The two videos imbedded in this posting were extracted from a longer video – published on YouTube on 3 December 2012. The contents relate to the Boer-Afrikaner People’s Council (hereafter referred to as “the Volksraad”) and their Claim to Self-determination, which was delivered to various embassies as well as to the office of the United Nations in Pretoria. The event took place on Friday, 30th November 2012.
The full-length video (28:34 min) titled, “Afrikanervolk se eis om Selfbeskikking Nov 30 2012” can be viewed on YouTube.
In addition to the “Claim to Self-determination” the Volksraad also handed over to the UN Office a copy of a charge they had drafted for the attention of the Human rights Commission. The charge to the Human Rights Commission was laid on 3 December 2012, following the ANC Government's failure to comply with the provisions of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. South Africa signed the convention on 3 October 1994 and ratified it on 10 December 1998, yet - up till now the ANC has been negligent in keeping to the provisions of the convention and has failed to respond to written communication sent to them by the Volksraad.
Part I (Article 1) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights reads as follows:
“All peoples have the right of self-determination. By virtue of that right they freely determine their political status and freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development.”
Article 235 of the South African Constitution recognises a community’s self-determination within the framework of the Constitution and the law.
The Volksraad’s Claim to Self-determination can be downloaded here in English and here in Afrikaans. The download format is pdf.
The Volksraad were well received at the embassies of the Netherlands and the United States of America, as well as at the Office of the United Nations. However, they were not so well received at the embassies of Germany and France. Both these embassies refused to accept any papers from the Volksraad.
The following video-clip shows a portion of an impromptu speech delivered by Volksraad member and coordinator, Paul Kruger, and how he felt about the French and German embassy’s refusal to accept the papers. The language spoken in this video is Afrikaans:
The following clip shows the handing over of the papers by Volksraad Chairman, Andries Breytenbach, to a United Nations official outside the UN Office in Pretoria. The last portion of the video also records a few words (and promises) spoken by the UN official. The language spoken in the video is English:
The content of the videos speak for themselves; I have nothing more to add, except…
“If you are going through hell, keep going.”
“Dripping water hollows out stone, not through force but through persistence.”
Publius Ovidius Naso (43 BC – 17 AD) Roman poet
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