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Liberator Germaniae
Thursday, October 12th, 2006, 08:55 AM
`White farmers don’t oppose land reformī, Mudge said

The chairman of the Republican Party, Mr. Henk Mudge, appealed to the Namibian government to stop portraying commercial [white] farmers as the enemies of land reform in Namibia, the “Republikein” reported on October 12, 2006. During the land reform debate in the National Assembly in Windhoek yesterday Mr Mudge said that his party would support land reform only if it was not used as a punitive instrument against commercial farmers, as has been the case in the past.

In terms of the Namibian Constitution white-owned farms may be expropriated by the government and be made available for previously disadvantaged groups such as [black] communal farmers or resettlement of landless [black] people.



Read full Afrikaans report in the “Republikein” (please note that the Afrikaans term “Boere” means “farmers”):

Boere staan nie in grond se pad

• Politieke redaksie

[B]DIE Regering moet ophou om kommersiŽle boere van die land as vyande van grondhervorming voor te stel, maar eerder die boere van NamibiŽ se kundigheid, passie en geesdrif aanwend om nuwe toetreders tot die boerderybedryf op te lei ten einde produktiewe en volhoubare hervorming van landbougrond te bevorder.

Die leier van die Republikeinse Party, mnr. Henk Mudge, het gister in die grondhervormingsdebat in die Nasionale Vergadering beklemtoon dat sy party sy volle ondersteuning aan grondhervorming bevestig solank dit nie as ‘n politieke strafmaatreŽl misbruik word soos wat dit al die geval was nie.

Hy het daarop gewys dat NamibiŽ steeds in baie opsigte ‘n demokratiese suksesverhaal is wat steeds internasionale aansien geniet en die status moet gebruik as ‘n geleentheid om ook van grondhervorming ‘n sukses te maak.

Mnr. Mudge sÍ dit is duidelik dat die verskeie inisiatiewe rondom grondhervorming nie die bedoelde uitwerking gehad het nie en daarvoor sal die Regering alleen verantwoordelikheid moet aanvaar.

Mnr. Mudge het voorgestel dat die Regering minder ambisieus moet wees in sy openbare onhaalbare voornemens wat verwagtinge skep dat elke inwoner van die land ‘n plaas sal hÍ.

“Ek stel voor die Regering begin met kleiner teikens en maak eers seker dat diegene suksesvol hervestig word en beweeg dan aan.

“Ek is reeds daarvan oortuig dat meeste van diegene wat reeds hervestig is ook binnekort van regeringshulp afhanklik sal wees vir basiese lewensmiddele en die Regering sal verantwoordelikheid moet aanvaar weens die wyse waarop die sensitiewe kwessie by geleentheid verpolitiseer is.

Mnr. Mudge het gesÍ daar is geen rede waarom ‘n reeks kleiner eenhede nie vir opleiding gebruik kan word sodat die suksesvolles na groter eenhede bevorder kan word nie.

Terwyl daar geleentheid bestaan om na die ontwikkeling vir plase in die kommunale gebiede as deel van die oplossing te kyk, is die kwessie van ‘n pensioenfonds vir arbeiders van beide kommersiŽle en kommunale boere volgens hom uiters dringend.

Mnr. Mudge sÍ plase wat vir die Regering aangebied word, behoort ook aan kopers ingevolge die regstellende aksieskema van Agribank beskikbaar te wees en in die geval behoort dit nie noodwendig mense van voorheen bevoorregte groepe uit te sluit nie.

“Hoekom moet die skema teen hulle diskrimineer,” wou hy weet.
Mnr. Mudge het ook ‘n beroep gedoen op die Regering om die Groenskema te hersien, aangesien grootskaalse gewasverbouiing uiters geskik is vir die noordelike dele van die land.

“Die belangrikste is dat die Regering eerlik moet wees met die inwoners van die land en sÍ dat nie almal grond sal hÍ nie.

“Die verwagtinge wat deur onverantwoordelike uitlatings geskep word, kan ‘n tydbom word as dit nie met omsigtigheid en verantwoordelikheid hanteer word nie,” het mnr. Mudge vermaan.[END]


Source: http://www.republikein.com.na/content/nuus/2006/Oct/12_boere.php

Chlodovech
Saturday, October 14th, 2006, 12:33 AM
Has the Republican Party any real power in Namibia? What about their strength? It's an opposition party, no?

Liberator Germaniae
Saturday, October 14th, 2006, 05:39 PM
The Republican Party (Afrikaans: Republikeinse Party; German: Republikanische Partei) was `refoundedī in August 2003 by Windhoek-based architect Mr Henk Mudge, who is the son of the Afrikaans-speaking farmer and former politician Mr Dirk Mudge, who had originally established the party in 1977.

In that year (1977) the most important apartheid laws had been revoked in South West Africa in anticipation of the preparation for the country’s independence. Initially the Republican Party represented whites who disapproved with the South African-controlled National Party's policies of apartheid or who felt that such unfair policies would be unviable in the long term. The majority of ethnic Germans supported the Republican Party, whereas Afrikaaners usually favoured the National Party of South West Africa (there existed also a reactionary white party, the Herstigte Nasionale Party (HNP) of SWA, that enjoyed the support of many Afrikaaners and Germans).

Nevertheless, notwithstanding international hostility towards political empowerment within SWA, Dirk Mudge formed an alliance with other ethnic (black and coloured) parties to form the (non-racial) Democratic Turnhalle Alliance (DTA) as a bulwark against the internationally-backed (Marxist) SWAPO-movement (South West African Peoples Organization). As part of the alliance, the Republican Party and all other participating parties became dormant.

During the first multi-racial elections in 1978, the DTA emerged as the strongest party (with 80% of the votes cast if I remember correctly). However, the international community did not recognize this election. A series of transitional government models existed until the South African government agreed to the implementation of UN-resolution 435 for the independence of South West Africa/Namibia in 1989. The former terrorist `liberationī movement SWAPO that had always been backed by Communist and other Socialist countries all over the world, won the election for demographic reasons, but failed to obtain the necessary two-thirds majority to form a constitutive assembly as prescribed by resolution 435. Therefore it could not single-handedly write the constitution of the Republic of Namibia, which became independent from South Africa on 21 March 1990.

In the last legislative elections in November 2004, the Republican Party won 1.9 percent of popular votes and 1 out of 78 seats. Henk Mudge occupies this parliamentary seat. There has however been internal strive within this party, as the party activist Mrs Carola Engelbrecht (who is German) openly disapproved of Mr Mudgeīs highhanded leadership style.