Open letter to Nathi Mthethwa regarding "renaming" of history

To the Minister of Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa:


  1. From 1899-1902, the Boers defended their hard-won freedom and fatherland against British imperialism in the Second War of Independence (Tweede Vryheidsoorlog). Your attempt at “renaming” this war to the “South African War”, and the Vrouemonument to the “SA War Museum”, has reference.
  2. A true name indicates true identity, true descent, true facts and true history. These concepts are problematic for criminals; whether they steal money, commit fraud, commit forgery, kidnapping, hijackings – or rob someone else’s country. Therefor, criminals seek to disguise their actions with false identities; they “rewrite” or “rediscover” the “facts”; and dish out false new names.
  3. However, a million lies do not create a single truth. You can be “officially” renamed Smith or Sithole a hundred times, but your true name will stay Mthethwa for ever.
  4. The Vrouemonument does not belong to you or the ANC or your government – it belongs to the volk whose ancestors built that monument with the few shillings and pennies they could spare, after returning to the wasteland and the family-graves which the British had left them. You can “officially rename” that monument a hundred times – it will never change the real name and the real ownership thereof.
  5. Absurd as your “renaming” of the Second War of Independence might be, we Boers could almost feel flattered by the pathetic insecurity instilled upon you by a small, downtrodden people: After your party’s “liberation struggle” failed (in spite of massive assistance from the whole world for many decades) the ANC/SACP/Cosatu still needed De Klerk’s stab in our backs; enabling you to trample upon our independence and our right to govern ourselves, to steal our public enterprises, to steal our economic- and job opportunities, to steal our state pension funds – the list goes on and on. And yet you deem that not enough to break us: You even launch an attempt to steal our history.
  6. You can “rename” our Second War for Independence (Tweede Vryheidsoorlog) a hundred times, but the name and the true facts of that war will remain unchanged for ever. And whatever you choose to call that war, be assured that you have no reason for concern regarding the “forgotten” role of Blacks in that war. We will never forget the role they played.
  7. We will never forget the logistic assistance rendered to the Boer forces by some Black people. Those Black hands of friendship – and many others during our bitter struggle for freedom and survival on this subcontinent – will never be forgotten; and they will form the historical basis for new alliances between ourselves and non-White people of this subcontinent who, like us, reject the current borders of this country and who have enough pride in- and concern for their cultural identity to refuse the disappearance thereof in the present mixed-up mess called “South Africa”.
  8. But we will also not forget that hundreds of thousands of other Blacks abused our moment of distress during the Tweede Vryheidsoorlog – a war which we did not declare against you Blacks. We will not forget that more armed Blacks fought against us in that war, than the total number of our own burghers in the field. We will not forget the atrocities committed right at the start of that war by the Kgatla against our women and children in the Marico-district; the same Kgatla who were earlier decimated and driven off by Mzilikaze; and reinstated on their land by Mzilikaze’s victor, Andries Hendrik Potgieter. We will never forget that Blacks in British service joined in the rapes of our women and daughters. We will never forget that our commando’s were hunted by the Pedi’s in north-eastern Transvaal and by other tribes elsewhere, to such extent that huge parts of our Republics became inaccessible to our burghers. We will never forget the cold-blooded murder of Holkrans. These despicable deeds were not committed by people who “suffered for their country and their freedom”. (It never could have been, already since Blacks were not even combatants “officially”). They were nothing more than acts of murder and savagery; and we will never forget them – whatever you and your White stooges might call our War for Independence.
  9. The pinnacle of perverseness is to attempt your falsifications under the pretence of “reconciliation”.
  10. Rest assured that your “reconciliation” with White stooges by means of attempted falsification will not gain you anything whatsoever among the Bittereinders who are left. In fact, it is strengthening our fortitude. Thank you for that.

Paul Kruger

Chairman: VVK.