Friday, April 6, 2012

Deleting Jan van Riebeeck from History

Old South African currency featuring Jan van Riebeeck
Sourced from Wikipedia

On 6 April 1652, 360 years ago, Jan van Riebeeck and other members of the VOC (Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie) set foot at Cape Town. 6 April used to be known as Van Riebeeck's Day, and later as Founders' Day but the holiday was abolished by the ANC government after the democratic elections of 1994.

Jan van Riebeeck is of cultural and historical significance to South Africa, but the Mayor of Cape Town, Patricia de Lille, and apparently numerous others, don’t think so. I wonder if de Lille is aware of the fact that the coat of arms of the city of Cape Town is based on the Van Riebeeck family coat of arms? -- (Oh my, I should not have mentioned that, now they’re going to change that too!)

Although many Afrikaners erroneously view him as the founding father of their nation, it’s a partially false perception largely spurred on by the national politics of bygone days, but we wont go into all that now.

Van Riebeeck’s image appeared ubiquitously on stamps and the South African currency from the 1940’s up until 1993 when the South African Reserve Bank changed the currency to an apolitical design of the fauna and flora of the region. - Source - Giliomee, H and Mbenga, B.K. (2007). New History of South Africa. Tafelberg, Cape Town. ISBN 978-0-624-04359-1

I also noticed, while watching the 7pm news tonight, that while Christians from all over the world (and a few in South Africa) were holding processions to commemorate Good Friday today, a couple of Cape Town scallywags, who claimed they were Khoi-San, were having some-or-other protest in the direct vicinity of Van Riebeecks statue. I suppose it will only be a matter of time before that goes too!

I think it is shocking how the history and heritage of the Afrikaner/Boers/Europeans in this country is being destroyed by the ANC government and the liberal DA mob who claim to be the ANC’s official opposition.

The following extract sourced from shows how truth has been deviously distorted by the superfluous addition of expressions:

[I’ve placed these expressions in italics and in square brackets]

While the Company strove to be the sole buyer and to keep prices low, the Khoikhoi tried to protect the viability of their herds by selling only sheep or sickly cattle. [Deeply frustrated about the reluctance of the Khoikhoi to trade, Commander Van Riebeeck contemplated enslaving the Khoikhoi near his fort and seizing their herds and flocks.] But the Company was anxious to avoid deep entanglements in southern Africa; it had declared the Khoikhoi a free people who could be neither conquered nor enslaved. [Somewhat grudgingly], Van Riebeeck abided by this policy, devoting much of his ten year command to intricate diplomatic manoeuvres designed to win the goodwill of [at least some] Khoikhoi.

Van Riebeeck day no longer relevant- De Lille
Eyewitness News

Jan van Riebeeck’s arrival at the Cape in South Africa 360 years ago was no longer relevant, Cape Town Mayor Patricia De Lille said on Friday.

April 6 was celebrated as Founders Day until 1994.

But, the public holiday was subsequently abolished.

De Lille believed the day had no special significance.

“It is not true that Cape Town was founded by van Riebeeck because there were people here already.”

(Yes, there were hunter-gatherer people wandering around all over Africa at the time, but they never founded a city!)

She said Founders Day was a distortion of the truth during apartheid.

“It was corrected when the new democratic government came into power in 1994.”

(Edited by Zethu Zulu)

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Anonymous said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

What else can one expect from a "Black Sash" bitch such as her?

She is nothing more than one of those “useful idiots” one keeps hearing about, and oh how the ANC must be rolling around laughing right now.

It makes me want to vomit. That is blatant betrayal of the true history of South Africa.

Just who can one vote for anymore?

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Let me qualify what I said above......

Unless de Lille spoke out of turn, her comments could only have seen the light of day if they'd been sanctioned by Zille. Otherwise, Zille would have distanced herself from them by now.

Who wouldn't love to be a fly on the wall when de Lille, Zille and Mazibuko put their heads together behind closed doors.

They'd be like the three witches in Macbeth, I reckon.

Anonymous said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

If you knew your history you would know Van Riebeeck was recalled on suspicion of embezzelment in Batavia. He was not the upright christian portayed, nor were his crew - they were low class (often criminals). This criminality is still evident in the behaviour of some afrikaaners today. Please leave history to the eduacated.

Tia Mysoa said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

@Anonymous (3 Aug - 6:30PM)
I receive 100s of similar anonymous comments on this blog which need to be moderated. Normally I’d delete factually incorrect thumb-sucking rubbish of this sort, but I’ve decided to make an exception in your case – not because you will come back here to read my reply (anonymous commentators seldom do), but for the sake of others who may read this posting and who are perhaps contemplating on posting similar junk.

There’s an old saying… “THINK, before you Speak!” New saying… “Google before you Post.” While minor spelling errors are tolerable, it would be good if commentators check their spelling before posting, especially in cases where people rebuke others on matters of EDUCATION as the above ‘Anon’ has so callously done.

Facts for the record…
Only 10 years of Van Riebeeck’s 58 years of life played a factor in the Cape, hence the reason why not many Afrikaners alive today (who know their history) will regard him as the founding father of their nation. Today’s Afrikaners are descended from a wide variety of European stock, so it’s totally ludicrous to state that “this criminality is still evident in the behaviour of some afrikaaners (sic) today.”

Was Van Riebeeck a criminal?
Prior to his 1652 mission in the Cape he was the head of the VOC trading post in Tonkin (North Vietnam). However, he was called back from this post as it was discovered that he was conducting trade for his own account. Although private trade was widely practised by poorly paid VOC officials, Van Riebeeck’s actions were considered illegal by the VOC as he held the position of Merchant with the company. Van Riebeeck was thus found guilty and convicted of private silk trading by the Court of Justice in Batavia and ordered to return to Holland. The High Government of the day did not take the charge too seriously… His misdemeanour had nothing to do with criminality; it was merely a transgression of Company Rules.

Networks of Empire: Forced Migration in the Dutch East India Company, by Kerry Ward. ISBN: 978-0521885867 - [pages 132 – 133]

Sanctions and Honorary Whites: Diplomatic Policies and Economic Realities in Relations between Japan and South Africa, by Masako Osada. ISBN: 978-0313318771 – [page 28]

Anonymous said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

Firstly let me compliment you on a well written and factual piece, however as a “Coloured” person, I agree with De Lille that we should not celebrate the arrival of JVR, but it should however be observed, after all the Dutch arrival led to the multicultural Cape of today, also I’ve heard a lot of people saying that JVR was a criminal and that sending him to the Cape was his punishment, thanks for clarifying the fact that his actions were nothing more than not adhering to company policy, hardly criminal, also the Khoi were not hunter gatherers but farmers. But still JVR, Dias, even Mark Shuttleworth(yes even him), even though they were white, should be recorded in history without favor or bias, I can only imagine how Mandela’s actions will be recorded, will his involvement in creating an armed wing who were involved in making apartheid SA totally ungovernable, even be recorded, I guess only time will tell.BTW, heard the image of JVR was not really his, true or not?

Tia Mysoa said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

@Anon (5 Sept) – Thank you for visiting this blog and also for the kind words in your comment. Apparently the image used on the familiar old SA currency notes was not that of Van Riebeeck, but of Bartholomeus Vermuyden – Source: Giliomee, H and Mbenga, B.K. (2007). New History of South Africa. Tafelberg, Cape Town. ISBN 978-0-624-04359-1

See also the portrait in the “Rijksmuseum” here.

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