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Hollandse politikus: pleidooi vir Afrikaners

“Afrikaners verlaten het land met vliegtuigen vol… velen werden slachtoffer van plaasmoorden, gediscrimineerd op de arbeidsmarkt…’

Martin Bosma, Nederlandse parlementariër, NRC Handelsblad, Rotterdam, 20 April 2011:

Bosman Martin Nederlandse MP pleit vir oorlewing van Afrikaans Martin Bosma, die jong Nederlandse parlementariër van die ‘Party van de Vryheid’ wat die tweede ondervoorsitter is van die Tweede Kamer, skryf vandag ‘n ontroerende pleidooi vir die oorlewing van die Afrikaanse taal en die mense wat die Taal spreek in Suid-Afrika. Hy dien op die parlementêre kommissies vir Onderwijs, Cultuur en Wetenschap; Interparlementaire commissie inzake de Nederlandse Taalunie; Jeugdzorg; Volksgezondheid, Welzijn en Sport

  Hy skryf vandag soos volg:

 

O koud is die windjie en skraal.

En blink in die dof-lig en kaal,

so wyd as die Heer se genade,

lê die velde in sterlig en skade.

En hoog in die rande,

versprei in die brande,

is die grassaad aan roere

soos winkende hande.

Eugène Marais – Winternag

Ik neem een dichtbundel mee in de zwierige, bloemrijke taal die we vergeten lijken te zijn: het Afrikaans…

Onlangs ging een veronruste tweet rond. „Alle vergaderingen in de Tweede Kamer staan nu onder leiding van een Partij van de Vrijheid-er. Bosma plenair, De Roon commissie Justitie en Brinkman commissie Integratie.” De boodschap was duidelijk: de ‘Teutonen hebben de boel overgenomen’. In een krant werd dit memorabele moment beschreven als een bewijs dat mijn partij inmiddels deel uitmaakt van de elite. Zie je wel, eerst schoppen en nu zitten ze daar zelf. Gecombineerd met waarnemingen dat wij een beetje meesturen met dit kabinet en het feit dat ik te gast was bij de Wiardi Beckman Stichting van de PvdA (gisteravond, ik heb het overleefd – dank u wel) leidt dit al snel tot de conclusie dat wij arrivé zijn. In werkelijkheid staan we nog steeds voor dezelfde, soms harde standpunten. Dat blijven we vrolijk doen.

Ik ben de tweede ondervoorzitter van de Kamer. Daarom mag ik veel plenaire vergaderingen leiden. Als u nu op Politiek 24 kijkt, ziet u me zitten. Vandaag ben ik aan de beurt, van 13.00 uur tot het einde van de avondvergadering. Ook morgen ben ik degene die het licht uitdoet in de plenaire zaal. Is dat mooi werk? Absoluut. Is het wel eens saai? Zeker. Niet elke uitwijding over de kokkelvisserij of het nieuwe belastingverdrag met Oppervolta is even fascinerend. Niet ieder Kamerlid is gezegend met de gave van het woord.

Daar heb ik iets op gevonden. Eerst nam ik de krant mee. Dat is – excusez le mot – geen ponem. Een boek vereist te veel toewijding. Zit je er net in, moet je weer een interruptie toestaan. Poëzie laat zich makkelijker in- en uitstappen.

Tegenwoordig heb ik daarom voor de stille momenten een dichtbundel mee – niet in het hoekige Nederlands, maar in de zwierige, bloemrijke taal die we vergeten lijken te zijn: het Afrikaans.

Wie eenmaal N.P. van Wyk Louw, Dirk Opperman of Eugène Marais heeft gelezen, zal nooit meer lichtvaardig denken over die wonderschone taal. Afrikaans is vereenvoudigd, zeventiende-eeuws Nederlands, bewees linguïst Edith Raidt. In de woorden van Gerard Reve is het Afrikaans „een volwaardige West-Europese cultuurtaal die zich meten kan met het Duits, het Nederlands in Europa, het Engels.”

Als erkende taal bestaat het nog niet zo lang. Heel lang debatteerden de Afrikaners over de vraag of niet gewoon Nederlands hun taal moest zijn. Dat was bijvoorbeeld de officiële taal van de Boerenrepublieken Transvaal en Oranje Vrijstaat, de landen van de ossenwagens en de voortrekkers, van Paul Kruger, Louis Botha en generaal Koos de la Rey.

