A RIGHT-WING paramilitary group has warned it is only a matter of time before “disillusioned” young whites in the Eastern Cape join the organisation which has become synonymous with intense “special tactics” boot camps.
With Kommandokorps branches already established in Pretoria, Klerksdorp and the Western Cape, the Gauteng-based group claims it is signing up new recruits every day as an increasing number of whites – mainly Afrikaners – are being “forced” to learn military-style survival techniques to prepare for the “anarchy” to come.
Kommandokorps says the camps are designed to prepare whites for the “violence that occurs in a dysfunctional state like South Africa, which is going the same way as the rest of Africa”.
DA MPL Bobby Stevenson said: “During the apartheid era hundreds of thousands of young South Africans were brought up on a diet of total onslaught which gave distorted views of the future.
“We cannot perpetuate the same tactics where the young people are given a message of fear. The richness of the country’s diversity is critical to a future that all South Africans dream about.”
Now it has gained international notoriety after an exposé by the Mail Guardian newspaper into alleged harsh treatment of young boys at the camps.
In addition, the World Press Photo 2012 Multimedia Competition awarded first prize to Elles van Gelder and Ilvy Njiokiktjien from The Netherlands for their Afrikaner Blood production on the camps. Despite the criticism, the organisation insists everything it does is “perfectly legal”, although they make no bones about believing the establishment of a white homeland is going to be the “final solution” in South Africa.
“We have even consulted the police on giving firearm training and they gave their permission. Many parents are encouraging their children to join us because we teach them the discipline they will need to protect themselves in the future.”
Weekend Post reported last month that a number of Eastern Cape farmers had prepared their own rural security plans to replace the commando system, disbanded about 10 years ago. These security plans had been submitted to parliament.
One of the group’s trainers, 29-year-old Gerhard Groenewald who has risen through the ranks since his first camp in 2009, said the recruits were made to work “extremely” hard and adhere to a strict military regimen.
“We train people how to prepare for terrorist attacks, self-defence techniques and how to protect your family. There is a lot of military drilling to instill discipline because only organised units will be able to protect their loved ones. We believe prevention is better than cure and that is why we are mobilising,” Groenewald said.
“The main thing is how to identify who your enemy is and how you can prevent them hurting you. Statistics show that, since 1994, 30 000 white people have been murdered in this country. This shows that the ANC government has turned its back on white people, so we know who the enemy is.”
Groenewald said 60% of recruits were sent to the camps by their parents to learn “about Afrikaner history and how they must realise their skin is their uniform. They should protect that at all times.”
This is a shortened version of an article that first appeared in the print edition of Weekend Post on Saturday April 7, 2012.
Article source: http://theweekendpost.com/2012/04/12/right-wing-in-defence-plan/