Leader of Black First Land First (BLF) Andile Mngxitama has expressed disappointment about EFF’s relationship with the “racist enclave” of Orania.
The expelled former EFF MP questioned how it could be that the EFF could refuse to even listen to President Jacob Zuma in parliament but then “take notes” from the president of the Orania Movement, Carel Boshoff IV.
“I mean, what must we say when the people who wouldn’t allow Zuma to speak in parliament are taking notes diligently and peacefully from a self-declared racist from Orania who stole our land? Shall someone explain the meaning of this? Hate Zuma and Guptas but love Orania,” Mngxitama said on Facebook.
“Someone explain how is it fighting for land when you go to Orania (the mecca of white supremacist symbolic order). You peaceful take notes [sic] when the racist speaks and after agree to defend the right of the racist enclave to exist. Orania is built on stolen land and like the entire South Africa has no right to exist.”
In 2014, EFF leader Julius Malema visited the Afrikaner stronghold, and was reportedly received with open arms. The EFF garnered four national votes in Orania in 2014, a community the Freedom Front Plus (FF+) has been leading in terms of votes for some time. There were reports that Orania could find itself controlled municipally by the EFF after elections on August 3 if residents abstain from voting. The FF+ have been encouraging the Afrikaans residents to ensure this does not happen.
In 2009 when Malema was still leader of the ANC Youth League (ANCYL), he first visited Orania to meet with Boshoff. Although no meaningful agreements were reached, Malema thanked the Orania community for being willing to talk with him.
In 1995, then president Nelson Mandela famously visited Orania to drink tea with late apartheid leader HF Verwoerd’s widow Betsie as a gesture of reconciliation.
Orania is an “Afrikaner-only” South African town located along the Orange River in the Northern Cape province. The community is split geographically into two halves, and is situated halfway between Cape Town and Pretoria. It even partly uses its own currency and is largely self-sufficient.
The town is said to be aimed at creating a stronghold for Afrikaans and the “Afrikaner identity” by keeping Afrikaner language and culture alive.