“Afrikaners verlaten het land met vliegtuigen vol… velen werden slachtoffer van plaasmoorden; gediscrimineerd op de arbeidsmarkt…’

Anno 2011 is het Afrikaans een van de twaalf officiële talen van Zuid-Afrika. Dat betekent in de praktijk dat het Engels overheerst. De traditionele Afrikaanstalige universiteiten zijn verengelst. De taal verliest terrein in het openbare leven. Afrikaners verlaten het land met vliegtuigen vol, om zonder een spoor te verdwijnen, in Nieuw-Zeeland of Australië. Velen werden slachtoffer van ‘plaasmoorden’ – de bloedige aanvallen op boerderijen – of worden gediscrimineerd op de arbeidsmarkt.

‘Ons is in die kak…’  en steeds harder klinkt de roep om een volksstaat…

Zuid-Afrika scoort hoog op alle internationale lijstjes van verkrachting plus moord en doodslag – zoals ze daar zeggen: ons is in die kak. De taal van Breyten Breytenbach en Dan Roodt lijkt niet langer verzekerd van een toekomst. Nederland zou zich daarover baie zorgen moeten maken. Afrikaans is Nederlands. Het voortbestaan van het Afrikaans is het sterkste bewijs dat onze taal een internationale taal is.

Er is een tegenbeweging. Jonge Afrikaners – en kleurlingen, want de meest Afrikaanssprekenden hebben een kleurtje – proberen hun taal te redden. Steeds harder klinkt de roep om een eigen stukje onder de zon voor Afrikaners, een volksstaat. Ook de Taalunie, waarin Nederland, Vlaanderen en Suriname samenwerken, ontfermt zich over het Afrikaans.

  • Zaterdag wordt het nieuwe woordenboek Afrikaans-Nederlands gepresenteerd. In juni is er een driedaags cultureel festival over het Afrikaans. Lichtpuntjes, niet meer.

Onze talen zijn diep verbonden – in de woorden van Elisabeth Eybers, de Zuid-Afrikaanse dichter die de helft van haar leven in Amsterdam woonde: Nogtans sal jij aan mij gebonden bly / Met die onsigb’re naelstreng wat nie breek. Ook bij deze temperatuur ligt daarom vandaag weer Winternag naast mijn hamer. 

(gepubliceer met toestemming van Mnr Bosma)

http://www.tweedekamer.nl/kamerleden/alle_kamerleden/bosma_martin/index.jsp

Raymond Buys, 15, dies after hell camp

Afrikaans youth  ‘tortured and starved’ for 10 weeks, says his mother; third death at the Echo Wild Game Rangers camp run by Alex de Koker… two deaths were recorded on death certificates as ‘natural deaths’…

source: Riaan Bam  25 April 2011 ‘Sondag’ tabloid, South Africa

 BUYS RAYMOND DEAD AFTER HELLCAMP TORTURE 25APRIL2011 SON April 21 2011 – VEREENIGING. Raymond Buys, the fifteen-year-old Afrikaans youth who was rushed to hospital iDE KOKER ALEX RAN HELL CAMP WHERE YOUTH DIEDn severely emaciated condition after a ten-week stay at Echo Wild Game Rangers, a controversial ‘game-warden-training camp’ run by rightwinger Alex de Koker, has died Wednesday-night in a Vereeniging hospital according to journalist Riaan Bam of the Sondag tabloid.  This is the third death recorded at this camp. The deaths have been recorded as ‘natural deaths’.

Camp cures ‘femine traits’ in male youths…

This is the third death occurring at this camp since 2007. Parents with ‘affeminate’ youths can enrol their children in the camp for R1,500 a month to ‘make men out of them’.

In 2007, Eric Calitz, 18, and Nicolaas van der Walt, 19, also died. Alex de Koker and two assistants were arrested for these days, and released on very low bail amounts by the Swartruggens magistrate’s court. The then-national police commissioner claimed that the camp was being investigated for ‘right-wing militia training activities.’ It’s not known what has happened to this case.

Young Buys fought for his life in the intensive care unit for the past four weeks . A post-mortem examination and an inquest will be held into the cause of death. A week earlier, Echo Wild Game Ranger’s manager Alex de Koker (right) testified in the local court in front of the ‘clearly horrified’ magistrate Bruno van Eeden, that the injuries sustained by the young Buys, who was healthy and unblemished before he entered the costly training course, were 'caused by Raymond himself, for instance when he ran against the pump-house’.

