unassailable as the court jesters of bygone days. Regardless of the methods employed to realise and introduce the ideal of 'democracy' - murder, necklacing, blackmail, sabotage and other criminal acts - the perpetrators go free because they pursued, so to speak, the lofty ideal of 'democracy'. But at the same time, those
who opposed the establishment of this state of bliss are being prosecuted and punished. The terrorist Robert McBride, for instance, was convicted of the bomb attack in Magoo’s Bar in Durban as well as threefold murder. Not only was he pardoned in the course of the 'reconciliation', he even got a seat in Parliament, occupies the position of acting director in the Department of Foreign Affairs and is awaiting a diplomatic post abroad. The 'new' South African jurisprudence, the measuring by two standards, resembles the caprice of a banana republic rather than the pursuit of justice.
- On 20 June, the London DAILY TELEGRAPH pointed out that Willem Ratte was
determined to die for the human rights of the Afrikaner.
- On 21 June, while the author was talking to Willem Ratte in the visitors' cell, the door was unexpectedly opened and an officer of the prison personnel entered. He apologised for the interruption and informed the Commandant that Pik Botha had asked to call on him, and wished to know whether he would see him. The Commandant's face, still friendly just a moment before, darkened immediately, and straight away came the answer that there could be no question of a visit by Botha. With this message, the officer left the cell. After a while, the Commandant smiled again.
In the evening, about 100 friends of Willem Ratte demonstrated for the Commandant's
unconditional release at the Jan Smuts international airport. They blocked the access roads to the international departure terminal with their vehicles.
- On 23 June the chairman of the parliamentary committee on correctional services, Carl Niehaus, speculated about rumours to the effect that Commandant Ratte was not subsisting on water and electrolyte at all, but was also taking glucose in order to prolong the hunger strike. Niehaus capped this virtually unbeatable instance of rumour-mongering when he finally expressed doubts whether Commandant Ratte was on a hunger strike at all.
- On 26 June, the 54th day of his hunger strike, Commandant Ratte was so weak that he could no longer get up to receive his visitors in the visitors' cell behind reinforced glass and steel bars. He was wearing several jerseys and a woollen cap and was wrapped in blankets, and was able to speak for a short while only, and very softly at that.
Some concerned people are taking exception to the Commandant's inflexible attitude and think he is committing suicide, which will benefit no-one but the regime. It has correctly been said that as far as the effort to get Commandant Ratte released is concerned, the legal remedies have not been exhausted, nor are they excluded. A question that has kept coming up was why Willem Ratte has not applied for bail. When this question was put to him in the middle of June, Ratte's answer was as admirable and understandable as it was tragic: "South Africa is being dominated by a foreign, mainly communist regime which I do not recognise. I am not being detained because of a criminal offence, but because of my political conviction." Indeed, the severity of the Commandant Ratte's sentence is comparable to that the punishment
meted out for a serious crime, for instance robbery, rape or murder. Under certain circumstances, such capital offenders are often granted certain concessions, such as release on bail. Commandant Ratte refuses to be put into the same category as such antisocial elements! Willem Ratte has not committed any offence, and he does not want the benefit of concessions that may be granted to such criminal elements. Incidentally, amnesty or a pardon fall into the same category. No, the real
criminals, together with De Klerk, Kasrils, Mandela, Viljoen and many others, form the government or are representatives in parliament. Their criminal foot soldiers have been released in their thousands by De Klerk and Mandela. Today, South Africa has the highest crime rates in terms of murder, theft, robbery, rape and car hijacking. Outside its own monetary area, the rand is not worth a penny. Unemployment has never been this high. South Africa has degenerated into a thirdworld
country. And yet - or perhaps for that very reason - there are two factors that are linked directly to Commandant Ratte. In the first place, there is Mandela's incomprehensible inability to act like a statesman. Whatever
one's attitude to the current regime may be, internationally it certainly is not held in high esteem. One fails to understand that Mandela is displaying so little finesse in public. How much prestige, how much political mileage could he score if he acted like a true 'reconciliation politician' and released Commandant Ratte conditionally, acknowledging that the latter was a victim of political justice! Instead of which, Mandela is deceiving himself and others and pretends that the matter is out of his hands. Well, Mr President had better familiarise himself with the constitution of his own country, because the constitution most certainly gives him the right to intervene. Instead, he behaves like a child. He complains to the media that some people address him by his surname and not as president. Apart from the fact that the authorised spokespersons of the RED WILLEM RATTE committee address President Mandela as such, verbally and on paper, and Mandela is therefore grumbling about some louts who have nothing at all to do with the above-mentioned committee and who are acting purely in their own capacity and as private individuals, it must be
acknowledged here that Mandela today indeed occupies the post of president. Acknowledging this fact does not by any means imply that one has to like him or his allies. - On this 26th of June, Willem Ratte made a prepared declaration in which he said: "If I were to come to the conclusion that the other available legal options are as twisted as Magistrate De Witt's mis-sentence, then I would rather continue with my hunger strike. The Azanian regime, with the blood of so many innocent black and white people on its hands, without the guilty persons being prosecuted, must first correct its double standards before its verdict and declarations can have any credibility.
What I can no longer ignore, however, is the requests of my own people. If it can be proven that the appeal to me to end my hunger strike by accepting bail is supported by a large majority of my patriotic countrymen, I will comply with it - provided that the campaign against the glaring injustice being committed not only against myself, but against our entire People, will be continued outside with all the means at our disposal."
We recall that NCO Ratte left the Rhodesian SAS in 1979 and joined the South African Defence Force. Aletta de Clerq stayed on in Salisbury. It was a long time before she heard from Willem again. Finally, towards the end of 1980, the phone rang. What Willem and Zaanzie discussed is nobody's business, but basically it was something like salvage work again - only much more romantic this time. The operation was successful, as his operations mostly were. In March 1981 he flew over to Zaanzie for 24 hours and asked for her hand in marriage. The married in December 1981, and since then Zaanzie has been living a life full of excitement, but also full of hardship, as
the wife of one of the most significant officers the South African defence force has ever had. In most of the press reports, Commandant Ratte and his followers, or those who worked for his release, are slated as "right-wing radicals". This designation is as incorrect as it is deliberately misleading. Willem Ratte was never organised into any political party; he never made any partypolitical statement or allowed himself to be bound by any such party. In South Africa, as it is elsewhere, the concept of right-wing radicalism is a 'killer' argument used for no other reason than
to slander the opponent and thus eliminate him. Commandant Ratte is neither a terrorist nor a NeoNazi. Neither is he interested in any coup d'etat, as is evident from his peaceful protest in 1993 and from the work he has done for several local radio stations since then. Really serious media therefore use the term Boer instead of the deprecating term. This, after all, is how Commandant Ratte regards himself, and this is the population group most of his supporters belong to. In any case, the concept of 'Boer' seems more appropriate than the term 'right-wing radical'. Since the olden days, we have always referred to the Anglo-Boer War, not the Anglo
Right-wing Radical War. We refer to the historical republics of the Transvaal and the Orange Free State as Boer republics, not as Right-Wing Radical republics. And, of course, we eat boerewors, not radical right-wing sausage. In his book They live by the sword, Jan Breytenbach describes Willem Ratte as a South African of
German extraction and a soldier par excellence, who acquired his love of special assignments while he was with the SAS and carried them out in exemplary fashion. However, after the occupation of Fort Schanskop, Commandant Ratte - according to Breytenbach - turned into a "naive and dubious politician". Subsequent objective historical research will show that it was Broederbonders (such as Breytenbach?) inter alia who were dubious and out of touch with reality, and not historically aware
idealists such as Commandant Ratte. Willem Ratte is anything but a racist. His life is governed by a definite humaneness which he effectively put into practice as an officer. Willem Ratte was almost idolised by many Ovambos, but especially by the Bushmen. They still speak of him with the highest esteem, quite apart from the
fact that the hungry Zulus who were exposed to the terrorism in Kathlehong certainly have not forgotten Willem Ratte's assistance. Willem Ratte's friends, and here this means in the first place the RED WILLEM RATTE committee as well as the German-language information paper DER SÜDAFRIKA-DEUTSCHE, which appears several times monthly, calls up responsible and freedom-loving people all over the world in
thousands, probably tens of thousands of letters, faxes, pamphlets, press releases and telephone calls to storm the media in the struggle for the freedom of Commandant Willem Ratte. The call has not gone unheeded. Editors, reporters and journalists are already intervening on his behalf, as are human rights organisations such as Amnesty International in Bonn and London and the National Association for Human Rights under the helpful leadership of Mr Phil ya Nangoloh. Many media in all civilised countries are now reporting on Commandant Ratte and his struggle for the selfdetermination
of the Boers and the restoration of the constitutional democracy in South Africa.
