Ace prosecutor Gerrie Nel’s new employers style themselves as a civic rights movement. They however resemble a grouping much like the American ‘alt-right’.
AfriForum, the Afrikaner rights organisation that advocate Gerrie Nel has agreed to join, has over the last couple of years quietly been building and nurturing something akin to its own parallel state.
Founded in 2006, the organisation styles itself as a civic rights grouping, whereas in actual fact it could be described as South Africa’s answer to the alt-right movement in the United States: strongly nationalistic, suspicious of government, antagonistic towards liberal or progressive values, opposed to immigration and integration and with a strong focus on ethnic mobilisation.
It is a well-oiled, cash-flush, ideologically coherent and slick political machine, with massive reach and influence in the Afrikaner community.
And Nel’s decision to head up its newly established private prosecuting unit is a major coup for an organisation that has proved to be extremely adept at increasing its support base by exploiting Afrikaner fears about affirmative action, transformation, cultural rights and crime.
It is a well-oiled, cash-flush, ideologically coherent and slick political machine, with massive reach and influence in the Afrikaner community. Solidarity now covers almost every area of Afrikaners’ civic life — from safety and legal affairs, education and training, media and entertainment to culture and welfare. It is a state within a state.
A state within a state
AfriForum— with a membership north of 186 000 — is part of the larger Solidarity Movement, which grew out of the trade union of the same name.
These organisations have in the recent past established, among others, their own university (Akademia, situated in Centurion), built their own technical college (Sol-Tech), reared their own welfare organisation (Helpende Hand, that focuses on white poverty) as well as their own community safety structures.
Solidarity, which is the successor to the erstwhile militant and whites-only Mynwerkersunie (Mineworkers’ Union) and can boast in the region of 214 000 paid-up members, has also established its own media organisation, Maroela Media, which runs one of the largest Afrikaans news sites in the country, www.maroelamedia.co.za.