Pictures submitted by the parents to the court however showed the steady deterioration of the Afrikaans youngster after his parents dropped him off at De Koker’s smallholding on 12 January 2011 until they rushed him to hospital ten weeks later. On the first photos before he started his training camp, Raymond was a healthy, cheerful and unblemished youth. His steady deterioration over the next two and a half months turned him into a walking skeleton, with numerous injuries.

His mother Wilna and her fiancee Gys Nezar told Sondag journalist Riaan Bam that her son ‘fought bravely for his life and that he now is with dear Jesus.’

http://www.sondag.co.za/artikels/Nuus/Ma-se-verdriet-

Two Afrikaans youths also died in 2007 at camp:

In 2007, 18-year-old Eric Calitz and Nicolaas van der Walt, 19, also got the chance to train as a game ranger and earn R5,000 a month – and  grabbed it. Both young Afrikaners died at Alex de Koker’s camp.  De Koker was arrested for the Calitz and Van der Walt deaths – and released on R10 000 bail. He and two of his alleged “lieutenants” Jacques Mans and   are facing trial, it was reported in 207, for the  brutal murder of 18-year-old Calitz on January 31 2007. After Calitz died, while training with 14 others in Swartruggens, in North West, his family received an SMS telling them he had died of a heart attack…

Inexplicably, Alex de Koker, 43, the chief executive of Echo Wild Game Rangers, assistants Bianca Pronk, 18, and Jacques Mans, 18, were granted very low bail at the Swartruggen’s magistrate’s court on April 18 2007. Pronk and Mans were relesed on R5,000 bail each, while De Koker was granted R10,000 bail. Police say Eric Calitz, the victim, was allegedly ‘assaulted to death’ during so-called “game ranger” training in Swartruggens in January. In a statement issued by the office of the national police commissioner, police confirmed they suspect “the paramilitary-style training presented on the course was not normal ranger training and this forms a key part of the investigation”. Police are also probing the death of another man who reportedly died during the same training session. — http://www.dispatch.co.za/2007/03/21/SouthAfrica/camp.html

The late Mr Calitz's sister, Mathilda Groenewald, was informed he had died as a result of bleeding on the brain. A devastated Groenewald and her husband Henno spoke to The Star, saying that Calitz was very ‘impressionable, slightly brain damaged and struggled to keep down a job because he was born slightly brain-damaged after he was born too early. "He was hit, burnt and wounded," Groenewald said. "It's beyond sick - it's psychopathic."Another youth, 19-year-old Nicolaas van der Walt, also died at the camp. Groenewald claims he was beaten and had a car seatbelt tied around his neck before being dragged "from the lake to the camp".
Calitz's murder, Groenewald said, was sparked by his asking De Koker if he could quit the camp.
'What did Eric do to deserve this?'

‘You aren’t a moffie…’

"Alex (de Koker) told him (Calitz) that he wasn't a moffie (gay) and he would make a man out of him."
Groenewald said her brother was a "miracle baby" who was born three months premature, died in the incubator and was brought back to life. This, unfortunately, had left him brain damaged and he never finished school. She recalled that the only jobs her brother could keep were basic security guard ones where he would earn about R1,500 a month. According to Groenewald, Van der Walt could afford the camp entrance fee of R10,000 -- but her brother could not. He arranged to work off the debt and signed a two-year contract. He had been lured in by their brother Brian Calitz, 31, who was working as an instructor in the camp. Brian is now co-operating with the police. "When they went to the camp, their cellphones were confiscated. He just disappeared," Groenewald said.

Police will have to investigate how these deaths were declared natural.. SAPF spokeswoman Sally de Beer’

Calitz's mother, according to Groenewald, is shattered and is undergoing counselling. She said the family suspected the camp was a recruitment centre for the Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging's Ystergarde (Iron Guard). "It is suspected that the paramilitary-style training presented on this course was not normal ranger training and this forms a key part of the investigation," said police spokeswoman Director Sally de Beer. De Koker, 43, had been advertising the training camps since the middle of last year, police said. The business was operating from a Vereeniging farm. Although they won't confirm it, police will now have to investigate how it came to be that the deaths were declared natural. "Every aspect of the deaths will be thoroughly investigated," was all De Beer was willing to say.

