Friday, April 16, 2010

Not an Apartheid Era Flag.

The following is how the CBC web site describes the Vyfkleur flag. [ More on Vyfkleur flag here. ] An unmistakable Boer pre Apartheid era flag dating from the second Anglo-Boer War. A man [ no doubt a proud Boer ] holds up the Vyfkleur in the following photo taken recently outside of court & posted on the web page in question but the CBC then engages in bad journalism by calling the flag he holds "an Apartheid era flag" thus totally distorting the true meaning of the flag & long struggle for Boer self determination. Notice the caption under the photo in question.


This is just proof positive that the Western media are lazy journalists at best or are propagandizing distorters at worst. Perhaps a combination of both. I guess no one should be surprised that none other than the CBC: the Canadian public broadcaster has labeled the Vyfkleur quote: "an Apartheid era flag". I doubt they even know that the flag in the photo in question is even called a Vyfkleur [ five colour ] yet alone that it was adopted long before the establishment of Apartheid. For those who might not know [ that's you CBC! ] the Vyfkleur is not & can not possibly be "an Apartheid era flag" because it was a flag adopted during the second Anglo-Boer War by Boer Commandos who were fighting against Colonialism [ ie: the forces which later adopted Apartheid ] & for their freedom & self determination within their half century old internationally recognized independent Boer Republics. The Vyfkleur flag was a distinct & clever combination of the national flags of the then two Boer Republics [ remove the the vertical bar & you have the upper left region of the Orange Free State Vierkleur / remove the horizontal orange bar & you have the Transvaal Vierkleur ] which were fighting for their survival against Britain. This era of course was long before the Apartheid era. The Vyfkleur flag was also later adopted by the BWB in the past & its members often wore the flag on the upper region of their right shirt sleeves but it was originally designed as a war flag by the fighting Boer Commandos during the second Anglo-Boer War.

Link to full hit piece article here.

Neither is it surprising that the CBC totally distorts & distracts from the topic.



14 Opinion(s):

Ron. said...

This of course was not the only flag that the media in general distorts as " an Apartheid era flag" as it appears to be some talking point the media have picked up on & turned into a meme & in the process are further discrediting themselves by displaying such bad journalism. One also must wonder if the man holding the flag in question is EVEN a member of the AWB or if that was FURTHER & yet another presumption on their part. Because if they in fact interviewed him & he in fact admitted to being a supporter of the AWB - you would think that they might have just asked him about the flag he was holding & verified it for themselves [ you know - that little thing called journalism ] instead of filing such an embarrassingly bad report. There really is no excuse for such bad journalism & Canadians would not like it very much if THEIR precious national flag [ or their own war flags for that matter ] were distorted in similar fashion.

laager said...

Similarly the "old" SA - oranje-banje-blou - flag is now vilified as the flag of the oppressor.

The reality is that it is a flag of reconciliation agreed to and endorsed by Britain

Up until then the flag of the Union was a British colonial flag.
A predominant Union Jack on a red background with the Union coat of arms in a rondel to the side.

The new flag recognised the Boer Republics and the British Colonies on a modified Dutch tri-colour; orange replaced red - to confirm who the original pioneers of European civilisation in Southern Africa were.

In this respect SA was way ahead of Canada, Australia and New Zealand who had equal Dominion status. Their flags, until the creation of the Canadian maple leaf design, were firmly tied to Britain as still can be seen in the Australian and New Zealand flags today.

The Boere were even further ahead of the game when they regained their Republic in 1961. Neither Canada, Australia and New Zealand have got their yet.

Anonymous said...

It amazes me that some people STILL believe the western media to be "lazy" or "ignorant" whilst they are doing their best to detroy the Christian White African Nation!

Common Sense

eduard said...

They must use the freedom flag (vryheids vlag) of green vertical sidebar and instead of the red top horizontal bar, it should be an orange horizontal bar on top and then the white horizontal bar in the middle and the blue horizontal bar on the bottom. The five coloured flag looks like the rainbow nation flag or for that matter the moffie flag.

Cle said...

Striking photograph : completely black police against whites mourners.

Ron. said...

Laager. The Boers never got their Boer Republics back & they most certainly did not get them back in 1961: the very same year that Robert van Tonder left the National Party specifically because he wanted the Boers to restore the Boer Republics. Therefore your comment is rather offensive & quite hurtful to those Boers who struggled all throughout the 20th cent in an unsuccessful effort at regaining or restoring their old Boer Republics.

The Afrikaner establishment prevented the Boers from restoring their republics on numerous occasions. First during the Maritz Rebellion of 1914 / then again during the 1940s when upwards of 500 000 folks were calling for the restoration of the Boer Republics only to be broken up by the Afrikaner establishment / then again later when the movement began to grow once again from the late 1970s onwards.

Robert van Tonder [ who was advocating for the restoration of the Boer Republics since 1961: the same year the usurper Verwoerd turned the macro State South Africa into a nominal republic ] was severely opposed & repressed by the National Party regime & even physically intimidated him in the process. Erroneously claiming that the Boers "got their republics back" [ ! ] is not only a lie but a does a gross disservice & injustice against van Tonder & those who struggled so hard & courageously - during an era of censorship & repression - to regain the Boer Republics.

