Today marks the 22nd anniversary of the Battle of Ventersdorp, where approximately 2,000 members of the Boer nationalist Afrikaner Resistance Movement (AWB) clashed with an equal number of police officers. The confrontation took place outside of the Ventersdorp town hall, where South Africa’s last white president, F.W. de Klerk, was scheduled to speak. A year earlier, de Klerk had unbanned all communist organizations and their leaders and was preparing the country for the Marxist takeover in which he treasonously played a decisive role. Three months prior to this battle, Eugene Terre’Blanche and other armed AWB members also clashed with police on the farm Goedgevonden near Ventersdorp, where the AWB was attempting to drive black squatters off private property.
On the evening of August 9, 1991, Terre’Blanche announced to the crowd gathered outside of the Ventersdorp town hall that he was going to attempt to enter the meeting in the town hall and present a petition to de Klerk. However, the AWB forces were met by the contingent of policemen, deployed to prevent the crowd from accessing the hall. The policemen sprayed teargas into the face of one of the AWB members, and violence erupted.1 As soon as the AWB opened fire, the police were ordered to shoot to kill and three AWB members – A.F. Badenhorst, G.J. Koen and J.D. Conradie – were killed during the battle.2 Despite the tragic loss of these three lives, the Battle of Ventersdorp did contribute to the pressure on de Klerk to call out a referendum on whether the country should be handed over to the ANC, which he did the following year. White voters in South Africa had the opportunity to vote on whether the president should continue the negotiations with black Marxist groups aimed at the formation of a new constitution. Unfortunately, 69% of voters supported continued negotiations,3 and South Africa has since declined into a majority-black socialist hellhole.
Today, though far from its heyday, the AWB is still active in mobilizing and training Boers around the country to help them defend their families and property in a country where we face genocide. In addition, the AWB is also committed to working towards the establishment of an independent Christian Boer Republic.
May the Afrikaner-Boer people, today heavily paralyzed, regain the fighting spirit of the men who fought (and died) for freedom at Ventersdorp.
Extracts from the AWB creed:
I am a Boer. I honor the legacy of my ancestors, for it is their sacrifice, insight and fight that delivered this country to me in an honest fashion. There is nothing in my nation’s history for which I have to feel guilty or ashamed.…
I grant every nation its own country, where it can stand under its own government and can shamelessly live out its nationhood according to its own traditions and customs. Simultaneously I claim this right for my own people and progeny and I am not willing to concede the least of my cultural identity for the sake of pleasing aliens.…
The assets of my people were bought at a price and I will share this with no one outside of my people. My ancestors did not fight, suffer and die so that my country can be a welfare state for alien savages or a scooping place for greedy internationalists.…
In my own country my own people’s interests come first. I am a free man in my own free country and I bow the knee to God alone.