Oct 21 2009 Afrikaner minority-rights activists yesterday launched a determined verbal attack at the African Human Rights Day conference in Parktown yesterday with Afrikaner intellectuals climbing into the draft report drawn up by ANC-officials for the UN Human Minority Rights Commission conference in Geneva on November 11.

This event was heavily-censored by the SABC-news TV however, which merely reported the following:

South Africa does not need a special dispensation to cater for indigenous groups and minorities as its Constitution protects and guarantees the cultural, linguistic and religious rights of all her people, the IEC president Pansy Tlakula told a meeting looking at minority rights :

However, the often very angry, heated debate between the small number of Afrikaners and the black majority at this meeting and which had led to this statement by Tlakula was not reported by the SABC-TV at all. And even though they also interviewed Dr Dan Roodt, the Afrikaner intellectual who headed this highly-critical minority-delegation, the SABC-TV chose not to broadcast this interview thus far

Dr Dan Roodts report: http://www.praag.co.za/nuus-magazine...nferensie.html

Yesterdays African Human Rights Day conference was called by the SA human rights commission to gain the stamp of approval for their concept report however the Afrikaner intellectual delegation comprised of Dr Pieter Duvenage, Dan Roodt, Louis Smuts and Andr Alkema, sharply criticised the submitted draft, saying that the Afrikaner delegation did not agree to its wording and would be getting together with other Afrikaner groups to draw up their own dissenting minority-opinion report in time for submission to the November 11 2009 UN conference in Geneva, Switzerland.

At the start of the morning-session, while Dr Dan Roodt the businessman and author who founded the activist Pro-Afrikaans Action Group (PRAAG) was holding a press conference outside the SABC-radio and TV station about the issue, Dr Duvenage was inside engaged in hot debates with delegates.

SA State does not recognise the presence of Afrikaner minority

Stating his held viewpoint as a leading member of the Afrikaner minority in the country Duvenage said the South African state can no longer be viewed as having any legitimacy because it cannot guarantee the safety of its citizens any longer.

Moreover, he said amidst loud and often very angry protestations from the black delegates that the presence of the Afrikaner minority was not even recognised by the SA State any longer.

* This raised the ire of one featured black conference-speaker, Ms Colet Letlojane who flew into Duvenhage s claim with counter-accusations of disloyalty towards the black majority which had forgiven him (Duvenage) for apartheid

Afrikaners laughed at by head of SA Human Rights commission:

After the morning session, the newly-appointed head of the SA Human Rights commission, adv. Tseliso Thipanyane, was standing around amidst a large crowd of admirers and bystanders, and was heard to joke in a demeaning way about the Afrikaner-minority delegates, repeatedly chanting; I want my Afrikaans, I want my Afrikaans to the huge amusement of bystanders.

* 900 people killed in political violence during apartheid but tens of thousands of Afrikaners have already been killed by the black majority after 1994
* During the morning session, when the few Afrikaner delegates such as Duvenage were enduring verbal attacks in highly-emotional language by many other delegates, Dr Roodt also responded by saying that he was pleased that Duvenage was forgiven for apartheid.

However if one places this forgiveness towards Duvenage against the fact that 900 people were killed during political violence throughout the entire apartheid-period (1948-1994) in South Africa, while thus far some 750,000 people have already been murdered since 1994, amongst whom also were many tens of thousands of Afrikaners, Duvenhage should actually show forgiveness towards his accusers rather than the other way around, because its the vast black majority who are committing this horrific crimes, said Roodt.

This comment put the cat amongst the pigeons with black delegates then attacking the very concept a minority group. One official of the Justice department even claimed that the concept minority group was a dynamic concept and that this doesnt mean that South Africa was comprised of minorities

* During the afternoon-session, the chief editor of the Department of foreign affairs human-rights and humanitarian affairs, Pitso Montwedi, also vehemently denied Dr Roodts statistical submission that the official apartheid-era death-rate was 900 people, saying this was a lie . Dr Roodt then asked that the true apartheid-era political death rates be published, since these he had quoted had come directly from the SA Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Many of the other black speakers also claimed that the concept of minority rights was born during apartheid, that South Africa now was one homogenous nation without any minorities

Another government official also said that if minority groups joined the ruling party (i.e. the ANC) they could participate in politics.

* Minorities in SA have no rights to influence political power
* Dr Roodt responded to this by asking whether this official thus was lodging a plea for a one-party state with this invitation to which this official responded that minorities did not have any rights to influence political power nor have any political influence

The ANC-executives at the conference then tried to defuse the debate about Afrikaner-minority rights by changing the subject altogether namely to that of the rights of non-heterosexual people submitting that this group should be viewed as a minority group and that this should be reflected in the concept-draft to the UN meeting on November 11.

Dr Roodt however continued the Afrikaner-rights debate, pointing to the example of the voting-districts demarcation of the Pretoria municipality by Dr Michael Sutcluffe as a prime example of discrimination and suppression of minority groups where primarily Afrikaner-suburbs were cut up and added to black-majority-voter suburbs to guarantee an ANC-majority vote in those new voting districts.

This raised the ire of Mrs Nkaro Mateto, senior manager of the Independent Electoral Commission who said that she was a member of this demarcation commission for the Pretoria region and that the purpose of the voting-district demarcations had not been to discriminate against Afrikaners, but rather to integrate them.

Integration is just another word for forced assimilation and genocide

Dr Roodt replied to Mrs Matetos claim by noting that in his view, integration was just an euphemism for forced assimilation:

* There are three ways to commit genocide, he said: (1) through ethnic cleansing, for instance by driving Afrikaners from the country through a variety of laws barring Afrikaners (from public life); (2) by forced assimilation and through violence.
* And all of these elements already exist in South Africa (targeting the Afrikaner minority).

Then the Human Rights Commission chairman angrily replied that, as a Sotho whose ancestral lands were taken away before 1930 he, as a member of the black majority, was not prepared to make any kind of concessions to the civil rights of the Afrikaner minority.

During the afternoon-session, the chief editor of the Department of foreign affairs human-rights and humanitarian affairs, Pitso Montwedi, also denied Dr Roodts claim that the official apartheid-era death-rate was 900 people, saying this was a lie . Dr Roodt then asked that the true apartheid-era political death rates be published, since these he had quoted, came directly from the SA Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Hundreds of thousands of blacks were killed by Afrikaners during Apartheid

An Indian academic from the University of the Witwatersrand, Prof Ayesha Kajee and South African head of the International Human-rights exchange programme, then suffered an extraordinary anger-outburst, screaming that hundreds of thousands of blacks were killed by Afrikaners during apartheid, and that Dr Roodt cant establish fact from fiction.

* Dr Roodt replied: dont believe your own propaganda.
* Throughout the conference, all the Afrikaner delegates submitted point-by-point criticisms of the concept-report placed before the conference delegates for final approval. This document would then be tabled as representative of the entire SA populations opinion at the 11 November UN Human Rights Commission meeting in Geneva.

Roodt and Duvenage submitted to the meeting that they would be drawing up a minority-opinion report which would be tabled together with the official government version and that they would be calling on all Afrikaner organisations to help draw up such a minority report and which would be submitted to the 11 November meeting.

Dr Roodt concluded that from this meeting it also becomes clear judging from the recriminations and accusations flying amongst the delegates that the issue of minority rights in South Africa is an explosive situation.

Dr Roodts interviews conducted in English and Afrikaans about this conference, have thus far not been published by the SABC. http://www.praag.co.za/nuus-magazine...ferensie.html#