The Boerestaat Party was later founded with the sole purpose of restoring the Boer Republics though democratic means mainly via a proposed referendum which the National Party regime denied.

The following excerpts from the article on his death over ten years ago highlight the point.

[ Van Tonder broke away from the
National Party in 1961 because of what he described as its betrayal of the old Boer republics. ]

[ Van Tonder founded the Boerestaat Party in 1986 to fight for the restoration of the old Transvaal, Northern Natal and Free State Boer republics. ]

[ The Boerestaat Party said in a statement in Johannesburg:
"Robert, who was the bravest among the brave, is no longer with us. He devoted his life and his possessions to fighting for the survival of his people." ]

From: Robert van Tonder Dies.

The Boers were marginalized by the Afrikaner Nationalists as the Boers are the smaller segment of the total / macro White Afrikaans speaking population.

Ron. said...

Furthermore: the orange / white & blue horizontal tri colour was adopted as the national flag of South Africa in 1927 because it was widely believed to have been the first flag ever raised in what later became known as South Africa. Also: that particular design was no longer in use as a national flag at the time [ as the Netherlands had long since abandoned it ] therefore was thought to be distinctive enough not to be confused with another national flag. The red / white & blue horizontal tri colour flag was the first Boer Republican flag ever adopted by the Boers when they established their first Boer Republics on the Cape frontier back in 1795 & was a motif which later found its way into numerous other later Boer Republic flags. The design was taken from the flag then used at the Batavian Republic thus had republican connotations. The orange / white & blue South African flag was adopted as a compromise flag between the 3 main White ethnic groups.

Ron. said...
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Ron. said...

Eduard. That flag you refer to was itself an old Anglo-Boer War era flag used by fighting Boer Commandos & was often called the Strydvlag. It was a flag apparently used by the Cape Rebels. This flag was later adopted by the Freedom Front in 1994 & was then called / dubbed the Vryheidsvlag but it was simply the Strydvlag renamed & adopted within a different time frame but somewhat similar context.

eduard said...

Ron, you are right there. Correct me if I am wrong, the orange/white/blue was also used by Prince William of Orange in his fight to regain the south of the Netherlands from the Catholic Spanish. He had the different groups of the Netherlands (Fries et al) and also the Huguenots in his battle against the Spanish. Needless to say . he won the battle and the Netherlands was Protestant again.
The reason for sticking to the orange bar is that the Boers' ancestry goes back to Prince William of Orange.

eduard said...

Ron, you are right there. Correct me if I am wrong, the orange/white/blue was also used by Prince William of Orange in his fight to regain the south of the Netherlands from the Catholic Spanish. He had the different groups of the Netherlands (Fries et al) and also the Huguenots in his battle against the Spanish. Needless to say . he won the battle and the Netherlands was Protestant again.
The reason for sticking to the orange bar is that the Boers' ancestry goes back to Prince William of Orange.

Ron. said...

The reason for adopting the orange / white & blue Prince Flag has nothing to do with the Boers' ancestry - as the Boers in fact have very few actual Dutch roots - but everything to do with trying to find a neutral flag - though the flag itself was similar to the one used by the Dutch East India Co & people have stated that the colours were chosen to represent the Cape Dutch descended Afrikaners of the Western Cape who would of course not be represented by either the British nor Boer Republic flags. This colour scheme is one of the reasons why the old flag is often viewed as "an Apartheid flag" because people presume that the orange / white & blue colours are "flaunting Dutch roots" when in fact the colours were chosen as they were thought of [ back then ] as being neutral. Which is all rather ironic now because the old South African flag - which was a compromise flag - sure as hell is no longer considered a neutral flag.

laager said...

@ Ron

"Erroneously claiming that the Boers "got their republics back" [ ! ] is not only a lie but a does a gross disservice & injustice against van Tonder & ......"

I never said that Ron. Here is what I said

"The new flag recognised the Boer Republics and the British Colonies on a modified Dutch tri-colour; orange replaced red - to confirm who the original pioneers of European civilisation in Southern Africa were."

From the reading that I have done, I agree with eduard as to the source of the Oranje band in the flag

The Afrikaners/Boere did regain their republics in 1961. They were masters of their own destiny until 1994 when international pressure and a black population explosion (created by Boer/Afrikaner/English compassion for the black man) resulted in majority rule.

I suspect that the reason the Nationalists opposed Robert van Tonder was that they could see the commercial interdependent merits of maintaining a unitary Republic with the proviso that the black African nations become independent, as they had no desire to rule them

Ron. said...

This assertion of yours is total Broederbond distortion & even Western based ignorant nonsense because the Boers were sure as hell not in any form masters of their own destiny! & they sure as hell did not get their republics back in 1961. What you are doing is implying that the Boers regained their republics just because the macro State of South Africa was turned into a NOMINAL republic. The Boers of those regions were of course still under Afrikaner domination.

Furthermore: you are not reading what I wrote. The orange / white & blue flag has NOTHING to do with the "original pioneers of civilization" as it was chosen for its HISTORICAL value to the region being the first flag raised.

Robert van Tonder was opposed because his proposal called for the total break up of South Africa in a manner which would have threatened the Afrikaner establishment & the elites who were in control of the region. The National Party was opposed to Boer independence for much the same reasons that the British were. The Boers are seen as a threat to the local surrogate Colonial regimes & to the supra power.