However, the present situation offers no reason to cease our efforts. In order to effect the release of Commandant Ratte and to get the law of nations (which applies to the Boers as well) internationally recognised, we must redouble our efforts! The survival of millions of oppressed people in South Africa is at stake. At issue are freedom and justice in South Africa.
As a young man, Willem Ratte gave up the secure job of a teacher to follow his calling to fight communism. He joined the Rhodesian Defence Force, where he was later taken into the SAS. His years of outstanding service later earned him the "Wings on Chest". When Rhodesia was handed over to a communist government, Wilhelm joined the South African Defence Force and was assigned to the reconnaissance wing of 32 Battalion, whose commander he became. His outstanding courage earned him the highest esteem and respect of his fellow-soldiers and of the officer in command, and gave him an unequalled reputation. When South West Africa was also
handed over to communism, Willem - then a commandant -beca e the officer in command of the training wing of 5 Reconnaissance Regiment. Not long afterwards, when he saw what political fraud was going on, he left the army. In 1993, Wilhelm was invited to take command of the Pretoria Boer Commando Group. Here he took upon himself the struggle against the threatening foreign and communist take-over of South
Africa, which was subtly allowed and furthered in our beautiful country by the National Party through political deception. Wilhelm played a major role in the establishment of Radio Pretoria, which began broadcasting on 18 September 1993. While he was responsible for the protection of Radio Pretoria, Willem also
started selectively training a Task Force for several special protection tasks.
With the foundation of the Freedom Alliance in 1993, of which the Volksfront, the Inkatha Freedom Party and Bophutatswana were members, Willem showed that he seriously intended to cooperate with anyone who believed in self-determination and was opposed to communism. A group of Inkatha members was trapped in the Kwesini hostel, located in the ANC stronghold of Kathlehong. Willem called up the Boer Commando's Task Force in order to assist the trapped Zulus. At first light one Saturday morning, about 30 men under Willem's command went into Kathlehong, their pick-ups loaded with food and medical supplies. AK 47 bullets whistled over the trucks. One bullet passed through a canopy. The situation in the hostel where the Zulus were besieged by the ANC enemy was awful, but great was the delight on their faces when they realised what was going on. During this same period, Commandant Ratte also planned the action to be taken when the nonelected Independent Transitional Council would come into force on 7 December 1993. Fort Schanskop was given special attention, because it had been built with Boer labour to defend the old Boer republic and therefore has strong emotive value to the Boer. After much reconnaissance and days of planning, as a symbolic act of protest against the institution of the undemocratic, so-called Independent Transitional Council, the fort was occupied under Commandant Ratte's leadership on 7
December 1993 - the day on which the Boer people were deprived of their freedom by the treason of the National Party. Willem was never captured after he had left Fort Schanskop. After the occupation, he continued with his work at Radio Pretoria.
In March 1994 he decided, of his own free will, to cooperate with the former SAP in the matter of the occupation of Fort Schanskop and invited the investigating officers to take down his declaration. As a true leader, Commandant Ratte took all the responsibility on himself. In May 1994, Radio Pretoria was shut down. To Willem, it was totally unacceptable to listen to or to crawl before the Azanian regime. Three months later, the free, Christian and independent Radio Donkerhoek began transmitting. This station has now been broadcasting for two years.
The Schanskop trial started in 1994. Without accepting the authority of the new government, Commandant Ratte did attend the hearings punctually. On 3 May 1996, Magistrate MC de Witt sentenced him to 20 years and six months in prison. Willem promptly went on a hunger strike, which he only ended 57 days later after an appeal by his people. Willem has proven that he will allow nothing to stand in the way of his fight for his people. He was prepared to sacrifice his life on the altar of his people so as to reunite them after the rift caused by treason. Willem always gave thanks to the Heavenly Father and acknowledged that it was Christ
who gave him strength. I am honoured and privileged to be called "my friend" by him.
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Beaver, Trish: Ratte is `walking the path that God has chosen'. THE SUNDAY INDEPENDENT,
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Bhagowat, Charmeela: Bloody good soldier, dubious politician. THE STAR, 8.12.1993, p. 9.
Chandler, Norman: Army units hunt fleeing commander. THE STAR, 8.12.1993, p. 1.
Chandler, Norman & Wilkinson, Bronwyn: Kommando confrontation. THE STAR, 7.12.1993, p. 1.
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Knoetze, Willem: Ratte wil sterf soos Jopie Fourie. METRO, 21.6.1996, pp. 1, 3.
Koch, Eddie: Stubborn Ratte dying for lost cause. MAIL & WEEKLY, 31.5./6.6.1996.
Lessing, Carel & Altenroxel, Lynne: Ratte's wife distances herself from supporters. PRETORIA
NEWS, 13.6.1996, p. 3.
Mandela will look at Ratte case - CP. THE CITIZEN, 30.5.1996.
'Ombili' heißt Frieden. MITTTEILUNGSBLATT FÜR "HEDWIGSLUST", Nr. 1, Sep./1994
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Idem: Head of Pretoria Boere Commando is still at large. THE CITIZEN, 9.12.1993, p. 1.
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Ratte won't let Pik visit him. THE CITIZEN, 22.6.1996, p. 1-2.
Ratte jail sentence cruel, says BP leader. THE CITIZEN, 6.6.1996.
Ratte on 7 charges after fort occupation. THE CITIZEN, 18.2.1995.
Ratte to serve full term: Pres. THE CITIZEN, 19.6.1996, p. 1-2.
'Red Ratte' vra wêreld. DIE REPUBLIKEIN, 14.6.1996.
SAP pulls back at Donkerhoek. THE CITIZEN, 27.4.1995, p. 1-2.
'Siege' ammo 'could have caused damage'. THE CITIZEN, 8.9.1994.
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Viljoen meets Omar over hunger strike. THE CITIZEN, 29.5.1996.
Viljoen pushes for amnesty. PRETORIA NEWS, 25.5.1996.
Waldner, Mariechen: Regses blokkeer hoofweg en eis Ratte se vryheid. RAPPORT, 9.6.1996.
We can't release Ratte, say govt officials. THE CITIZEN, 10.6.1996.
