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Dear Friends,

In 2011 the ongoing farm murders in South Africa moved the Boer-Afrikaner People to elect a Volksraad and mandate it to lay a charge of genocide against the South African Government and the African National Congress. This charge, together with supporting evidence was then submitted to the International Criminal Court in Den Haag, Holland. For since the accession of the ANC in 1994 about three thousand farm murders have taken place in South Africa, and more than 20.000 Whites have been killed in the country. To commemorate these victims, a sea of white crosses has been erected on a hillside named Ysterkoppie which overlooks Potgietersrus and Pietersburg. It shows that the SA farming community has become the most endangered in the world.

Charge of Genocide laid at the International Criminal Court

The preamble of this document explains: “Individual members of the Complainant (the Boer-Afrikaner People), are subject to physical and psychological circumstances under which they are being attacked, raped, maimed and murdered in their thousands, whilst hundreds of thousands of survivors have left the Republic of South Africa, their land of birth… and the chances of survival of the Complainant as a recognisable, separate ethnic entity are steadily being destroyed.” 1)

The attacks “show tendency of a certain pattern, organisation and uniformity, to which the Government of the RSA and the ANC … are accomplices… - NOW THEREFORE A CHARGE OF GENOCIDE is hereby laid against Defendant No. 1 (the Government of the RSA) and Defendant No. 2 (the ANC) jointly and severally; with the prayer that the aforesaid charge is investigated on an urgent basis for purposes of prosecution - These charges are being laid on behalf of the Complainant by DIE VERKENNERS-BEWEGING VAN SUID-AFRIKA (translation from Afrikaans: ‘the Scout Movement of South Africa’),” and supported by other Afrikaner movements. The charges have also been delivered to the South African Government, as the world court only deals with and through States.

War against Calvinism

It is strange that one of the world’s smallest ethnic groups, the Afrikaner people, who number a mere 1,8 million of which 800.000 are impoverished due to affirmative action, is targeted in such a cruel way. This hitherto God-fearing people of mainly Dutch, German and French blood has done more to develop South Africa from a barren wilderness than any other population group. It has evangelised and missionised the indigenous peoples and established the Reformed Christian ethic in private and public life. It brought peace and plenty to warring pagan tribes, and raised South Africa to the foremost country in Africa. For the Afrikaners believed that “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people.” (Proverbs 14:34)

This religious orientation, however, has been a chief stumbling block to the ANC from the beginning. Its “liberation struggle” was chiefly a religious one directed against Calvinism (and continues so to this day). Fronted by Marxist clergy and supported by the “World Church” their “revolution” has rejected the order of almighty God. By means of the Marxist KAIROS DOCUMENT Afrikaners were defamed as being guilty of heresy, devil worship and blasphemy. The revolutionaries demanded, that in view of these their accusations White rule should be overthrown by violence. They hated especially the foundation, the Afrikaner-devised SA Constitution, which read: “In humble submission to Almighty God, who controls the destinies of nations and the history of peoples... we declare that we are conscious of our responsibility towards God and man… to uphold Christian values and civilized norms…” Today’s constitution, of course, contains no such acknowledgement of God, and the present leaders admit no accountability to the Lord.

Cruelty and Torture

Nearly a whole generation (18 years) has passed since the ANC came to power. Yet they continue to envy and blame a tiny God-fearing ethnic group, and provoke violence against them with chants such as “kill the Boer, kill the Farmer.” Black ANC members falsely claim that Whites “stole” their land. They forget that nearly half the country had no Black inhabitants until recent migratory occupations. Thus incited, young Black criminals target lonely farms and put even young girls and old women to degrading torture. The papers laid before the International Criminal Court contain the evidence: Victims are raped, and killed by shooting, decapitation and mutilation with pangas, by torching, hanging and cutting of arteries or throats. Others are strangled and their body orifices penetrated with long objects such as sharpened poles. Adriana Stuijt, a Dutch researcher, puts the murder figure as high as 3805.

One may ask: But do not the farmers provide bread for the nation? Do not 50 Million people want to eat? Why kill those who provide food security? Only Communists do that. - Robert Mugabe, President of Zimbabwe, for instance, carried out ‘land reforms’ which caused a severe famine. He said: “Farmers are enemies of the state!” … “The revolution is yet to be concluded” … “Farmers who resist will die.” In 2000, Zimbabwean farmers produced 2 million tons of maize. In 2011, they produced only 900 tons. In 2000 Zimbabwe harvested 250 thousand tons of grain. In 2011, they only had 10 thousand tons. Mugabe thus followed the example of Josef Stalin who, in “exterminating the Kulaks as a class,” dispossessed the productive farmers of the Ukraine and caused 6 million people to die of starvation.

We pray: “Give us this day our daily bread.” (Matthew 6:11) And God, in granting it, reminds us of that other bread which is food for our souls: “Man does not live on bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.” He also points us to the Bread of Life which is Jesus Christ our Redeemer, who says: “I am the bread of Life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.” (John 6:35) - Bread and Life go together. He who despises the one, loses the other.

