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The Suidlanders (English: Southlanders) is a South African ethnonationalist (völkisch) racist[1] white Afrikaner survivalist group whose ideology is based on the prophecies of Boer Siener van Rensburg.[2][3] The group believes that a race war or general civil war, sometimes referred to as "Uhuru" or the "Night of the Long Knives,"[4][5][6][7] is coming in South Africa as a result of a white genocide. They anticipate an eventual collapse of infrastructure and advocate and plan for an evacuation of white South Africans from the major cities in the event of a race war.[8][9][10] Their leader is Gustav Müller.[9] The group has claimed significant success in raising global awareness of the perceived threat,[11] following a 2017 tour to the United States by spokesperson Simon Roche,[12] and has also taken credit for an offer by Australian government minister Peter Dutton to preferentially grant refugee visas to white South African farmers.[13]

History and beliefs

The Suidlanders were formed in 2006 by Gustav Zietsmann Müller, who still heads the organization.[14][non-primary source needed] Müller is quoted in a video recording of 28 May 2016 as saying "My actual calling (vocation) is to bring the Boer people back to God" which echoes the purported Christian ethos of the organisation.[citation needed] The ranks of the organization increased after the murder of South African white supremacist Eugène Terre'Blanche, which although it did not trigger massive social unrest or war, did energize far-right organizations and some conservative groups in South Africa.[10]

The Suidlanders claim to be a civil defense organisation under international law dedicated to the white Afrikaner ethnic group.[15][non-primary source needed] The group explicitly distances itself from Neo-Nazi organisations.[13]

The Suidlanders say that they are inspired by the prophecies of Siener van Rensburg, a peasant farmer who served as a spiritual adviser to several Boer military leaders during the Anglo-Boer war, who they believe predicted a massive civil insurrection will lead to a race war in South Africa. [16] In the wake of Nelson Mandela's death, the Suidlanders estimated the "revolution risk" in South Africa as 50 percent, and said it would be a great time to "go on holiday,"[17][18][19] a euphemistic statement about avoiding the prophecied "Uhuru" or "Night of Long Knives," when blacks will kill whites in South Africa.[4][5]

Leadership and management

The Suidlanders is led by an executive council composed of Louis de la Gey, Bertus Schwan, Ben van Rensburg, and Hans van der Poel. In keeping with their strong emphasis on Christianity as the foundation of the organisation's philosophy, the Suidlanders has a dedicated spiritual leader.[citation needed] They have received donations from a variety of far-right and white Nationalists such as the neo-confederate League of the South, Identity Evropa founder Nathan Damigo, and American Vanguard. They also received $40,000 on FreeStartr, the defunct alt-right Patreon alternative.[20]

The Suidlanders conduct training in all aspects of civil defence throughout the year. The training includes from logistics/operations, control of refugees, first aid, firearms training, and communication.[21][22]

White genocide

The Suidlanders took credit for increasing media coverage of a white genocide which it claims is happening in South Africa, also claiming credit for increasing coverage of the issue by figures such as Katie Hopkins, and for an offer by Australian cabinet minister Peter Dutton to resettle white South Africans as refugees. However, the Suidlanders spokesman Simon Roche rejected the idea of mass emigration of Afrikaners from South Africa.[13][23]

Popular Culture

A group of Suidlanders featured in season 1, episode 7 of David Farrier's Dark Tourist.[24]