About the author
Claus Nordbruch was born in Germany in 1961. After he left school, he volunteered for a career as an officer in the German defence force. For four years, he served in various infantry battalions, until - having risen to the rank of lieutenant - he resigned because of insurmountable differences of opinion with his employer.
In 1986 he emigrated to South Africa with the intention of joining 32 Battalion. However, an enormous espionage scandal that broke about the same time put paid to this possibility. Nordbruch then decided to study in Pretoria. Between 1987 and 1991, he read German, history, criminology and biology at the University of Pretoria. In 1995 he took his doctorate at the University of South Africa (UNISA) with a dissertation on the concept of duty. Two scientific books and one literary essay have appeared in Germany from the pen of Dr Claus Nordbruch so far, and he has written a number of essays for German and South African human sciences journals. By the end of this year, he will publish his latest research on freedom of opinion
© 1996 www.nordbruch.org
Willem Ratte is a former member of the elite Rhodesian SAS, a special forces regiment of the Rhodesian Army, and a right wing figure in South Africa. He was referred to by Eeben Barlow as being "simply the finest, most professional soldier ever trained by the SADF."
Ratte had an instrumental role in the South African Defense Force's Border War in Angola, and he lead efforts against Russia's proxy forces there. In March 1987, a 3,000 strong force of SADF troops trained by Ratte and SADF special forces, along with 8,000 UNITA soldiers routed a force of over 50,000 Soviet Bloc troops, stopping their southward advance. The rival force consisted of 50,000 Cubans as well as 7,000 Russians, East Germans, and North Koreans with vehicle support.
It was under Ratte's orders that the tactic of sending AIDS-infected prostitutes to Cuban troops fighting in Angola was executed. Tens of thousands of Cuban soldiers would return to their homeland infected.
In 2001, Ratte was found guilty of sabotage in the Kathu Regional Court, in relation to a 1997 break in at the Pomfret military base in the Northern Cape. He was sentenced to seven years in prison, three years of which were suspended for five years. Ratte and ten accomplices were charged with terrorism, housebreaking, attempted theft of weapons, trespassing on a military base, and sabotage. They were convicted of only the last charge.
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Coming to UNITA's defense
UNITA has been fighting since 1965 and may well be able to fight on for another 30 years, say supporters. First, the movement has a great advisor in Willem Ratte, considered a great Christian patriot and hero by the Afrikaners. Ratte ran South Africa's war in Angola against the Russians in the 1980s.
Next, UNITA has changed its tactics, stating it would shoot down any United Nations aircraft flying over its airspace, and that any captured foreign mercenaries or U.N. diplomats would be sentenced to work in its diamond mines.
Advice on how to deal with the United Nations and its anti-UNITA sanctions has poured in from sympathizers around the world
"Attack the suits, the U.N. diplomats," one UNITA sympathizer told Savimbi. "Attack the U.N. peacekeepers as they have no heart. One free man defending his home is worth 10 hired soldiers. The U.N. forces are scum, the muck of their respective outfits. U.N. troops in Africa have been accused of molesting children, running brothels and drug running. These evil actions led Switzerland in 1993 to hold a national referendum in which that nation voted never again to allow Swiss soldiers to serve in the U.N. army."
Other allies rallied to UNITA's defense. While the Cold War may be perceived to be over in the West, it continues to rage in Africa. Uganda, South Sudan, the Rwandan Tutsis, the Zulus, Afrikaners and UNITA make up the Christian, anti-communist movement on the continent.
Another key player is Zambia, the nation to the east of Angola. Long a Marxist state, Zambia became a Christian anti-communist country in 1991 under the rule of Fredrick Chiluba. Chiluba had been imprisoned in Zimbabwe for several years when he met fellow prisoner Peter Hammond.
Reminiscent of the biblical epic of Joseph, who was unjustly imprisoned, Hammond, a missionary from South Africa who works with UNITA and the South Sudanese Christians, witnessed the Christian gospel to Chiluba in prison. Soon after, both were released from prison and Chiluba eventually became the ruler of Zambia. Interestingly, Chiluba was the only African ruler not invited to Nelson Mandela's 1994 inauguration.
"UNITA can survive against all odds," said Peter Hammond in an interview with WorldNetDaily. "Africa is definitely a major battleground between good and evil. It is a battle that the West has chosen to sit out."
Help from Zambia
Zambia is a key player in the continued survival of UNITA. Diamonds mined by UNITA are smuggled into Zambia where they have no trouble gaining a stamp of approval by Zambia's Ministry of Mines. From Zambia, the diamonds can be shipped to the West for sale.
However, DeBeers, which controls 70 percent of the world's diamond trade, has gotten Bill Clinton and the United Nations to work together in an effort to stop UNITA's diamond trade.
"The only goal is to do as much as we can to help the U.N. to limit the ability of UNITA to carry on the conflict," says DeBeers spokesman Andrew Lamont.
And while UNITA sold more than $2.5 billion in diamonds between 1992 and 1997, the pressure to eliminate the movement's funding source is greater than ever. Canada's ambassador to the United Nations, Robert Fowler, has placed diamond experts at strategic global trading centers around Africa and the world to identify and confiscate UNITA-produced diamonds. This is no easy task however, as there are almost 15,000 categories of diamonds, and placing a "certificate" on them is arduous and impractical.
On the battlefront, UNITA recently launched an offensive into the rich northern diamond valley near Cuango, which led the MPLA to stop its mining operations for diamonds in that sector.
Oddly, DeBeers, which was founded by Cecil Rhodes, the great British industrialist who dreamed and labored tirelessly for an "Anglo-run world, a federated state of English speaking people," is a company that need never have fallen into the hands of Rhodes. In the latter half of the 19th century, an Afrikaner farmer named DeBeer -- a devout Christian -- controlled South Africa's largest diamond mines. But he quickly tired of the immorality and greed of the diamond business and sold his interests to Rhodes.
Diamonds are forever
On a grand scale, UNITA's stand against the global forces of what can only be called evil is nothing short of miraculous. Tying together the pieces of the major and minor players in the Angolan War is no easy task, but a cursory round-up of this mad, macabre endgame goes something like this:
The ANC has admitted that its Angolan camps were home to Spartacus-like terror and torture of black ANC cadres who would not perform acts of terrorism against white South Africans in the 1970s and 1980s. The man who ran these death camps, Chris Hani, was assassinated in the early 1990s by an anti-communist Polish immigrant to South Africa named Jacob Walzus.
Today, housed in squalid death camps in Cuba are tens of thousands of AIDS victims, former soldiers who fought in Angola against South Africa, infected with AIDS after sleeping with African prostitutes -- just a small present from the Afrikaner nation they fought so hard to destroy.
Executive Outcomes entered the diamond wars in Sierra Leone, where the hacking off of limbs became global news. The private mercenary army also traveled to fight a war over a copper mine in Papua New Guinea. In the South Pacific, EO's mercenaries were arrested and deported. Soon after, Eeben Barlow retired as a multimillionaire.
Willem Ratte was imprisoned by the ANC for staging a peaceful protest. He went on a hunger strike, almost died, but emerged from prison to retake his place as an icon of Afrikanerdom. Ratte likes to remind Barlow, once his protege, of the Roman mercenary Crassus, whose taste for gold was so great that his enemies once poured molten gold down his throat.
"The real Puritan ethic of those who run the post-Christian West is that no group of individuals can dare to rise above the designated level set for them by the ruling elites at the U.N. and U.S. State Department," said Ratte, in an interview with WorldNetDaily.
