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AfriForum
AfriForum
is a White Nationalist
White Nationalist
organization in South Africa[3][4] that forms part of the Solidarity Movement.[5] It was established in 2006 with the objective of encouraging the participation of Afrikaners and other minority groups in public debate and "civil actions".[6] It particularly promotes the protection of Afrikaner culture,[7] and has opposed renaming streets and affirmative action, which it considers a form of discrimination.[8] According to AfriForum
AfriForum
CEO, Kallie Kriel, AfriForum
AfriForum
is a civil rights initiative to mobilise civil society and specifically white minority communities, in order to take part in democratic debate. Kriel further stated that AfriForum
AfriForum
would like to achieve balance in South Africa. “True democracy needs alternative voices in order to succeed. While we aren’t a political party, we give alternative ideas and suggestions, where applicable, to the government stance.”[9] The movement's youth wing is known as AfriForum
AfriForum
Youth.[10]

Contents

1 History 2 Campaigns and policies

2.1 Crime
Crime
and corruption 2.2 Education, language and culture 2.3 Land

3 Community affairs

3.1 Local government 3.2 Community safety 3.3 Environmental affairs

4 Shoot the Boer case and hate speech 5 Controversies 6 Criticism 7 References 8 External links

History[edit] AfriForum
AfriForum
was founded in 2006. The organisation's roots can be traced back to the social role that Solidarity has played in the South African political landscape. AfriForum's Civil Rights Charter was officially adopted by the organization on 7 September 2006 during a discussion forum held in Pretoria.[11] Campaigns and policies[edit]

