Afrikaners Need “Psychological Homeland”: Zuma
South African President Jacob Zuma says “Afrikaners” should be able to find their own “psychological homeland,” but not a seperate geographical area they can call their own.
In his first interview with the Afrikans newspaper Beeld since becoming South African President, Zuma said that he has a deep understanding for the need of some Afrikaners for a home of their own, a place where they are safe and have the freedom and confidence to live and express the things that are important to them.
“For example: I work in Cape Town and in Pretoria, but then I want to go to Nkandla (in rural KwaZulu-Natal). That’s where I belong. I feel at home when I’m there,” Zuma said. “I can do the indlamu (a traditional dance for men), I can speak isiZulu.”
“This is what some Afrikaners need on a psychological level: an Nkandla.”
Zuma added that this does not mean that they can have their seperate geographical homeland, such as the original Boer republics, or current Orania project.
Ignoring the historical fact that that the Transvaal and Orange Free State were once Boer nations, Zuma said that Afrikaners are spread across the country and therefore do not have a “physical Nkandla” like other ethnic groups that are concentrated in different regions.
“You can’t create an Orania, you must be part of South Africa and share in what we all share,” Zuma said.
Touching on the sometimes-heated “Boer-vs-Afrikaner” debate that rages in some circles within the White-Afrikaner-Boer community in South Africa, Zuma said that he has met “many different Afrikaners” but not “the Afrikaner (representing the whole group).”
Zuma spoke at length about the Afrikaners’ unique history and how this distinguishes them from other whites in the country.
“Some people are upset when I say this, but it’s a fact: they are the only white group who can lay claim to the fact that they also fought for their freedom, against the Brits… they died in concentration camps.
“They made a contribution to the development of South Africa and helped make it what it is today. They are an important group.
“They are the kind of group that doesn’t carry two passports, only one.”