"We are back to building the Pyramids. Sure, the Egyptians didn't allow unions or have UPC labels on their bricks. But there is no doubt that a rebellion is needed against the ruling elites that are destroying our Western nations, our culture, morals and Christian heritage. It would be better to die fighting against evil than to live in shame," he added.
Ratte invited this reporter to be a guest on his Radio Donkerhoek station outside Pretoria. Donkerhoek is an Afrikaans word meaning "Dark Corner," in reference to the site of British concentration camps during the Boer War where 26,000 Afrikaner women and children were starved to death between 1900 and 1902.
Within 49 hours after speaking about the issues described in this article, Nelson Mandela sent in the army, complete with infantry and helicopter support, to destroy the radio station and arrested Willem Ratte. The ANC government subsequently blocked two contracts this reporter had agreed to with major South African publishers to publish a Christian, anti-communist novel called "The Third Boer War."
To this day, this reporter is besieged by universities around the U.S. for information on Angola, UNITA and Executive Outcomes.
As for the future of UNITA, it will be up to the courageous diamond smugglers like Nikki and Mindy to bridge the gap between a life of slavery and genocide and one of freedom for the Christian soldiers of UNITA.
According to scores of UNITA soldiers and civilians interviewed by WorldNetDaily, supporting UNITA and the Zambian government, exposing the cabal of the U.N. and DeBeers, and getting the U.S. Congress and Pentagon to implement a No-Fly Zone in Southern Angola should be the priority of all Americans concerned with the fate of Christians in Angola.
"Remember, when you buy DeBeers, you're funding communist and corporate fascism," Nikki told WorldNetDaily. "Diamonds may be forever, but the war between good and evil is eternal."
In March 1987, a small contingent of 3000 South African Defense Force personnel, trained by Willem Ratte and other SADF elite special forces soldiers, rallied with 8,000 UNITA troops to take on the Soviet-bloc advance.
The Soviet bloc troops totaled 50,000 Cubans as well as 7,000 Russians, East Germans and North Koreans who had been propping up the MPLA regime. The Soviet bloc force was routed, and enormous numbers of tanks, vehicles and equipment were destroyed and captured by the SADF.
Had the MPLA campaign been successful, the communist forces would have invaded Namibia (then Southwest Africa) and finally South Africa itself. But it was this Angolan border war, which had raged since the 1960s, and which intensified during the period from 1975 -- when Portugal granted Angola its independence -- to 1989, that shaped much of the Christian, anti-communist sentiment that unites white, black, Indian and colored South Africans in their struggle for freedom to this very day.
An agreement negotiated by U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Chester Crocker with South Africa, Cuba and the U.S.S.R. led to a South African Defense Force pullout from Angola and South West Africa. The agreement also provided for the removal of 50,000 Cuban mercenaries from Angola, but allowed 20,000 Cuban soldiers to stay behind as "private citizens."
This left UNITA alone to stand against the Cuban-backed MPLA, the United Nations' military presence, as well as the corporate-funded Executive Outcomes, and the new Marxist regimes of Zimbabwe and Namibia.
"If UNITA wins, they owe the West nothing," said Ratte in an interview with WorldNetDaily. "The MPLA, on the other hand, long ago sold its soul to the Western multinational corporations. Russia and China now control Southern Africa for all intents and purposes.
Ratte added, "There is nothing the communists respect more than strength. There is nothing they despise more than weakness."
The Third Boer War
The story of how I came to write "The Third Boer War is stranger than the fictional plot of the novel itself. It was a 10-year odyssey that challenged my will and faith at a level I had never before experienced.
Between June and December of 1991 I traveled to South Africa to complete the foreign journalism internship for my master's degree at Baylor University in Texas -- where I had earned a full scholarship for an International Journalism degree. South Africa was the epitome of my youth. While working in South Africa, then still pro-West, Christian and anti-Communist and anti-globalist, I became the first and only journalist in the world to gain entrance into the elite, mercenary-run training camps of South Africa's Afrikaner Resistance Movement. These investigations produced ground-breaking journalism.
My articles were featured in the South African Sunday Star, Durban Times, Belgium Way Press (translated into French) and Soldier of Fortune magazine. Former South African President F.W. De Klerk even used photographs appearing with my articles in his campaign to dismantle Apartheid in the March 1992 referendum. Nelson Mandela went on national television holding a copy of one of my stories, railing against the anti-communist Afrikaners. Of course the liberal Newsday -- my hometown Long Island newspaper which I delivered in rain, snow or sunshine for years as a young boy -- rejected all of these stories outright.
Can you imagine that?
Using my Afrikaans language (the Dutch/German hybrid spoken by the Boer/Afrikaners) ability as a gateway, I was able to get inside the Afrikaner mentality in a way that few other foreign/Western journalists had ever been able to. I was given a unique insight into the complexities of South Africa's contemporary geopolitical situation. Most prominent of these was the 30-year "Border War" the Afrikaners fought in Angola against the Soviet Union, Cuba, East Germany and other Soviet allies who tried to invade their nation.
Of course most Americans have been totally brainwashed about the Afrikaners and South Africa. In general, the public has been told that the Afrikaners are Nazis who hate blacks. Movies like "Lethal Weapon 2" have sadly only fueled this propaganda lie of the leftist, Marxist Hollywood elite.
The reality is of course, 180 degree in the opposite direction. The Afrikaners carved the richest and most prosperous nation out of the wilderness of Africa. They fought and bled and died for Great Britain and America in World War I and II. (Despite the fact that the British killed 26,000 Afrikaner women and children in the world's first concentration camps during the Boer War 1899-1902). Afrikaner pilots fought for South Korea -- along with the Rhodesians -- during the Korean War. Yet South Korea voted for anti-South Africa and anti-Rhodesia sanctions at the United Nations after all they did for Seoul at their darkest hour.
The Afrikaners even helped Israel to build their own nuclear weapons. Could there be anything more anti-Nazi than arming Jews in Israel with their own atomic arsenal against their Soviet-backed Islamic jihad adversaries?
Of course not.
The Afrikaners in general were and are the greatest people I have ever encountered -- and I have lived, worked and traveled to the four corners of the Earth. They are tough and rugged and Christian. Their ruggedness exceeds that even of the Israelis and South Koreans. The Afrikaners were against abortion, which was illegal in their nation from the 1600's until the ANC took over in 1994. Television was kept out of South Africa until the mid 1970s. Pornographic magazines were also illegal until the late 1980s. Shops in South Africa closed on Saturday afternoon to prepare for the Sunday Sabbath.
All in all, despite the many egregious flaws of Apartheid, South Africa was a maverick, Christian, anti-communist, pro-West nation and the brightest outpost of Christian, European civilization in all of Africa. The Afrikaners were also the key member of an anti-communist alliance during the Cold War featuring El Salvador, Chile, Taiwan and Israel. When America would not help the Contras any longer, it was the Afrikaners who sent arms -- and the means and will to take out Marxists like Bishop Romero in El Salvador. When the American Congress lied about helping South Africa stop the Soviets and Cubans in Angola, it was left, as always to the Afrikaners, to handle the communists on their own. And then did -- as always.
Yes, the human-rights abuses under Apartheid committed by the government hit squads -- led by lunatics like Eugene de Kock and Dr. Wauter Basson -- are the epitome of evil. But they represent one tenth of one percent of the Afrikaner nation. These crimes and, in fact, the entire war in South Africa were committed in the suppression of a Marxist terrorist war, launched by the Soviet-trained African National Congress. The truth be known, some of these crimes were so horrible that I would have probably joined the ANC myself had I known about them in the early 1990s.