In South Africa, too, there is ongoing land reform. Between 1994 and 2009 this caused a 30% decline in arable land under production, for nine out of ten farms given to Africans have proved unsuccessful. Subsistence farming just does not work. “Large-scale, highly mechanized commercial farming,” says Dr Pieter Mulder, the Deputy Minister of Agriculture, “is now the way of the world. You cannot turn the clock back four decades.” 2)

The 6 th Phase of Genocide

GENOCIDE WATCH, an international organisation led by Dr Gregory Stanton, has classified the South African farm murders as phase 6 out of 8 phases of genocide. So the situation is serious, and Afrikaners are now taking action. A book, “Treurgrond,” which chronicles the murders, has been compiled by Dr Dirk Hermann and published by Solidarity. Since no reliable police records are available, South Africans are now asked to add other cases known to them.

As stated above, a Volksraad has been elected and empowered to take the genocide case to the International Criminal Court in the Hague. The legal papers have also been submitted to the South African Government. Foreign ambassadors have been approached. The United Nations have been informed, and even the European Union has expressed its concern. These are important events, but they have been ignored by the media.

Like events in Zimbabwe, the “National Democratic Revolution” in South Africa is yet to be concluded. - “In 1994 we were liberated politically,” say ANC members, “but the economic liberation eludes us.” - The mere possession of land, they think, will make everyone rich, and especially the ANC Youth League is constantly calling for nationalisation of farms and mines, and threatening farm occupations with violence. The ANC Freedom Charter states: “The land shall be divided among those who work it. All shall have the right to occupy land wherever they choose.” 2) A Government Green Paper has been drafted which outlines the legal steps.

Thus, bit by bit, the old order with its respect for life and property is being eroded. The hated Calvinism is being replaced by Marxism. But with the help of God there is now a stirring of faith and a new hope. -

“Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” (Proverbs 29:18, KJV)

May God bless you richly,

D. Scarborough.

Footnotes:

  • Genocide charge: “An estimated 1.800.000 Boer-Afrikaners are left in South Africa, while the non-White population probably exceeds 50.000.000.”
  • Die Afrikaner, 1-7 June, 2012: Groenskrif oor Grondhervorming. Blankes moenie grond verkoop nie.
  • Dr Pieter Mulder, Reply to President Zuma’s State of the Nation Address , 15.2.12. According to Dr Mulder, the ANC leaders Cyril Ramaphosa and Tokyo Sexwale have bought up large tracts of agricultural land. The latter recently bought 30 farms from White Farmers in the Vryburg area.

THE CHRISTIAN AFRIKANERS

A Brief History of Calvinistic Afrikanerdom from 1652-1980
by Rev Prof Dr Francis Nigel Lee, LL.B, ThD, PhD, STD, DMin, DEd.*

In view of the decades-long defamation of the Christian Afrikaners (which needs to be countered) we excerpt from Dr Lee’s lectures given at the Geneva Divinity School in Texas during 1980.

Transplanted to South Africa in 1652

The eschatology of victory has stretched from Adam, down through Calvary, to the later Protestant Reformation. Genesis 2:3f to 3:15f; Matthew 1:1f to 28:19f; and Revelation 12:5 to 14:7f. Then, from Protestant Holland, in 1652, the first White colonists left Europe and planted Calvinism and civilisation at the extreme southern tip of Africa… There were no Black people whatsoever in southern Africa at the time the Whites got there. The Blacks arrived later from the north. That is not to say that there were no people in what is today South Africa, when the Whites got there in 1652. There were indeed extremely sparse numbers of yellow-skinned people (known as the Hottentots) and reddish-skinned peoples (known as the Bushmen).

Those peoples seem to have been, if not the original inhabitants of Africa, then at any rate the inhabitants of all of Central Africa and Southern Africa at the time the Blacks began to push southward and to squash and displace these yellow-skinned and reddish-skinned peoples – pushing them south into what is today Southern Africa. So when the Whites came to South Africa in 1652, the only people they discovered there at all were non-Blacks… The Black Africans arrived in South Africa as immigrants – one hundred and thirty years after the first White Africans had arrived there…

From Religious Persecution to a New Life

Of the Whites in South Africa whose ancestors have been there from 1652 (almost the same time as the first major White colonisation of North America) we can say that such Whites were principally of French Calvinist, Dutch Calvinist, German Calvinist, and Scottish Calvinist descent… The interesting thing is that all these European strands have gone into the melting pot and have produced a new White nation in South Africa – the Afrikaners. - In much the same way, people came to the USA from England, Scotland, Ireland, Scandinavia, Germany, France, Italy, Spain and Eastern Europe. They have now gone into the American melting pot and have produced a new White race or nation, the White American people.

I suppose we could well start with France. That land is one of the most important roots of the White South African civilisation. After all, Calvin was a Frenchman… South Africa became the haven of those French Huguenots who (because of Catholic persecution) had to flee for their life. This had a very wonderful effect on the development of Calvinism in South Africa. If Dutch Calvinism and German Calvinism had been vigorous and blunt, French Calvinism introduced an element of southern hospitality and graciousness which the Dutch and Germans lacked.

