26 OCTOBER 2005






In many respects, we can be happy with current developments in South Africa:



At the same time there are a number of developments that we cannot ignore:


The Judiciary

As we have recently witnessed in the Cape, the judiciary is under increasing pressure to transform.  The current squabbles cannot be seen in isolation from the ANC National Executive Committee’s call in January this year for the transformation of the judiciary. Let me remind you of what they said:


“However, we are also confronted by the similarly important challenge to transform the collective mindset of the judiciary to bring it into consonance with the vision and aspirations of the millions who engaged in struggle to liberate our country from white minority domination.  The reality can no longer be avoided that many within our judiciary do not see themselves as being part of these masses, accountable to them, and inspired by their hopes, dreams and value systems. If this persists for too long, it will inevitably result in popular antagonism towards the judiciary and our courts, with serious and negative consequences for our democratic system as a whole.”


The statement has serious implications.  We always thought that the judiciary should be accountable to the constitution and the law – and not to any particular segment of society.


The redistribution of property

It would be unwise to underestimate the ANC’s commitment to some form of redistribution as part of its programme to eliminate the heritage of apartheid and colonialism.

a critical element of the programme for national emancipation should be the elimination of apartheid property relations.”

Among other things, this will require

“the de-racialisation of ownership and control of wealth, including land”.

It will also require

“the elimination of the legacy of apartheid super-exploitation and inequality, and the redistribution of wealth and income to benefit society as a whole, especially the poor”.

The ANC views this as

“a continuing struggle which, as a matter of historical necessity, will loom ever larger as we proceed along the path of fundamental change.  Because property relations are at the core of all social systems, the tensions that decisive application to this objective will generate will require dexterity in tact and firmness in principle.”

“ the assessment of the comrades is that we might not have done enough within this period.”  “…you don’t get the sense that the property clause has allowed for people to enjoy the distribution of the wealth. You still have the same pockets of wealth, where they were in the past.” 

She added that there was a need for the ANC to return to the Strategy and Tactics document (the organisation’s highest policy guideline) that it adopted in 1997, in order to

speed up and accelerate the pace of making sure that we address this very critical issue”.

adopted by us and endorsed in the 1996 national constitution is still relevant now “.



Redistribution of Agricultural Land


Black Economic Empowerment

Afrikaans language and education

There can be no doubt that Afrikaans educational institutions are under great pressure;






  1. Clearly, there is no room for complacency.


At the same time, we must not over-react:


We simply cannot ignore key ANC policy announcements – particularly because they are now beginning to impact significantly on


  1. It does not make any sense for Afrikaans institutions to try to resolve this questions in fragmented discussions with government.


Individual organizations (AB, AHI, ATKV, Agri-South Africa, Solidarity, FWdK Foundation) all feel flattered by the special access that they have to government.  But how much do they actually achieve?  Are they not encountering what the ANC calls ‘dexterity of tact and firmness of principle?  Are they not all dealing with different aspects of transformation?


We will be much more effective if we can present a united front on key transformation questions that affect property, culture, education and racial discrimination.


  1. We need to mobilize preferably around the constitution rather than on an ethnic basis;



  1. We need to create a new organization that will articulate our concerns and present a common front in our interaction with government;





  1. Practical steps


Appoint a steering committee