On the other side of the coin, the ANC's crimes are legion. These included putting tires filled with petrol around the necks of their enemies and lighting them on fire. Terrorist bombings of Afrikaner women and children - like the infamous Church Street attack -- represent the very worst of this asymmetrical campaign. The ANC also tortured and murdered its own black communist cadres -- especially in the Angola terrorist training camps. Nelson Mandela even ordered and then covered up the slaughter of unarmed Zulus at the Shell House massacre after he was released from prison.
The Mandela myth
Not many people realize that Nelson and Winny Mandela have a great deal of blood on their hands. Despite the lies spread to the gullible American public on Oprah and Larry King, even Mandela admits in his autobiography that he should have been summarily executed for his crimes. He spent little time at Robbin Island, and actually lived under house arrest in a comfortable estate complete with every amenity imaginable.
Speaking of the Mandela myth, only last week, Harry Wu, perhaps the world's leading human-rights dissident told me, "When I think of [Nelson] Mandela, I feel very sad. When he became president of South Africa, he abandoned Taiwan and recognized China instead. Taiwan and [anti-communist, Apartheid] South Africa had been close allies. Mandela has extensive human rights knowledge. He may not be a communist, but the new leader of South Africa, Thabo Mbeki is definitely a communist. Recently he went to Cuba to meet with Castro, and he was trained in Moscow."
Nelson Mandela, upon his ascent to power, legalized abortion and advanced the homosexual agenda. He even put homosexual rights in South Africa's new constitution -- the first time this was done in the history of civilization. The country has been overrun with illegal immigrants, pornography, AIDS and crime. Mandela, in true Marxist fashion, even emptied the jails of all the rapists and murderers. This is known as "anarcho-tyranny," and has led to a general state of anarchy in "The New South Africa," just has it has in Venezuela and the New Indonesia under their de facto Marxist governments.
Furthermore, Mandela told his cadres to "burn down their schools," meaning the whites', and not to learn Afrikaans, which he called the "language of the oppressor." Of course Mandela did give his inaugural address when he became president in Afrikaans. In that way he reminds one of Cambodia's Pol Pot, who spoke French fluently, yet sent anyone else who spoke French to the Killing Fields. Mandela's illiterate and unemployable minions, who now run the nation, have led South Africa down the slippery slope of anarchy.
During my 1991 visit to South Africa I also had the opportunity train with elite Special Forces soldiers of the South African Defense Force (SADF). Eventually, I was asked to carry out a few missions on their behalf -- including the assassination of Nelson Mandela and later U.N. Secretary General Boutros Boutros Gali, both of which, of course, I flatly refused even though I had been trained and deployed in the field to do so. The Boutrous Gali mission was set for the fall of 1994, at the U.N. Headquarters during the "Fourth World" ceremony.
Although I was in position to carry out the evil missions, I could never even think of doing so. No one should kill anyone -- ever. I recalled a scene from a film that, interestingly enough, led me to major in political science, "Spies Like Us." In the movie, two bumbling Americans are asked to infiltrate a mobile Soviet nuclear missile site. When told they would have to shoot the Russian soldiers, the Americans respond, "I'm not killing anybody!"
And that is really the point of "The Third Boer War."
The world is out of control and we must look at our own lives and our own sins and repent. We must be preparing for judgment, as Americans, a part of Western Civilization and, human beings on planet Earth. We must realize that most basic lesson of all -- there is good and evil in every race, culture, creed, nation and political party.
A strange dark light of evil has swept over the world, and there is nothing we can do to stop it. Sometimes that evil can appear as beautiful as Donna Dixon, the star of "Spies Like Us." And this dark is so powerful that it takes the very call of the Lord to pull us out of this terrestrial world -- which Satan has seemingly taken hold over at a frighteningly accelerating pace, leaving one breathless.
I wrote "The Third Boer War" between 1992 and 1994. It took 2,000 hours of research and writing to do so. That is 40 hours per week for 50 weeks. I spent my life savings writing that book. I dropped out of my Ph.D. program at Texas A&M to do so. I lived like an animal with Vietnamese immigrants at one point. I sold my plasma and even took experimental pharmaceuticals in clinical tests for money to buy food. I ruined my back while hunched over the computer all those hours, but I don't regret one minute of it.
Return to South Africa
In February of 1995, I once again traveled to South Africa to try and sell The Third Boer War. I immediately found a promising lead from Chris Van Rensberg Publishers. When I called them and spoke about my idea for the novel, they were positively ecstatic. They told me, "We will rush right up to Sunnyside [a suburb of Pretoria] and get the book from you. Don't even show it to any other publisher."
And true to their word, they did come up almost immediately to my apartment and take the novel for consideration. We even signed a preliminary agreement. They were indeed going to publish it, but then were afraid that the ANC would cancel their government publishing contracts, so they backed off the project.
Later, the head of J.P. Van der Walt and Sons, the oldest publisher in South Africa personally read the novel and loved it. He wanted to publish it in Afrikaans but only if I could first find an English language publisher to publish it in the UK or USA. I tried countless hundreds of publishers in the U.S. and Europe, but only Macmillan was interested in seeing more chapters.
It seems that a novel that was Christian, anti-communist, pro-European, anti-abortion, spoke of the end times, the Antichrist, angels, the UFO delusion and the Mandela myth was against the entire agenda of the liberal transnational elite who have taken almost complete hold of Western Civilization and hence, the world. Since political power cannot be fully achieved until cultural power is fully seized, "The Third Boer War" was shut out.
Yes, my novel had been blocked -- first by ANC pressure and then the economic collapse of South Africa. But other wheels were in motion as well.
When I had returned to South Africa in 1995, I was also able to write about Executive Outcomes, a private, mercenary army run by ex-Special Forces members of the SADF. Executive Outcomes fights around Africa and the world on behalf of multinational corporations in search of lucrative mineral rights. Even "60 Minutes" ran a segment on Executive Outcomes, only it came years after my own story, and failed to speak of any of EO's connections to the DeBeer's diamond cartel and upper echelons of the Marxist ANC and British government.
During this time I was also asked to speak on Radio Donkerhoek, the last "free" radio station in all of South Africa. This station was run by Commander Willem Ratte, one of the Special Forces leaders of the SADF's war in Angola against the Soviets. Eeben Barlow, the head of Executive Outcomes, told me personally that Ratte was "the most professional soldier in the history of the SADF."
Ratte is a national hero who was imprisoned by the ANC on false charges. He is the one man the ANC truly fears. After I spoke on Radio Donkerhoek with Ratte -- about the ANC and globalist agenda -- two days later, Nelson Mandela sent in the army, complete with helicopters, to shut down the radio station. Such is the ANC's fear of the truth.
Of course silly me, I had no idea that so many people were paying attention to me. I should have known better. Back in 1991, George Bush Sr. had sent 300 CIA agents to Pretoria to assist De Klerk in betraying the nation to the ANC terrorists. Bush even has a display at his Texas A&M library promoting his "foreign policy achievement" of this betrayal. Ironically, in the summer of 1993, I was hired by Texas A&M and President Bush to produce a documentary on his life to raise the many millions to build that library. That video was featured on CNN on Aug. 8, 1993.
One Afrikaner intelligence agent told me that the ANC had several agents assigned to watching me during my 1995 trip. Back in 1991, a top man at the American embassy, Barry Walkey had even called my little cottage at Rand Afrikaans University to check up on me. British intelligence had called The Sunday Star to raise a fuss about my popular articles.