Suspects arrested without any weapons on them:

It is understood that about 13 people were involved in running the training camp, including Bianca Pronk and Jacques Mans, who were arrested with De Koker. The trainees were taught various military skills, such as leopard crawling, and were conditioned to walk and run long distances. Part of their training was apparently a two-day vasbyt (endurance march). Police detectives from the national Violent Organised Crimes Unit swooped in on their suspects the weekend before last. De Koker and Pronk were arrested in East London on Friday night while Mans was apprehended on a farm near Henderson, in the Eastern Cape. "He (De Koker) was very surprised," the source said. None of the suspects resisted arrest and no weapons were found in their possession. Pronk and Mans were released on R5,000 bail the following Monday while De Koker remained behind bars. On Tuesday, despite the state objecting, he was released on bail. He wasn ordered not to leave Gauteng and not to apply for a passport.

http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=15&art_id=vn20070321000006969C766315

http://www.boerevryheid.co.za/forums/archive/index.php/t-6275.html

 AWB wants to sue training camp organiser Alex de Koker

DE KOKER ALEX RAN HELL CAMP WHERE YOUTH DIED Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging leader Steyn van Ronge wants to sue Alex de Koker (left), who runs the controversial ‘game-warden training camp’ where 15-year-old Raymond Buys emerged in such emaciated, abused condition that he died in a Vereeniging hospital on Wednesday, April 21 2011.

http://www.sondag.co.za/artikels/Nuus/AWB-wil-Alex-hof-toe-vat-

Van Ronge accused De Koker of deliberately discrediting the AWB by using the organisation’s logos and flags to lure people to his training camp – but that the AWB have nothing to do with this and that De Koker isn’t even a member.

Sondag reported a week earlier that De Koker issued all his ‘trainee-rangers’ with AWB-membership cards which, allegedly in his words, ‘made them untouchable.’

Van Ronge is livid, telling Sondag that he issued those cards all by himself and is demonising the AWB. ‘We don’t even know anything about all these things Ronge told to Sondag. We are talking to our attorneys to undertake legal action against him. “He is linking our organisation to his criminal behaviour and this is just rubbish.’     http://www.sondag.co.za/artikels/Nuus/AWB-wil-Alex-hof-toe-vat-

Raymond de Koker: background:

Aug 17 2010 -- Elise Tempelhoff, Beeld Johannesburg - Farmers next to the Vaal River and residents of Parys are fed-up with Groenpunt Prison's "refuse" which is being dumped into the river. They complain that pieces of pork meat, blood, stomach contents, sewerage and old dishwater has for several months been running into the Vaal River from the jail.

The file-smelling waste ran into the river about 7km downstream from the Vaal Dam. Alex de Koker from Ecowild, a non-governmental organisation which looked after the interests of about 52 farmers with farms on the edge of the Vaal River, said he didn't know "where to go with his complaints". Three departments were in charge of matters at Groenpunt. The department of correctional services looked after the prisoners’ wellbeing, water affairs made sure water licences were abided to and public works maintained the infrastructure.

Bokkie Redelinghuys, acting head of the prison, said on Monday that there was "a problem" but that it had been fixed. "One of the pumps of the sewage works broke and some stuff ran into the Vaal River. But correctional services fixed it."

But when De Koker and other reliable sources went to investigate on Sunday, the situation was unchanged. De Koker said he had been complaining about the matter since May. Groenpunt had its own feeding pen with about 4 000 pigs. They were apparently slaughtered on the premises. Redelinghuys said he was not aware of this as he had only been the acting head of the prison for two months. Beeld learnt that some of the prisoners and their family members had also complained about unhygienic conditions to Rand Water.

Gregg Mulzack, head of communications at Rand Water, said it was no concern of his what was going on at Groenpunt. When Beeld pointed out to him that drinking water for Gauteng was sometimes (even if it was in small amounts) taken from the Vaal Barrage, he said the reporter "was becoming ridiculous".Water tests done by Rand Water on Monday showed no signs of any harmful bacteria or viruses, he said.

A scientist said such unhygienic conditions (like those at Groenpunt) were an ideal breeding ground for viruses like giardia and cryptosporidium. Water tests sometimes did not immediately show the presence of these viruses. "If the same water is tested two or three days later, it could possibly pick up the viruses."

Annalien Burger, chair of Save the Vaal in Parys, said she was shocked to hear of all the rubbish that Groenpunt was dumping in the Vaal River. "Don't they know it is Parys's drinking water that they are messing with? We don't have all of Rand Water's technology. Ngwathe (the municipality serving Parys) tries to purify its own water, but it is struggling." The department of water affairs was not available for comment.

http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/Farmers-Prison-polluting-Vaal-20100817