Sunday, September 20, 2009

Forced Removal Under Apartheid... of White Folks.

The old Apartheid laws are often noted for having displaced & relocated certain numbers of the Bantu population but these exact same laws ALSO removed & relocated White folks as well. During the Apartheid era the South African government forceably removed the German community of the Eastern Cape in order to make more room for the Ciskei homeland. Various German communities had been established there since the 19 century but many had over time gone or left. The remaining major German community was broken up as a result [ rather ironically ] of the long arm of Apartheid legislation.


The implementation of the Group Areas Act, one of the corner stones of the Apartheid Policy, was the final blow for a separate German community in the Eastern Cape. To reduce contact between race groups in South Africa, every group was to be given its own separate piece of land. While the Europeans received by far the most and the best land, they did lose some areas to other groups. One such area was that part of the Eastern Cape which later became the Ciskei. As this was where the first two groups of Germans had been settled, their land was expropriated by the government. All remaining Germans had to move down into the main towns, and as a result, a separate German community in the Eastern Cape ceased to exist.

Source: The Kaffraria Germans.

Forced removals was therefore not a race specific phenomenon.

13 Opinion(s):

Doberman said...

Very interesting Ron., didn't know about this historical fact. I suppose the anti-apartheid movement did (with them being so acutely in tune with everything going on in SA) and thus protested against this travesty as well against Whites? No....?

Anonymous said...

My Mom grew up in SA in the 60's when they focibly removed the coloreds from District 6 to various other colored areas. The press loves to carry on about these evictions being due to Apartheid, but she remembers that the main reason was the amount of criminal activity happening there -criminals would go into the CBD; commit a crime and then run and hide in District 6. No one talks about this being the reason - the reason is always blamed on Apartheid...

Anonymous said...

Our family also lost the family farm in the Transkei. I had never been to the farm, but I remember my g-gran always telling us how beautiful it was with fountains cascading down the hills and the most beautiful wild flowers!! The most beautiful part of our country - and I wonder what it looks like today!!
Anonymrs
Bloemfontein

Anonymous said...

Factually incorrect regarding disappearance of Germans in Eastern Cape. I lived / worked in East London during the late 80s early 90s and many residents had German surnames. There was also a thriving German club in East London. And why do you think Mercedes Benz had / has its Wabenzi plant in East London with Germans from Germany in management positions? C'mon Ron stop the misinformation man!

Anonymous said...

I have two groups of friends (white families) who lost their farms when Bophutatswana was created. They were given houses outside Pretoria but would've prefered to stay on the Land!

Also, re. the "whites got the most land" story, exclude the Karoo Desert and suddenly they got less land than the blacks!

Viking said...

Ron, excellent article.

To anon who said, "stop the misinformation man!",
nowhere does it say that the Germans ceased to exist!
They may have had their own separate community, but afterward were integrated with other whites.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the misinformation Viking. Tweeling with Ron ne? Wake up. Your comment is ignorant twaddle.

Anonymous said...

Viking I was a conscripted commando in SA before you were born, so your born again "Hallelujah Praise The Ron" expedience and gullibility on SA history which I lived through in the Eastern Cape and elsewhere is laughable. You have the glib makings of a BC clone. Watch your step toddler!

Viking said...
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Ron. said...

This Anon who appears to make a persistent habit of attacking just about anything I post wherever I go should really tell us who he [ I have my suspicions though ] is or at the very least explain why he has a problem with what I post. I never said that all of the Germans "disappeared" just that the major established community [ I noted that there were various communities ] was broken up. Most of the Germans were absorbed into the local White population of the region though. The whole point of the article was not supposed to be about the Germans themselves as I referenced to this episode of history concerning the Germans to make a LARGER point [ which you clearly missed ] which was that the Apartheid laws ALSO affected some White folks in the SAME negative manner as constantly stated in the media concerning non White people. I want to know once & for all why the hell you constantly distort what I post & why you always take such constant vituperate opposition to it while never explaining what the problem is. This is troll like behaviour. I am still waiting for you to explain to us why you said that I am "anti-English" based solely on my noting of the FACTUAL history of British Imperialism. Furthermore you engaged in distortion in the African Crisis discussion back in March when you noted that the Boers also have Portuguese surnames [ a point I NEVER disputed ] & then implied that my point concerning their ethnic origins was "wrong" based on this fact was classic distortion on your part because you clearly did not take into account the fact that the Portuguese were part of the Boers ancestors & that numerous Portuguese individuals have been absorbed into the Boers over the course of centuries.

Viking said...

Dear Anon.
pray tell how my comment makes me gullible?

Toddler??!! Listen, granddad. If you were really picking daisies around the Eastern Cape before I was born, then it's doubtful that by now you can shoot - or piss- straight, so are in no position to make personal threats.

It seems you've been humping the she-boons down there too long as it looks like you've gone "native". Try making constructive comments and building solidarity instead.

Islandshark said...

Could anon & co return to where they came from? It is clear quite a few villages are being deprived of their idiots with this bunch plonkering around here...

Mad Kiwi said...

We (my parents) were forced to sell our 50 HA farm in the Moloto area (north west from Pretoria, area called Enkeldoringoog) for next to nothing (R15000) as the area was earmarked as a black area in the 80s.

Google Earth/Maps shows it's now a big township.

I would have so much like to still owned the farm, it was such an unspoiled area at the time, so peaceful and scenic. Now it's a junglebunny zoo...