Of course, the British had long sought to bring back South Africa into the Commonwealth. MI-6 Intelligence understood all too well that once the South African people understood that the Afrikaners were Christians who saw anti communist blacks as brothers, and also hated Nazism, they would no longer be afraid to stand up for what was right.
Membership in the Afrikaner Resistance Movement increased by 50,000 after my articles were run. This multicultural alliance led eventually to the "Freedom Front" which but for a last-minute CIA-inspired split would no doubt have saved South Africa from its current Marxist and globalist anarchy.
During this time, the famous Peter Hawthorne of Time magazine contacted his New York office on my behalf and asked that I be given the chance to write a story on the Afrikaner rightists. Of course, the blue-eyed boys in New York refused.
To me it was just one giant game of wiffle ball in the back yard, a pseudo fantasy in which I had become the character in my own novel. Yet it was all chillingly real and deadly serious.
In the end, "The Third Boer War" challenges the reader to ask many difficult questions. Most prominent of these is the nature of white supremacy and its 21st century agenda. Cuban dictator Fidel Castro -- a big fan of Afrikaner military supremacy -- has recently stated that the Western-led, one-world global economy has its roots in the Nazi Holocaust. Castro has even requested to hold Nuremberg style trials for the white, transnational corporate elite of the Western World.
A quick perusal of the Nazi agenda in the 1930s and 1940s would include homosexual rights (Hitler used the Brown Shirts, then killed them off in the "Night of the Long Knives"), eugenics, abortion, euthanasia, a corporate-government business alliance and the persecution of Jews and Christians. One cannot forget the alliance with Marxism (Hilter's pact with Stalin, however brief, mirrors Clinton lunatic and delusional "strategic partnership" with the butchers of Communist China). How sad it must be for liberals in America to see how close their agenda is to Adolf Hitler. Just who are the real Nazis today? Is it the Afrikaners, who gave the Jews the atomic bomb? Or the liberals who run the halls of power in America, Europe, Canada and Australia?
My days in South Africa were the greatest I have ever known. When South Africa died, a part of me died along with it. Yet the Afrikaners did teach me who the real enemy was: China, Russia, Shiite Islam, Marxism, the United Nations, Socialist International, Madison Avenue, Hollywood, the Marxist-leaning U.S. State Department and the Federal Reserve Bank. For that, I will always be grateful to them.
The joy I had standing in the light of the brave Afrikaner Christians, and their Zulu and Indian allies is something I shall never forget. Indeed, since that time, I have devoted my life to helping persecuted non-white Christians like the Karen of Burma, Hmong of Laos, Montagnards of
Vietnam, South Lebanon, UNITA in Angola, South Sudan and, of course, the Kurds.
Many readers ask me, "Will there be a Third Boer War?" Certainly that is possible. The murder of white farmers in Zimbabwe/Rhodesia and South Africa is a bad omen. As are the killings of whites recently in Wichita and the Seattle Fat Tuesday riots. Whites have had it too easy and too good for far too long -- and certainly Western civilization today stands at its greatest crisis since the days prior to the invasion of Genghis Kahn and the creation of the Magna Carta which turned back the divine right of kings.
There is a prophecy well known to the Afrikaners that says they will once again rule South Africa. The prophet was a man named Nicolaas Siener (Afrikaans for "Seer") van Rensburg. To even mention this prophecy terrifies the ANC, which has proven to be a total failure at "running" this once great nation.
In the book, "Voice of a Prophet" by Adriaan Snyman, Seer van Rensburg's prophecies about the Afrikaners were brought to light. Some 100 years ago van Rensburg, had more than 700 visions about the future of South Africa and the rest of the world. He was a modern Nostradamus who became a legend during his lifetime. Between 1899 and his death in 1926 he correctly predicted the outcome of the Boer War, the Great Flu epidemic of 1918, the UK's loss of all her colonies, Independence for Ireland, the atomic disaster at Chernobyl on April 26 1986, the death of Princess Diana of Wales, plagues in Great Britain, civil war in Bosnia, the assassination of Apartheid's grand designer, Dr. H.F. Verwoerd, the former Prime Minister of South Africa, the release of Nelson Mandela by ex-President F.W. De Klerk, and high tech warfare waged from the skies and beyond. Finally, van Rensburg predicted a great racial war in South Africa.
Perhaps the anarchy of the 1990s is a punishment on the Afrikaners for having fallen away from the Lord. After all the Afrikaners -- who endured the Great Trek away from the British and the eventually won victory over the Zulus at Blood River -- stopped their trek at the gold and diamond mines of the Transvaal. Had they continued north, into the heart of Africa, the fate of that glorious continent might have been spared today's Apocalyptic headlines.
Certainly European civilization is killing itself with mass immigration and abortion -- and has never recovered from World Wars I or II when Europe went to war with itself. As Ratte once told me, "Could you imagine South Africa with 30 million whites?" To this I would add, "Could you imagine South Africa today with 50 million whites, blacks, Indians and Asians who love nothing more than God, and hate nothing more than sin and evil?"
However, the Afrikaners have shown the West that we don't have to settle for home-schooling and hiding in our little alienated world while evil antichrists take our birthright and destroy the minds of our children. It is our God-given right to fight for our civilization, culture, land and future. A future that is free of control from the evil elites which now vex our very souls. To paraphrase Churchill, "They will either be at our throat or [dead] at our feet."
Indeed, if we would only stand up and fight them, as our forefathers would have done and did in the American Revolutionary War. It would be better to die with honor than to live in shame. The victory is already ours -- all we need do is claim it.
Certainly the Hmong, Karen, Montagnards, Sudanese, Angolans, South Lebanese, Kurds and others would stand along side us as we battle the new white supremacy and the Nazi agenda. Then there are the blacks, Mexicans, American Indians, Arabs, Orthodox Jews and others who would surely fight with us against the great evils of our time.
We know that if racism every dies it will die one friendship at a time. And in this spirit we know that a new day will one day dawn over Africa. A better day, free of godless Western corporations, AIDS, ivory poachers and mercenaries.
For Anthony LoBaido, despite my many difficulties in publishing this book, I will always have my memories of adventure in South Africa. I will never forget the colorful characters I met, men like Willem Ratte, Eeben Barlow or the firey Eugene Terreblanche. I'll certainly find comfort in the memory of listening to South Africa's radio stations sign off in the wee hours with a reading from the Psalms and a request to God to bless the nation. A Christian South Africa where white people lived free of discrimination -- not the occult, New Age, perversion-preferred, Hollywood-cleavage, abortion-mongering, politically correct basket case into which the America I once knew and still love has decayed.
I'll always remember Aletta, the blonde Afrikaner beauty who once asked me to marry her. And every April Fool's Day I'll think of Carina, another beautiful Afrikaner who stole and broke my heart in a way that eclipsed the pain of my novel being blocked. Nor will I ever forget Davison, Louise, Monty, Corne and Henika and all the rest of the Boer/Afrikaners who brought my adventures to life.
Willem Ratte is a South African Defense Force Special Forces chief who once trained the Special Forces of Taiwan to repel a Communist Chinese invasion. His perspective on U.S. Special Forces engagement with China echoed that of other critics.
"I believe the official U.S. policy is to destroy the morale of Taiwan. To make Taiwan believe resistance to Red China is futile," said Ratte in an interview with WorldNetDaily.
"Nelson Mandela switched South Africa's recognition to Communist China from Taiwan. Taiwan's only remaining friends are Guatemala, El Salvador and the few remaining real conservatives in the U.S. Congress."