AfriForum
AfriForum
protest outside the Pretoria
Pretoria
High Court

The organisation's principal focus is inter alia on the following areas: civil, safety and security, community affairs, local government, environmental affairs, education as well as preserving the one language, culture and some heritage in South Africa, as they have adopted a pick-and-choose stance on most issues.[clarification needed] In 2009, the group contested the presence of Robert Mugabe
Robert Mugabe
at the inauguration of Jacob Zuma's presidency.[12] It was also involved in a bid to prevent the delivery of Alouette III
Alouette III
Air Force helicopters to the Zimbabwean army.[13] AfriForum
AfriForum
has joined the Treasure Karoo
Karoo
Action Group to stop the issuing of shale gas exploration licences in the Karoo.[14] AfriForum has been a small supporter of anti-poaching efforts, and raises awareness surrounding rhino poaching in South Africa.[15] The group has been involved in a free speech case involving the then- ANC
ANC
Youth leader Julius Malema
Julius Malema
and the singing of "Shoot the boer" song, which according to them made many Afrikaners
Afrikaners
feel degraded and believed it to "incite harm against" whites.[16] The song was later banned as hate speech by South Africa's high court.[17] AfriForum
AfriForum
adopted a similar stance towards the word Kaffir, arguing that it should not be used at all.[18] AfriForum
AfriForum
has also campaigned against e-tolling, urging motorists not to register for the system.[19] AfriForum
AfriForum
has been a vocal critic of the ANC's response to the farm attack cases, claiming that the party bears a responsibility for "remain[ing] silent" about the violence,[20] and lodging a complaint to the South African Human Rights Commission against the Police Minister for failing to do enough to protect farmers.[21] However, Afriforum does not ascribe a racial motivation for these attacks, believing that they are part of the larger crime problem in South Africa.[22] A campaign against racial quotas in higher education saw AfriForum Youth members paint themselves in blackface to protest the alleged discrimination against 30 learners who were allegedly denied admission to the University of Pretoria
University of Pretoria
because of racial quotas.[23] Crime
Crime
and corruption[edit] The organisation has often criticised the South African government for its lack of willingness to address the problem of farm murders. AfriForum
AfriForum
is of the opinion that farm murders should be declared a priority crime, and has raised widespread local awareness and increasing international awareness of the problem by means of several campaigns, including the ‘Stop the Murders’ campaign.[24] Education, language and culture[edit] Two of the core objectives of AfriForum
AfriForum
Youth have been the promotion of multilingualism[25] and mother tongue education in South Africa, and for youth in the country to be exempted from affirmative action.[26] The capital city of South Africa
South Africa
has been subjected to name change controversies during the past few years, from Pretoria
Pretoria
to Tshwane. The South African government has indicated that the changing of geographical names must be refocused. The ANC
ANC
MEC for Gauteng, Lebogang Maile, stated that “the issue of naming and renaming was long overdue and needs to be fast-tracked as part of Nation Building and Social Transformation".[27] These include areas in South Africa that have a significant Afrikaner heritage.[28] In 2011 AfriForum
AfriForum
held talks with the Executive Mayor of the Tshwane Metropolitan Council, together with several political parties to find a win-win solution to the issue regarding street name changes.[29] The Tshwane Metro Council has launched renewed efforts in October 2013 to change the capital’s name. AfriForum
AfriForum
mobilised the support of 160 000 residents of Pretoria
Pretoria
within a few days with an electronic and text message campaign. The process is still pending.[30] Land[edit] The South African Institute of Race Relations
South African Institute of Race Relations
(SAIRR) stated that land is a contentious issue in South Africa, and that the ruling ANC
ANC
party is blaming whites for still owning 80% of the total land surface. The Government’s own land-ownership documentation shows that by the start of 2011 only roughly 24% of all land was in the hands of Government. As of March 2011, 31 million hectares or 25% of the 122 million hectares surface area of South Africa
South Africa
were in the hands of the State. The remaining 91 million hectares or 75% of the surface area was privately owned. Their numbers are dwindling rapidly. There are only an estimated 30 000 to 40 000 of these farmers left, down from 60 000 fifteen years ago.[31] Former South African President, Jacob Zuma
Jacob Zuma
has called for a review of the land policy, echoing the contents of the Green Paper on Land Reform, but AfriForum
AfriForum
claims that the president’s statement regarding the review of willing buyer, willing seller principle as stated in Section 25 of the South African Constitution, as a means to speed up the land restitution process was misplaced.[32] AfriForum
AfriForum
has in the past joined the South African Progressive Civic Organisation (Sapco), a Khoisan community, in a protest over the land rights of the indigenous group, with both minority groups feeling they have no representation in the current government.[33] During 2012, AfriForum's legal team represented the owners of land in the community of Wallmansthal, North of Pretoria, in the North Gauteng High Court to take back their land from illegal occupiers. The court ruled in favour of AfriForum. Thousands of illegal black families who occupied as a result of being deprived of the land in Apartheid thus technically “illegal” the land between December 2011 and February 2012, were removed from the land.[34] White minority rights AfriForum
AfriForum
regularly seeks international platforms to speak to the international community regarding the white minority rights situation in South Africa. AfriForum
AfriForum
has on several occasions attended the United Nations' Human Rights Council's Forum on Minority Issues in Geneva, Switzerland
Switzerland
regarding minority rights in South Africa. AfriForum
AfriForum
has also been a delegate to a conference of the United Nations’ (UN) Human Rights Council
Human Rights Council
regarding the prevention of the incitement of hatred on the grounds of nationality, race or religion. AfriForum
AfriForum
has on numerous occasions criticised the ruling ANC
ANC
about the denial of white minority rights in the country.[35] However, City Press journalist Adriaan Basson (now editor of the Afrikaans
Afrikaans
daily newspaper, Beeld) has accused the organisation of overreacting to the situation regarding minority rights in South Africa. Basson has mentioned in an open letter to AfriForum