So this resulted in a happy mix. It produced a people who would be frank like the Germans – but also refined and sweet at least some of the time like the French. All that went into the melting pot. The influence of Calvin is thus very marked in South Africa. Indeed, about fifty miles from the place where my wife grew up, there is a town called Calvinia – deliberately named after John Calvin in Switzerland. It is indeed quite a centre of Calvinist thought, even though it is a rural town and not really urbanised…

A second root of South African Calvinism is German Calvinism. I remind you that it was in Germany that the Heidelberg Catechism was born in 1562. It was accepted as authoritative in the Dutch churches at the Synod of Dort in 1618 and 33 years thereafter exported to South Africa. During the same period it was also exported to New York State (under Pieter Stuyvesant) through the oldest denomination in North America (the Dutch Reformed Church).

The third root of South African Calvinism is Dutch Calvinism. That is the Calvinism of the Belgic Confession of southern Holland in 1562; the five-point Calvinism of the International Synod of Dort in Holland in 1618; and the Calvinism of Gisbert Voetius, the father of Roman-Dutch Law. He took the Old and the New Testaments very seriously, and designed the jurisprudential outline for the ruling of society in 1636. It is also the Calvinism of the Dort Dutch Bible and its postmillennial and theonomic footnotes (of 1637) – the Calvinism that was exported to South Africa just fifteen years after that…

Good Hope

Now in the last major year (1647) of Britain’s Calvinistic Westminster Assembly, the Dutchman Leendert Janszen was shipwrecked off the southern tip of Africa – trying to establish a reliable southern (and then an eastbound) water route to Indonesia (where the Dutch had secured a colony in 1602-1605). His ship, the North Haarlem, was wrecked in a very stormy part of southern Africa, which he called the Cape of Good Storms.

Janszen went back and dejectedly told the Dutch East India Company, which was a Calvinistic trading organisation, that he had been shipwrecked off the Cape of Good Storms. They said: “No, you are too pessimistic… We are going to call it, as good optimists, the Cape of Good Hope – not the Cape of Good Storms!” So it was, that they made the decision – in spite of the inhospitable nature of the water currents near what was later to become Cape Town – to establish the Cape Colony.

Just thirty-two years earlier, three ships had come sailing from Holland to North America, bringing the Pilgrims with the Mayflower Compact to New England. Now, thirty-two years later, three ships came sailing from the same Holland, but this time southbound to Southern Africa. They were the good ship Dromedaris (meaning “camel”), the good ship Reyger, and the good ship Good Hope (not “Good Storms”).

Now when Janszen got back to Holland after the shipwreck in 1650, the Dutch East India Company decided to colonise the Cape. This was done chiefly to set up a recovery and vegetable supply station – to help the Dutch ships on their way through to Indonesia (where the real wealth was).

Christian Commitment

The following resolution was taken: “May we live in good association with South Africa, and in time employ some of her children (meaning the small numbers of yellow-skinned Hottentots) as servants and helpers, and train them in the Christian religion. Thus, if it pleases Almighty God to bless these good matters, may many souls be brought to the Reformed Christian religion and to God. As such, may the building of a fort and a garden and a town at the Cape – Cape Town – not only redound to the advantage and profit of the honourable Dutch East India Company. May it also redound for the preservation and salvation of many human lives. That is the most important aspect in the magnification of God’s most holy Name and the propagation of His Holy Gospel. Thereby our honourable Company’s activities throughout Indonesia will undoubtedly more and more be blessed!”

And so it was that two years later, the Dutch East India Company decided to establish this colony at the southern tip of Africa. As its governor, it sent out Dr Jan van Riebeeck MD, a Calvinist physician. He was married to a French-speaking Huguenot lady, Maria de la Quellerie. Three ships came sailing. They brought with them to the southern tip of Africa the Heidelberg Catechism, the Belgic Confession, the five-point “Tulip” Decree of Dort, the Dort Dutch Bible – and also a commission from the Presbytery of Amsterdam to establish a congregation of the Reformed religion in Southern Africa. They brought with them the influence of Luther and especially of John Calvin. That has been precious in South Africa ever since.

The godly governor Jan van Riebeeck MD caught sight of Table Mountain – flat on top, a mile high, soaring up out of the sea. As the waves were crashing against the beach, he got down on his knees on the sand and prayed the following prayer: “O merciful gracious God and heavenly Father! As it has pleased Thy Divine Majesty to call us here at the Cape of Good Hope to gather, with our own Council, in Thy holy Name – may we make such decisions as maintain justice and, if it be possible, implant and expand Thy true Reformed Christian religion in Thy good time among these wild and brutal natives to the praise and honour of Thy Name. This we pray and desire in the Name of Thy dear Son, our Mediator and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen!”

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* Dr Lee was Chairman of the Departments of Systematic Theology & Church History at the Queensland

Presbyterian Theological Hall, Brisbane, Australia. He died at the end of 2011.

To be continued….



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