Orania pins its hopes on Ramaphosa

Between the election of Cyril Ramaphosa as president of the ANC and the relaxation of liberal individualism’s stranglehold in Europe, 2018 may be the right time to start pushing for a full-blown Afrikaner homeland again, the Orania Movement believes. Even if that is not the case, changes in the political winds at least mean that the proto-homeland movement can insert itself into the post-colonial discourse elsewhere in Africa, and link itself with “increasing cultural awareness in Eastern Europe”. Because, after decades of it being the preserve of the fringes, “cultural self-determination is again a subject that can be discussed in polite conversation”, said Orania Movement President Carel Boshoff Jr in an open letter this week, in which he called for renewed involvement in and support for an Afrikaner homeland. Afrikaners have less leverage and fewer resources than they did in 1988, when a predecessor to the Orania Movement started pushing for such an enclave, Boshoff…
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