The Radical Leftist Apartheid Monsters of South Africa
In my last several articles I have shown that the “Far Right” simply does not exist. There are Sinisterists, who usually called themselves Leftists, but who may call themselves Fascists or Baathists or Nazis, and there are ordinary and decent people.
In my last several articles I have shown that the “Far Right” simply does not exist. There are Sinisterists, who usually called themselves Leftists, but who may call themselves Fascists or Baathists or Nazis, and there are ordinary and decent people. Maria Montessori, a Leftist icon, was a friend of Fascism. Father Coughlin, presumably on the “Far Right,” was actually a radical socialist. Should it come as any surprise that the evil Nationalists of South Africa, the people who created apartheid, were not on the nonexistent “Far Right,” but rather also Leftists, Sinisterists?
The Nationalist Party of South Africa was on the Africaaner’s political vehicle to implement apartheid and other hateful policies. It was openly sympathetic, at different times, with Nazi Germany; it was overtly racist; it ended up presenting itself as a bulwark against Bolshevism, and so on. But, as is invariably true, when we look at the Nationalist Party more closely, something very different appears.
Was it hostile to Bolshevism, which was anti-religious, anti-capitalist and the penultimate movement of the Left? Consider the words of General Hertzog, the leader of the Nationalist Party in a November 1919 address at Pretoria, in which he: “Warmly commended Bolshevism to the public. I say that Bolshevism is the will of the people to be free. Why do people want to oppress and kill Bolshevism? Because national freedom means death to capitalism and imperialism. Do not let us be afraid of Bolshevism. The idea itself is excellent.” His deputy, Dr. Malan, on January 23, 1920 at Vryburg said: “The Bolsheviks stand for freedom, just like the Nationalist Party.”
In 1922, Transvaal Party Chairman Tielman Roos proclaimed: “Workers of the world unite and fight for a White South Africa” and the same year, the Nationalist Party formed a “United Front” with the Communist Party and the Labour Party. At the Nationalist Party Congress in 1923, which confirmed a pact between the Labour Party and the Nationalist Party, Malan again proclaimed the two to be “squarely opposed to capitalistic and monopolistic domination and exploitation of the people” and when as the Nazis were later winning their bloodless diplomatic victories in Europe, a decade later, Hertzog was “bitterly disappointed in the democratic process with it capitalistic foundations,” and even during the Second World War, when South Africa was an important ally of Britain, the Ossewa Brandwag, an arm of the Nationalist Party “declared itself to be anti-capitalist and anti-imperialist and insisted upon the expropriation of mines and other key industries.”
So, this supposedly “Far Right” movement was highly sympathetic to Bolshevism, formed a common front with the two political parties of the Left (Labour and Communist), declared itself repeatedly over decades as hostile to capitalism, and yet it was a party of the “Far Right”? Why? Well, rather late in the game, the Nationalist Party “discovered” that Bolshevism was a threat (it was: Bolsheviks competed for the same supporters as Nationalists) and the Nationalist Party’s racism evolved into anti-Semitism.
This anti-Semitism, however, was also a late bloomer. “During the thirties and forties the Nationalist Party itself was to adopt anti-Semitism as an official plank of its platform, and some of the most prominent Nationalist leaders have not managed to free themselves from anti-Semitism to this day [1964.] It had not always been like that. Jews had belonged to and played a prominent part in the Nationalist Party during the twenties, some of them holding official positions. Nationalist leaders had been cordial in their references to their Jewish fellow-citizens. In 1929 General Hertzog declared: ”In their life in South Africa, these two sections of Africanerdom (the Jewish and the Africaans communities) have always been closely associated.” Dr. Malan in 1930 spoke along much the same lines when he said “I think the peoples of South Africa generally, belonging to both parties and sections, desire to give to the Jewish people in this country full equality in every respect, every opportunity which other sections enjoy, full participation in our national life, and I am glad to say that we are still in that position today in South Africa to appreciate, and appreciate very highly what the Jews have done for South Africa.”
Smuts spoke about “the struggle against the new world tyranny of capitalism” and Hertzog also said “national freedom means death to capitalism.” Those who embraced apartheid were Sinisterists, Leftists who would say or do anything for power. Read more about them in my new book Sinisterism: Secular Religion of the Lie.
Bruce Walker has been a published author in print and in electronic media since 1990. He is a regular contributor to WebCommentary, Conservative Truth, American Daily, Enter Stage Right, Intellectual Conservative, NewsByUs and MenÕs News Daily. His first book, Sinisterism: Secular Religion of the Lie by Outskirts Press was published in January 2006.