See also

References

  1. ^ Staff (2018-12-18). "AfD-Politiker in Südafrika: Schießtraining mit Rassisten" [AfD Politician in South Africa: Shooting Practice With Racists]. tagesschau.de (in German). ARD. Retrieved 2019-04-05. Nach Einschätzung von Gareth Newham vom südafrikanischen Institute for Security Studies in Pretoria handelt es sich bei den "Suidlanders" um einen Zusammenschluss von völkischen Rassisten: "Ihre Ideologie ist die Überlegenheit der weißen Rasse", sagte Newham. "Ihr einziger Existenzgrund ist die angebliche Verteidigung gegen die Schwarzen. Man kann sie eindeutig als rassistische völkische Organisation beschreiben. [According to Gareth Newham of the South African Institute for Security Studies in Pretoria, the "Suidlanders" constitute an association of populist Racists: "Their ideology is the survival of the white race," says Newham. "Their singular reason for existing is to supposedly defend against blacks. One can clearly describe them as a racist populist organization"]
  2. ^ WW3: Germans, Boers, Race War, Suidlanders, Simon Roche, Siener Van Rensburg & Adriaan Synman, retrieved 2018-08-24
  3. ^ Weiner, Sophie. "Trump Thrills White Nationalists With Tweet About South African Farms". Splinter. Retrieved 2018-08-24.
  4. ^ a b Serino, Kenichi (2013-12-11). "30 miles and a world away, a more fractured response to Mandela". Al Jazeera America. Retrieved 2019-04-05. Pretorious was expressing a long-held belief among some Afrikaners, particularly a fringe organization known as Suidlanders, of "Uhuru," or "the night of long knives,” when blacks will kill whites in South Africa following the death of Mandela.
  5. ^ a b Myburgh, Johannes (2013-12-25). "Right-Wing South Africans Still Fear 'Racial Apocalypse' After Mandela's Death". Business Insider. Agence France Presse. Retrieved 2019-04-05. In South Africa, right-wing prophesies that Nelson Mandela's death will be followed by a racial apocalypse refuse to be quashed by events. Ever since the mostly peaceful transition to majority rule in 1994, right-wing South Africans have claimed the moment would spell an end to reconciliation and unleash untold bloodshed. So engrained was the idea of a "Night of the Long Knives" that it even seeped into mainstream thinking. Some plotted elaborate evacuation plans, radio programmes discussed whether it was remotely possible and one journalist even visited a town where whites would supposedly gather before fleeing, just in case anyone turned up.
  6. ^ de Wet, Phillip (2012-05-07). "The carefully hidden face of online racism". The M&G Online. Retrieved 2019-04-05.
  7. ^ "They're prepping for a race war. And they see Trump as their 'ray of hope'". www.cnn.com. Retrieved 2019-04-05.
  8. ^ Staff (25 October 2013). "S. Africa evacuation plan: White Afrikaner group fears genocide upon Mandela's death". RT.
  9. ^ a b Schneider, Victoria (7 November 2013). "Is the white-right in South Africa a threat?". Al Jazeera.
  10. ^ a b Gedye, Lloyd. "White genocide: How the big lie spread to the US and beyond". The M&G Online. Retrieved 2018-08-24.
  11. ^ Gedye, Lloyd (2018-05-23). "White genocide: How the big lie spread to the US and beyond". The M&G Online. Retrieved 2019-04-05.
  12. ^ "Far-right activists are teaming up with white supremacists to exploit South African politics". Media Matters for America. 2018-03-06. Retrieved 2019-04-05.
  13. ^ a b c "SA conservative group takes credit for increased 'white genocide' awareness". News24. Retrieved 2018-08-24.
  14. ^ "Gustav Zietsman Müller - Suidlanders". Retrieved 2016-06-23.
  15. ^ Suidlanders (2015). Suidlanders Manual in English. Freely available upon request navrae@suidlanders.co.za: Suidlanders. p. 13.
  16. ^ Haynes, Gavin (May 10, 2018). "The Race War Preppers Behind South Africa's 'White Genocide' Meme". Vice News. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  17. ^ de Wet, Phillip. "Mandela's death - apocalypse any second now, surely". Retrieved 2019-04-05. In the next five months, the Suidlanders said, the risk of large-scale violence, the "revolution risk", is 50/50. This, it said, is a great time to "go on holiday". The euphemism is not a subtle one.
  18. ^ Myburgh, Johannes (2013-12-25). "Right-Wing South Africans Still Fear 'Racial Apocalypse' After Mandela's Death". Business Insider. Agence France Presse. Retrieved 2019-04-05. On [Mandela's] death, the radical organisation the Suidlanders (Southlanders) suggested that members go "on holiday" to safe havens, but stopped short of calling for an evacuation.
  19. ^ Schneider, Victoria (2013-11-07). "Is the white-right in South Africa a threat?". www.aljazeera.com. Retrieved 2019-04-05.
  20. ^ Eyes on the Right (2018-04-22). "Suidlanders Spokesman Simon Roche Has Deep Ties To White Supremacist Groups". Angry White Men. Retrieved 2019-04-05.
  21. ^ "Suidlanders website, article on training". 2016-05-31.
  22. ^ McKenzie, David; Swails, Brent (November 2018). "They're prepping for a race war. And they see Trump as their 'ray of hope'". www.cnn.com. CNN. Retrieved 2019-04-06.
  23. ^ Gedye, Lloyd. "White genocide: How the big lie spread to the US and beyond". The M&G Online. Retrieved 2018-08-24.
  24. ^ Levitt, Jessica. "Netflix show features white Afrikaner group preparing for 'revolution'". Times LIVE. Retrieved 2018-09-13.