AfriForum is a
White Nationalist organization in South Africa
that forms part of the Solidarity Movement. It was established in
2006 with the objective of encouraging the participation of Afrikaners
and other minority groups in public debate and "civil actions". It
particularly promotes the protection of Afrikaner culture, and has
opposed renaming streets and affirmative action, which it considers a
form of discrimination.
AfriForum CEO, Kallie Kriel,
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
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.”
The movement's youth wing is known as
2 Campaigns and policies
Crime and corruption
2.2 Education, language and culture
3 Community affairs
3.1 Local government
3.2 Community safety
3.3 Environmental affairs
4 Shoot the Boer case and hate speech
8 External links
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.
Campaigns and policies
AfriForum protest outside the
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 at the
inauguration of Jacob Zuma's presidency. It was also involved in a
bid to prevent the delivery of
Alouette III Air Force helicopters to
the Zimbabwean army.
AfriForum has joined the Treasure
Karoo Action Group to stop the
issuing of shale gas exploration licences in the Karoo. AfriForum
has been a small supporter of anti-poaching efforts, and raises
awareness surrounding rhino poaching in South Africa.
The group has been involved in a free speech case involving the
ANC Youth leader
Julius Malema and the singing of "Shoot the
boer" song, which according to them made many
Afrikaners feel degraded
and believed it to "incite harm against" whites. The song was
later banned as hate speech by South Africa's high court.
AfriForum adopted a similar stance towards the word Kaffir, arguing
that it should not be used at all.
AfriForum has also campaigned against e-tolling, urging motorists not
to register for the system.
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, and lodging a complaint
South African Human Rights Commission against the Police
Minister for failing to do enough to protect farmers. However,
Afriforum does not ascribe a racial motivation for these attacks,
believing that they are part of the larger crime problem in South
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
University of Pretoria
University of Pretoria because of racial quotas.
Crime and corruption
The organisation has often criticised the South African government for
its lack of willingness to address the problem of farm murders.
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.
Education, language and culture
Two of the core objectives of
AfriForum Youth have been the promotion
of multilingualism and mother tongue education in South Africa,
and for youth in the country to be exempted from affirmative
The capital city of
South Africa has been subjected to name change
controversies during the past few years, from
Pretoria to Tshwane. The
South African government has indicated that the changing of
geographical names must be refocused. The
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". These include areas in South Africa
that have a significant Afrikaner heritage. In 2011
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.
The Tshwane Metro Council has launched renewed efforts in October 2013
to change the capital’s name.
AfriForum mobilised the support of 160
000 residents of
Pretoria within a few days with an electronic and
text message campaign. The process is still pending.
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
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
As of March 2011, 31 million hectares or 25% of the 122 million
hectares surface area of
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.
Former South African President,
Jacob Zuma has called for a review of
the land policy, echoing the contents of the Green Paper on Land
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.
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.
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.
White minority rights
AfriForum regularly seeks international platforms to speak to the
international community regarding the white minority rights situation
in South Africa.
AfriForum has on several occasions attended the
United Nations' Human Rights Council's Forum on Minority Issues in
Switzerland regarding minority rights in South Africa.
AfriForum has also been a delegate to a conference of the United
Human Rights Council
Human Rights Council regarding the prevention of the
incitement of hatred on the grounds of nationality, race or religion.
AfriForum has on numerous occasions criticised the ruling
the denial of white minority rights in the country. However, City
Press journalist Adriaan Basson (now editor of the
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 CEO, Kallie Kriel, that the
premise of AfriForum’s campaigns is one of victimhood.
This department addresses municipal service delivery problems in over
125 towns and cities across South Africa.
In order to achieve this goal,
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 says if municipalities do
not cooperate in improving service delivery to residents, the
organisation approaches courts to order municipalities to enforce
An example of intervention by
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. In a similar case in 2013,
High Court in
AfriForum an order
stopping the Madibeng Municipality from cutting electricity supply to
In 2010 a legal team for
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.
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
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
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.
AfriForum has been a devoted supporter of anti-poaching efforts, and
raises awareness surrounding rhino poaching in South Africa. In
addition, the organisation is opposed to fracking and the issuing of
shale gas exploration licences in the Karoo.
Shoot the Boer case and hate speech
AfriForum Youth opened a civil case against former
ANC Youth League
President (ANCYL), Julius Malema, in the
Equality Court after his
repeated singing of the words “dubul’ ibhunu”, which translate
as “shoot the boer”, at a number of
ANC Youth League gatherings.
Judge Colin Lamont ruled in the South
High Court that the song
constituted hate speech and undermined the dignity of Afrikaners, and
was discriminatory and harmful. In 2012
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.
AfriForum has also brought charges of hate speech against individuals,
among others Ronald Lamola, the then acting president of the
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 family names) if white South
Africans refused to voluntarily give up their land and mineral
rights. In February 2013
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.
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 class being
transported as class group falsely as racial segregation, is beyond
absurd". An investigation into the matter showed that the class
was racially segregated as the white parents had pressured the school
into doing so
In 2016 eight students affiliated with
AfriForum youth wing were
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
AfriForum supporters protested in
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.
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.  
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 and academics such as University
of Cape Town Professor Pierre de Vos. 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
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
Afrikaans medium schools in a press release.
African National Congress Youth League
African National Congress Youth League has stated that AfriForum
is "the defender of white privilege".
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