AfriForum
CEO, Kallie Kriel, that the premise of AfriForum’s campaigns is one of victimhood.[36] Community affairs[edit] Local government[edit] This department addresses municipal service delivery problems in over 125 towns and cities across South Africa. In order to achieve this goal, AfriForum
AfriForum
attempts to establish partnerships with municipalities. The organisation allegedly submits wish lists to municipalities, and municipalities convert it into action plans to address issues. AfriForum
AfriForum
says if municipalities do not cooperate in improving service delivery to residents, the organisation approaches courts to order municipalities to enforce service delivery.[37] An example of intervention by AfriForum
AfriForum
in this regard, was the urgent order awarded to the organisation against the Vhembe District Municipality by the High Court in Pretoria, forcing the municipality to supply water to Makhado residents.[38] In a similar case in 2013, the North Gauteng
Gauteng
High Court in Pretoria
Pretoria
granted AfriForum
AfriForum
an order stopping the Madibeng Municipality from cutting electricity supply to Hartbeespoort. In 2010 a legal team for AfriForum
AfriForum
representing farmers in Zimbabwe won a court bid to sue Zimbabwe's government over its “cruel” and “vengeful” expropriation of South African-owned farms. In 2008 the regional court SADC tribunal ruled that Zimbabwe's land reform was illegal and racist, and that those who had suffered discrimination by having their farms expropriated had the right to compensation.[39] Community safety[edit] AfriForum’s Community Safety Department participates in endeavours which promote the safety of citizens within communities. A large emphasis is placed on assisting communities and neighbourhoods to establish safety structures. Some of these structures include neighbourhood watches, farm watches, radio networks and community forums.[40] In 2011 AfriForum
AfriForum
commissioned Professor Rudolph Zinn of UNISA to conduct research into successful community safety structures in South Africa. The research has led to the compilation of a community safety handbook that has been implemented in all AfriForum
AfriForum
branches countrywide. The department also focuses on the role of government and in particular that of law enforcement agencies, and acts as a pressure group so that citizens get the best safety and security possible.[41] Environmental affairs[edit] AfriForum
AfriForum
has been a devoted supporter of anti-poaching efforts, and raises awareness surrounding rhino poaching in South Africa.[15] In addition, the organisation is opposed to fracking and the issuing of shale gas exploration licences in the Karoo.[42] Shoot the Boer case and hate speech[edit] AfriForum
AfriForum
Youth opened a civil case against former ANC
ANC
Youth League President (ANCYL), Julius Malema, in the Equality Court
Equality Court
after his repeated singing of the words “dubul’ ibhunu”, which translate as “shoot the boer”, at a number of ANC
ANC
Youth League gatherings. Judge Colin Lamont ruled in the South Gauteng
Gauteng
High Court that the song constituted hate speech and undermined the dignity of Afrikaners, and was discriminatory and harmful.[43] In 2012 AfriForum
AfriForum
and the ANC reached a settlement before the appeal case was due to be argued in the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) in Bloemfontein.[44] AfriForum
AfriForum
has also brought charges of hate speech against individuals, among others Ronald Lamola, the then acting president of the ANC
ANC
Youth League following a complaint regarding Lamola's remarks that the ANCYL could no longer guarantee the safety of the Van der Merwes and Van Tonders (traditional white Afrikaans
Afrikaans
family names) if white South Africans refused to voluntarily give up their land and mineral rights.[45] In February 2013 AfriForum
AfriForum
Youth brought a complaint of hate speech against Jason Mfusi, the leader of SASCO (The South African Students Congress) of the North-West University for his remark: "My grandfather says 'n goeie boer is 'n dooie boer", translated as “My grandfather says a good farmer is a dead farmer” which he posted on the social network, Facebook. The youth organisation reached an agreement with the SASCO leader by means of a mediation process, as requested by the Human Rights Commission (HRC) of the University. In terms of the agreement, Mfusi had to issue a written apology to the farming community.[46] Controversies[edit] In 2015 AfriForum
AfriForum
asserted that allegations of racism against Curro Foundation School are themselves racist. In a statement by the organisation's chair it was said "To portray an Afrikaans
Afrikaans
class being transported as class group falsely as racial segregation, is beyond absurd".[47] An investigation into the matter showed that the class was racially segregated as the white parents had pressured the school into doing so[48] In 2016 eight students affiliated with AfriForum
AfriForum
youth wing were suspended from Stellenbosch University
Stellenbosch University
Student Representative Council (SRC) elections after allegation of irregularities in their campaign. Posters that they produced and hanged around the campus were removed after they were deemed controversial and harmful to other students.[49] In 2016 AfriForum
AfriForum
supporters protested in Pretoria
Pretoria
together with the political party Freedom Front Plus's members because Steve Hofmeyr's scheduled event at Café Dudok, a restaurant in the Netherlands, was cancelled when the organisers were alerted of his alleged white supremacy by a left-wing group in Netherlands.[50] It has been claimed that protests in opposition to white farm murders have turned racist, with protesters singing “Die Stem” alone without the rest of the anthem. In this context it makes reference to the Apartheid anthem and raised the old Apartheid flag. These actions have been defended by some as part of their culture. [51] [51] Criticism[edit] The organisation has been criticized, most notably by the ruling ANC as well as by media outlets such as City Press, including the paper’s editor Ferial Haffajee[52] and academics such as University of Cape Town Professor Pierre de Vos.[53] Survivalist groups such as the Kommandokorps have also criticised the organisation, alleging that the group is too moderate in their approach to problems facing South Africa.[54] A Chapter 9 institution, the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities, launched an attack on AfriForum's campaign for the protection of Afrikaans
Afrikaans
medium schools in a press release.[55] The African National Congress Youth League
African National Congress Youth League
has stated that AfriForum is "the defender of white privilege".[56] References[edit]

