English vs Afrikaners: Always has been, always will be


LAST week a little known Afrikaner woman writer, one Botes, grabbed newspaper headlines throughout Southern Africa, all for racist reasons.
The poor woman speaking as if she was ‘Rigioni from the Bible’ possessed by several evil apartheid and British empire demons said she did not like black people one little bit.
Yes, that she was only comfortable and felt safe in the company of white people in South Africa and the world at large.
So-called coloured and Indians would only come into the picture if she was really forced to share their company.
However, as far as blacks are concerned, she wants nothing to do with them.
Blacks do not fit the bill as far as she is concerned.
Ms Botes then went on to say that that there were very good reasons why she did not like black people.
Black people were criminals layabouts, etc she barked like a mongrel.
The flipside to what Botes said above was to say that, in South Africa whites of various ethnic groups, especially English and Afrikaners had always lived happily with one another all the way up today.
Their harmony was only broken by black people who were bad guys, no wonder Botes herself does not want to have anything to do with them.
Botes got a lot of support for her racist views from many whites via ‘twitter’ and facebook.
It is our submission in this article that Botes is lying to say whites, especially the Afrikaner – her people and the English have always lived harmoniously in South Africa while their peace was only disturbed by black people.
On the contrary, through historical evidence, we want to show that the English and Botes’ Afrikaner people have always been at each other’s throats in her country from way back up today.
Furthermore, that this false story about white unity and harmony has always been told in Southern Africa all throughout colonial times to rally whites to fight blacks and take over their resources.
It has no place in history or today’s reality as the following narration shows.
The very first conflict between the English and Afrikaner happened in the Cape.
The Dutch Afrikaners arrived in South Africa earlier than the English.
However, in 1806 the English came and conquered the Afrikaners in the Cape.
The English then went on to bring lots and lots of their kind to try and outnumber the Afrikaners.
And so in 1820 lots of English were brought to South Africa.
Faced with the above situation, the Afrikaners ran away from the Cape and settled in Transvaal (Gauteng today) and Orange Free State (the Free State today).
Seeing this, the English pursed them.
“In 1877 when the Transvaal Republic (which had been founded by Afrikaners) was going through sore financial times, Britain who had been bidding her time stepped in.
“One, Sir Theophilus Shepstone in a bold move raised the Union Jack at Pretoria and formally annexed the Transvaal to the crown of Queen Victoria. “Four years later the Transvaal Boers (Afrikaners) argued to no avail with the British government to get their independence back.”
Trouble! War!
And so given the above situation the Afrikaners decided to throw the English out of the Transvaal.
“Rebellion broke out in December 1880 and all the British garrisons in the Transvaal found themselves besieged.
“At Bronkhorst Spruit two companies of the 94th regiment were ambushed suffering 157 casualties in a few minutes.
“On January 28 1881 at Laings Nek British soldiers did battle with the Boers, but were defeated suffering 173 casualties.
“Finally on February 28 in the KZN area, on a mountain called Majuba, the British were finally defeated.”
The above battles did not bring about an end to the fighting between the English and the Afrikaners over South Africa.
The mother of all their fights was to come eight years later in 1889, when the so-called ‘Anglo – Boer War’ broke out.
In the above war, the English practically invaded South Africa from the United Kingdom.
More than 200 000 troops from Britain landed on South African soil to fight the Afrikaners.
On top of these, troops also came from Australia, New Zealand and Canada to hold the British with their fight.
The Anglo-Boer War turned out to be really brutal and bitter.
The great bitterness with which that war was fought was displayed during the battle of Spion Kop in KZN where on a mere acre of land-the size of an ordinary football field, the two white tribes English and Afrikaner slaughtered one another to the tune of 600 dead.
After the above battle, the British decided to loot Afrikaner property and turn them into paupers.
That looting of Afrikaner property made the Afrikaner very bitter with the English up to today.
One of the outstanding Boer generals, one Christian De Wet who took part in the Anglo-Boer War tells us the story.
“At first the British soldier’s rations were served out daily to their troops.
“Each British soldier received the same quantity and the same quality as his comrade.
“They received theisr meat ready-cooked in the form of bully beef.
“Later finding that by looting our cattle they could get fresh meat for nothing they were no longer forced to be content with bully beef.
“They killed our oxen and sheep and were wasteful.
“Often in the camping places they had vacated we found the remains of half – eaten oxen, sheep, pigs and poultry, want only killed our cattle, and devastated our farms.”
The looting of Boer property by the English eventually led them to the construction of concentration camps for the Boer civilians.
These turned out to be for all intends and purposes, prisons of the worst kind.
Food was short, diseases were galore.
Inmates slept on bare ground.
These camps were worse than hell.
Over 20 000 Afrikaner inmates died in these camps.
The bitterness these camps generated into the Boer against the English will never leave the memory of the Afrikaner.
Never and this bitterness is still there to date.
Now after all, what we have narrated above we have Miss Botes today telling us that everything was always cosy between the English and the Afrikaner.
Only the black man is the problem.
But is it true?
Isn’t Miss Botes not aware of the English – Afrikaner tribalism that has been raging on in Durban recently?
For the benefit of you our readers, there is a big rugby Franchise called the Sharks in Durban where our own ‘Beast’, Tendai Mtawarira plays his rugby.
There has been a very bitter ‘war’ between the English and the Afrikaners in that rugby club, over something which has been suppressed.
The rugby club has not been performing to expectations partly because of the rivalry that has arisen between the English and the Afrikaners in that club.
It is therefore totally wrong for Miss Botes to say things are ‘holy and cosy’ among whites.


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