"Soldiers are not ambassadors any more than ambassadors are soldiers," added Ratte, founder of the Rhodesian Selous Scouts and the man who ran South Africa's "Border War" in Angola against invaders from the Soviet Union, Cuba, North Korea and former Eastern Bloc states.
"I can't understand the Americans helping Red China. Chinese troops and weapons killed American boys in the Korean and Vietnam wars. Someday the U.S. will regret having betrayed the old order for the new one. Russia and China, along with Islam, will attack America when they feel the time is right."
Ratte is also deeply concerned by China's human rights record.
"Since 1949 over 90 million Chinese citizens have been sent to forced labor camps," he said. "Forced abortion is rampant. Christians are sent to gulags along with Catholic priests where they are forced to stand in vats of acid."
"I'll tell you what," added Ratte. "If I'm going to Red China as a Special Forces operator, I'm going there for only one reason -- to train their people to overthrow their own Communist dictatorship."
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All whites has to be erradicated from all levels in the country, whether it is financially, schooling, sports, work- you call it- whites are eliminated and excluded by force. The ANC has their "Diplomatic" terms for it- Affirmative action, BEE, Quotas, Equity acts, Land Distribution, etc, etc- but their bottom goal is to clean Africa from whites! Hundreds of aliens are welcome to work, stay- and vote in SA- so long they do not appear in their WHITE pajamas- otherwise- they are free to enter and get all the royalties SA can offer. White citizens in SA can only get ONE royalty the regime has to offer: The royalty of leaving SA!
Uncanny -isn't it: The ANC- mostly aliens themselves- are now alienating true SA citizens- and claiming the country belongs to THEM ( Sounds very much parasitic to me)
This Blog also want to show the world what type and caliber our so-called "government" really are- the thievery, banality, corruption, denails, communism, witch hunts, racism, hate speeches agains whites, "don't care" attitudes, gravy train riding, cliques , lavish money spending, exauburant salaries and many more attrocities under the banner of "Democracy."
Never in the history of this country- was there such an esculation of crime, corruption and "high profile"-if you can attach that term- arrests as when this corrupt regime took over.
Since the ANC international supported hi-jack of SA- everything falls apart- and are in shambles: The Defence Force, Education, Medical sector, Police Force, City Councels, Airports, Borders...and about everything that is being run by an ANC deligate. Now the ONE unit that actually made a success- The Scorpions- are to be dismantled because too many ANC "comrades" are caught for corruption- and sent to jail, where they belong. Zuma and his corruption with Shabir Sheik- after he just-just missed jail for rape, and Mbeki and the top clique for having a couple of front companies where millions of rands are swooping through.
We also remembered the Scorpions zeroing-in on other top criminals like Jackie Selebe (So-Called Police Commisioner), The Parliamentary Flygate bunch, Crooked Toni Yengeni (M.E.C), Mantho Tshabalala Msimang and her ex-Botswana corruption history when she ran away, Pnuel Maduna and the millions of litres of oil he sold and deposit the takings in ANC accounts, Nkosana Zuma and the cool 50 million donated for AIDS she squandered, The Vice president and her 40 thousand she spent on a luxury holiday from taxpayer's funds and so-on and so-on. The list just keep on growing. NOW you know why the elite unit HAS to be stopped- otherwise SA will sit without a government by the end of 2008...all back in jail where most came from!! We will not even go down in history as far as '94 when other criminal ANC "high-ups" like Winnie "Necklace" Mandella and her "soccer team" rattled the ANC beloved liberal world with the Stompie Sepei murder- one she did not even go to jail for- and her thousands of rands of debt!
We do not even talk of Mr. Robert McBride of the Mangoo's Bar bomb slaugter- who was found guilty- sat 3 wonderful years in prison, became Mbeki's attache in Chille- and now SECURITY CHIEF- again in court for "Marxist" tipe of rule in the councel, corruption- and drunk while driving. One of these days there will be more ANC top-hats in jail that common criminals!! Now the Scorpions are dismantled for doing their job too good- instead of the whole ANC parliament being fired!!!
Currently- SA is being run by Lethuli house, The millions of unions, the Communist Party, thousands of ANC affiliated "Groups & Leagues- and the top ANC clique.
SA has three unconditional laws since the ANC took hold of our system:
1. IF IT MOVES- KILL IT-
2. IF IT LIES MOTIONLESS- RAPE IT-
3. IF IT DOES NONE OF THE ABOVE- STEAL IT.
Thus the reason why capital punishment was abolished by the ruling regime- they were too scared that should the death penalty stay- most of their comrades would've been wiped out- it is a natural common way of life in Africa. If something stands in your way of progress- be a natural warrior- and kill it. Young Africans are taught to rape virgins to cure themselves from aids. You can't steal- you just take what you want/need. Nothing wrong in participating in the above three catogories, because all blacks have "Ubuntu"(Goodness) in them- so- you have no evil in you.(That is reserved for whites.)
We hope that those 'Free the ANC" liberal movements and past as well as current donators will open their eyes to the horrible reality in S.A- not only are S.A whites slaughered- but also white tourists from YOUR countries. Please wake-up- and stop your donations to this ruling racist regime.
If you are still unsure of the situation- please do what you are so good at: Send in the camera troops unnoticed for- say 3 weeks (Just tell them to hold on tight to their cameras, equipment and cellphones)....and see for yourself the deterrioration of a country that once was a leader in many technologies. You murdered our country for your own personal gain- so, if you have any concious left- stop this bullying non-functional government now! Remember- this is not SA anymore....THIS IS NOW GANGLAND, and we are ruled by the norm of this new system- Crime, corruption, murder, rape....and o- I forgot- GOVERNMENT DENAIL AT ALL TIMES!
NOW- LET US INTRODUCE A SHORT BACKGROUND OF YOUR ELECTED "DEMOCRATIC" ANC "GOUVERNMENT" YOU SO NEATLY SCREAMED FOR........
End of an Era
The first-hand testimony by former combatants of Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK) about the cruel ANC prison regime are an event in South African history. Never before has such concentrated factual evidence been presented about the inner nature of the ANC and its eminence grise, the South African Communist Party.
- If people wish to understand the current operation of the ANC/SACP, they must look here:
The ANC/SACP did a very good job in preventing public knowledge of its secret history from emerging. Those who survived the Gulag system of the ANC/SACP did so knowing that to reveal what they had been through meant re-arrest, renewed tortures and in all probability, death. They had to sign a form committing them to silence!
KGB-directed torture chambers led to suicides...
These ex-detainces in Nairobi have revealed that other prisoners, including Leon Madakeni, star of the South African film Wanaka, as well as Nomhlanhla Makhuba and another person known as Mark, committed suicide rather than suffer re-arrest at the hands of their KGB-trained guardians. Madakeni drove a tractor up a steep incline in Angola, put it into neutral and died as it somersaulted down the hill ...
- The ex-guerrillas in Nairobi displayed immense courage in speaking out publicly - their courage might have contributed to secure the lives of eight colleagues who had fled Tanzania through Malawi hoping to reach South Africa on the principle that better a South African jail than the ANC 'security.'
- This group, including two leaders of the mutiny in the ANC camps in Angola in 1984, arrived in South Africa in April, were immediately detained at Jan Smuts Airport by the security police for interrogation, and then released three weeks later.
- The day after their release they gave a press conference in Johannesburg, confirming the account of the mutiny published on this page.