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AfriForum
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ANC
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ANC
Julius Malema's Shoot the Boer ruled 'hate speech'". BBC News. Retrieved 14 January 2014.  ^ " AfriForum
AfriForum
reaffirm stance on use of K-word amid racist saga". SABC News. Retrieved 14 January 2014.  ^ "E-toll notification unlawful: AfriForum". The New Age Online. Archived from the original on 16 January 2014. Retrieved 14 January 2014.  ^ " AfriForum
AfriForum
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ANC
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AfriForum
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AfriForum
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Afrikaans
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AfriForum
intends boycott action against “Tshwane Show”, 20 November 2009,. ^ SABC News, AfriForum
AfriForum
takes Pretoria
Pretoria
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Pretoria
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AfriForum
slams Zuma land comments". Times LIVE.  ^ " AfriForum
AfriForum
joins Khoisan in land rights fight". dailymaverick.co.za.  ^ "Eviction order for land invaders given go-ahead". thenewage.co.za. Archived from the original on 2014-08-21.  ^ http://cnn-news.info/2012-11-27-anc-criticised-about-the-denial-of-minority-rights-at-un-conference/[permanent dead link] ^ "White first. African second". News24.  ^ "AfriForum: Statement by AfriForum, minority civil organisation, brings application to retain electricity supply to Klerksdorp and Jouberton (22/02/2013)". Polity.org.za. Archived from the original on 2010-02-21.  ^ Independent Newspapers Online. "Afriforum wins fights for water". Independent Online.  ^ Independent Newspapers Online. "Afriforum wins first round in Zimbabwe
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AfriForum
students suspended from Stellenbosch SRC elections".  ^ "Hofmeyr defended in Dutch café snub - Daily News".  ^ a b "Balck Monday singing the "stem"".  ^ "Laager mentality is a load of bull". News24. Archived from the original on 2012-11-19.  ^ "How not to engage in a battle of ideas". constitutionallyspeaking.co.za.  ^ "Kommandokorps denies racism". News24.  ^ "Redirecting old link". info.gov.za. [permanent dead link] ^ Independent Newspapers Online. "Afriforum 'defender of white privilege': ANCYL". Independent Online. 

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