OHRIGSTAD – The newly formed political party, Front National, recently attempted to submit the biggest land claim yet in terms of the Land Claims Act at the Land Commissioner in Pretoria.
According to Mr Hannes Engelbrecht, political head of the party, the claim will test the legitimacy, honesty and objectivity of the ANC-government regarding land claims.
Engelbrecht said the claim for the land, stretching from Ohrigstad eastwards to include the Kruger National Park, is the first of several claims being prepared. Front National claims that the intention of the deed of sale was to put the land under the guardianship of the
“Dutch South African nation” as an ethnic group and was not intended as a sale to the then, or later, governments but for utilisation by the descendants now known as Afrikaner or Boer.
He said that the claimants are those descendants identifying themselves as Afrikaners with the distinct characteristics of a western or European outlook on life regarding language, culture, history and a sense of nationhood. “This will exclude people not identifying themselves with the ethnic group in a political and cultural sense.”
According to Engelbrecht the said land is the property of the Dutch South African nation according to the original Deed of Sale.
“This right was unilaterally taken from the Dutch South African nation on April 27,1994 and is currently administered by the South African Government in contravention of an international deed of sale between two nations’ descendants.”
He stated that the said land was legally obtained for the Dutch South African nation. “There was no legal right to hand this land over to a foreign government in 1994 away from the original ethnic group.
We claim the said land as our ancestral land of the Dutch South African nation, duly bought and paid for on July 25, 1846 as an ethnic group and not as individual landowners.”
The party said the sale of the land on July 25, 1846 were between King Masous (representative of the Zulu) as seller and Com SJZR Burg (representative of the Dutch South African nation) as buyer, and a copy of the agreement is filed in the Government Archives under file R117/46.
“The original agreement is in Dutch and apart from King Masous, the following witnesses signed for the Zulu nation: Samkoela (chieftain), Makienkaan (chieftain), Mandalea (chieftain).
As witnesses for the Dutch South African nation it was signed by WF Joubert, JC Steyn, JM de Beer (field cornets), L de Jager, J Lotter, H Breytenbach and PJ Coetzer.”
The sale was conducted at Kjakas Kraal, Umkumaas. It states: (in Dutch)” …ten dienste van de Hollandsche Zuid Afrikaansche Natie die thans binnen dat grond zyn en noch in vervolg door de wettige gezag onder hun ter inwooning zal gepermitteerd worde”.
Translated it states that the land is sold to those members of the Dutch South African nation and “those who in future will be permitted by their legal governance (not Government)”.
Engelbrecht siad that the receipt for the payment of the said land is filed in the Government Archives in 1846 and the copy was certified by State Secretary NJR Swart.
The receipt for the last payment in cattle was received in January 1856 and also included the Deed of Sale of July 21, 1855 to conclude the sale.
“Flowing from the above there can be no doubt that the said land, as stated in the sale agreement, was the property of the Dutch South African nation, nowadays known as Afrikaner or Boer.
There is no doubt that the land was not turned over to private ownership, but that is was to be put under the guardianship of the legal governance of said ethnic group, and not under the South African Government.
Furthermore, sale and purchase were legal and binding and the purchase was fulfilled. The descendants of the Dutch South African nation did not by any means turn over the governance of such land to any government, the South African Government included, but that the land should be governed by the descendants of the ethnic group and those they permit to settle there.
This right was at no stage turned over to the South African Government on April 27, 1994 by the descendants of the ethnic group. As the only legal, registered political party representing only descendants of the ethnic group known as Afrikaner or Boer, Front National lay claim to the land to form the governance in terms of our traditions, culture, language, and western outlook on life as intended by our ancestors.”
The land commissioner however, said they were implementing a new system and therefore the claim could not be lodged. They added that the guidelines for claims had been held back by parliament and that the president Mr Jacob Zuma had to first sign the new starting date.
Engelbrecht said that this claim was proof how one-sided and wrong the government interpreted history. “Front National will prepare three more similar claims. The party will this weekend be in discussion with the Vhangona tribe regarding self-determination for both.”