This regimen of terror, extending beyond the gates of the ANC/SACP `Buchenwald' of Quadro, was a necessary element in the total practice of repression and deception which made the Anti-Apartheid Movement the most successful Popular Front lobby for Stalinism anywhere in the world.
- No international Stalinist-run public organization has ever had such an influence and shown such stability, reaching into so many major countries, for so long
- Vital to its success has been a practice of open and covert censorship The ANC's prisoners were its necessary sacrificial-victims.
The KGB in Africa
The prison system to which they were subject goes back to the late 1960s. It was the successor and the complement to the prison system on which blacks in South Africa are weaned with their mothers' milk.
- In 1969 one of the editors of this journal met two South Africans in London who said they had fought in the first MK guerrilla operation in mid-1967 - a disastrous fiasco across the Zambezi River into the Wankie area of Rhodesia, along with guerrillas from the Zimbabwe African People's Union (ZAPU), then led by James Chikerema.
- (The ZAPU president, Joshua Nkomo, was in detention).
- The two men described how they had eventually succeeded in escaping from Rhodesia, and how their criticism of the operation had led to their imprisonment in an ANC camp in Tanzania.
- An article on the theme appeared the same year in the British radical newspaper Black Dwarf then edited by Tariq Ali.
The revelations by the Nairobi five indicate how little has changed. In his book on black politics in South Africa since 1945, Tom Lodge, (Black politics in South Africa Since 1945, Ravan, 1987), writes:
In 1968 a batch of Umkhonto defectors from camps in Tanzania sought asylum in Kenya, alleging that there was widespread dissatisfaction within the camps. They accused their commanders of extravagant living and ethnic favouritism. The first Rhodesian mission, they alleged, was a suicide mission to eliminate dissenters. In political discussions no challenge to a pro-Soviet position was allowed (p300).
- From 1968 to 1990, nothing basic altered in the ANC's internal regime in the camps, except that in the high noon of the Brezhnev era it operated para-statal powers under civil war conditions in Angola, where a large Cuban and Soviet presence permitted the ANC security apparatus to 'bestride the narrow world like a Colossus.'
From the account of the ex-mutineers, ANC administrative bodies ruled over its elected bodies, the security department ruled over the administrative organs, and KGB-trained officials - no doubt members of the SACP - ruled over the security apparatus.
- Umkhonto we Sizwe functioned as an extension in Africa of the KGB.
- Its role in the civil war in Angola was to serve primarily as a surrogate to Soviet foreign policy interests, so that when the ANC rebels proposed that their fight be diverted to South Africa this counted as unpardonable cheek, to be ruthlessly punished.
- Over its own members, the ANC security apparatus ruled with all the arrogance of a totalitarian power.
There is a direct line of connection between the ANC reign of terror in its prisons - which a UN High Commission for Refugees official described as more frightening than Swapo prisons - and the 'necklace' killings exercised by ANC supporters within South Africa, especially during the period of the 1984-86 township revolt, but now once again revived against oppositional groupings such as Azapo.
- (The ANC's' necklace' politics was also a definite contributory element provoking the carnage in Natal). Two former ANC prisoners, Similo Boltina and his wife Nosisana, were in fact necklaced on their return to South Africa in 1986, after having been repatriated by the Red Cross (letter from Bandile Ketelo, 9 April 1990).
- When leaders of the Mass Democratic Movement publicly expressed their 'outrage’ at Winnic Mandela's 'obvious complicity’ in the abduction and assault on 14 year-old Stompie Mocketsi Seipe, leading to his murder, this was in response to very widespread and very well-founded revulsion among Soweto residents - especially ANC supporters such as members of the Federation of Transvaal Women (Fetraw).
- They were enraged by the jackboot politics of the so-called Mandela United Football Team, whose 'coach` - to the satisfaction of Fetraw members - has been convicted of Stompie's murder.
- This squad of thugs, based in Mrs Mandela’s house, acted within Soweto in the same way that the ANC/SACP security acted abroad, in Angola, Tanzania, Zambia, Mozambique, Ethiopia and Uganda.
The welcome of Captain Dirk Coetzee, head of the regime's assassination squad, into the arms of the ANC is an indication of the future course of development, as is the decision by the new Swapo government in Namibia to appoint a number of top South African security policemen, including the former chief of police in the Ovambo region, Derek Brune, to head its secret organs of coercion.
The South African prison system was replicated in the ANC prisons even into everyday terminology, above all at Quadro. This is a name that requires to become common currency in political discourse: it is the Portuguese for `No.4' the name used throughout South Africa for the notorious black section of the prison at the Fort.
Sneers by warders at soft conditions in 'Five Star Hotels', the common description of punishment cells as 'kulukudu' and the whole atmosphere of brutal crassness is quintessentially South African, spiced with the added sadism of the Gulag. The ANC prison system combined the worst of South African and of Russian conditions fused together, and it is this new social type - as a refinement and augmentation of each - that is now offered to the people of South Africa as the symbol of freedom.
Read the entire terrifying tale here:
READ one of the original ANC reports on:
KwaMashu, still my home"-- Hate-speech movie against Asians and Whites features ANC-leader Zuma:
April 7 2008 - By Adriana Stuijt. The following You-Tube film extract is from an upcoming documentary KWA MASHU: STILL MY HOME, directed by the African-American anti-slavery filmmaker Owen 'Alik Shahadah.
It was produced by the South African business K-CAP and UK business Halaqah Films together with the African Holocaust Society.
Owen 'Alik Shahadah, who refers to South Africa as "Azania", is actively engaged in spreading hate-speech among blacks with his films, targetting Asians and whites in South Africa, grotesquely even claiming that "South Africa is under majority-European and Asian control'...
"South Africa is under majority-European and Asian control... across the board there is always a white face holding senior rank, might it be Zulu lodges, private game reserves, tour operators, hoteliers, all exclusively non-African. And to add to this the Africans employed do not hold any managerial positions...
"On any given day in Durban it is possible to see large exclusive congregation of Asians around central social business spots like restaurants. A brief tour of Durban shows a stark monopoly of supermarket ownership, restaurants, practically everything that is worth owning. Even the small one-man street vendor trades are dominated by them. And now with the “death” of Apartheid the European and Asian business are venturing into the townships, the heart of the African community, and setting-up large business...
He is an avid supporter of Jacob Zuma, new leader of the African National Congress ruling party, and who is widely seen as the future new president of S.Africa.
March 16 2008 - The black residents association of this state-owned apartment building in Mafikeng who posted this sign still insist that 'they aren't racists - they just don't want any whites to buy into the building...'
Read the entire sad tale here:
Senior ANC MP makes death-threat gesture to white MP
The woman in this picture is the ruling ANC party's parliamentarian Winkie Direko, caught in the act of making an offensive death-threat gesture to the Democratic Alliance MP Dianne Kohler-Barnard in the SA parliament. Winkie is the former premier of the Free State. The parliament was in session at the time.
March 5 2008 - CAPE TOWN. The Democratic Alliance opposition party has laid a charge against Winkie Direko, the former premier of the Free State, after the ANC-MP made an very offensive death-threat gesture at DA MP Dianne Kohler-Barnard during a sitting of parliament.
Direko drew her finger across her throat (see pictures above) when Kohler Barnard was asking questions of Safety & Security minister Charles Nkakula relating to the dissolution of the Scorpions police unit.
Ian Davidson of the DA commented that Direko’s shocking gesture served to heighten racial tension and promoted hatred and anti-White violence which was already wide-spread in South Africa.