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Saturday, December 3, 2016

Apartheid – Britain’s Bastard Child

Apartheid – Britain’s Bastard Child

A case study about Afrikaners, how the humiliation and atrocities of the wars impacted their collective psyche.

Abstracts from the ‘Introduction’ of the book:

“Afrikaners, my people, have long been accused of being the originators and engineers of apartheid, one of the most disreputable institutions in modern history. Yet the accusers have, on the whole, not taken the trouble to understand the historical genesis of apartheid. That is the purpose of this book.

My aim is not to justify apartheid, but to shed light on the historical events and psychological factors which informed its origination. It is not a history, but rather a case study steeped in history.”


“What compelled the Afrikaners, a people traumatised by British barbarism, to inflict the legalised racism of apartheid on their black countrymen? In other words, what does trauma do to a people?

This question constantly ringing in my head would eventually lead me on the most unexpected of paths, and keep me busy for nearly 15 years, something I couldn’t foresee even in my wildest dreams. It led me to the discovery of the abusive relationship between Englishman and Afrikaner, one of unrelenting humiliation of the Afrikaner by the English, since the British arrival in Southern Africa in 1795, and the tragic consequences this relationship had for South Africa, including, inter alia apartheid.”


“Fifteen years of research for this book has yielded evidence of at least 200 years of prejudice against Afrikaners. My psychotherapy practice in Cape Town and Swellendam continues to uncover many stories of humiliation. It is important that Afrikaners understand their own history. Otherwise how do you live with the guilt? How do you explain the past to your children – without creating new ghosts and falsehoods? How do you mourn and heal without knowing about the past which has shaped who you are today?

Although this analysis focuses on one group, the Afrikaners, the fact is that trans-generational re-enactment of trauma and humiliation is a universal theme, playing itself out all over the world. A lack of understanding of trans-generational trauma and the impact of humiliation on nations is one reason why ‘people never learn from history’. This book is an attempt to learn from ours.”

About the author:

Hélène Opperman Lewis, MSc (Psych) is a licensed Counselling Psychologist in private practice in Cape Town and Swellendam. In 2001 she enrolled for a doctorate at the University of Port Elizabeth, South Africa. The intended thesis was titled: ‘The Development of a Social Conscience amongst Afrikaners’.

While doing research into Kohlberg and Gilligan’s theories of moral reasoning, she discovered the field of psycho-history. She connected with the Psychohistory Association in New York and Lloyd DeMause invited her to attend the annual IPA convention in 2001. She then completed a course in psychogenics.

By now she had come to realise there was much more to moral reasoning than engaging in a narrow theoretical spat with the subject; a decision was taken to abandon her formal studies and rather research the 300-year history of the Afrikaners within a psychohistorical framework. Only this, she felt, would enlighten her initial question of ‘social conscience’. And so indeed it has. Encouraged by Psycho-analyst/Clinical Psychologist and Psychohistorian Dr David Lotto, the decision to write a book followed. The urgency to share with fellow South Africans that, which is truly relevant, became paramount: the disastrous historical consequences of humiliation and loss followed by trans-generational trauma, and how it played out in South Africa’s history.

This research took 15 years to complete. This book Apartheid – Britain’s Bastard Child completes this journey.

In 2001 Hélène wrote an article, ‘Racism as projection: how early childhood can help it take root’ published in the Rhodes Journalism Review. She presented a piece on the Anglo-Boer War as well as the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa (TRC), at the annual IPA convention in 2002 in New York. She is also a member of the International Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies (Human DHS). In April 2013 she convened the annual DHS conference in Stellenbosch. In June 2015 she presented a paper on Humiliation & Trauma at the DHS convention in Rwanda.

May this book reveal and heal.

The book is available in print from Amazon.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

'Tainted Heroes' - ordinary people trying to survive another day

Tainted Heroes
Johannesburg, 03 December 2015 - The trailer of the controversial documentary 'Tainted Heroes' has been released. The movie details the ANC's rise to power in 1994, and the preceding violence that gripped South Africa during the Soweto uprising in 1976. Video: eNCA

The trailer for 'Tainted Heroes' was released on Monday -- a documentary which has received support from lobby group, Afriforum.

It deals with the ANC's rise to power in 1994, and the violence which gripped South Africa during the Soweto uprising.

Several high profile figures attended the release of the story of some 20-thousand people who were killed during the armed struggle, as well as the events that led the ANC to power.

The story is told from the perspective of several political parties, such as Azapo and Inkatha - now known as the IFP - as well as the Black Consciousness Movement.

It details the violence between these parties and the ANC in the run up to liberation.

"The profound difference between Inkatha an the ANC was our strategy," said IFP Leader, Mangosuthu Buthelezi.

"They had highly trained operatives with sophisticated weapons and international funding. We had ordinary people trying to survive another day."

"Inkatha never had a military wing, for we never abandoned the principle of non-violence."

The documentary stems mainly from the book, People's War, written by Anthea Jeffery of the Institute for Race Relations.

It will premier early in 2016.

- eNCA

Tainted Heroes (official trailer)

Wednesday, December 2, 2015


Freedom - Unity - Justice

To the Minister of Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa:

  1. From 1899-1902, the Boers defended their hard-won freedom and fatherland against British imperialism in the Second War of Independence (Tweede Vryheidsoorlog). Your attempt at “renaming” this war to the “South African War”, and the Vrouemonument to the “SA War Museum”, has reference.
  2. A true name indicates true identity, true descent, true facts and true history. These concepts are problematic for criminals; whether they steal money, commit fraud, commit forgery, kidnapping, hijackings - or rob someone else’s country. Therefor, criminals seek to disguise their actions with false identities; they “rewrite” or “rediscover” the “facts”; and dish out false new names.
  3. However, a million lies do not create a single truth. You can be “officially” renamed Smith or Sithole a hundred times, but your true name will stay Mthethwa for ever.
  4. The Vrouemonument does not belong to you or the ANC or your government – it belongs to the volk whose ancestors built that monument with the few shillings and pennies they could spare, after returning to the wasteland and the family-graves which the British had left them. You can “officially rename” that monument a hundred times – it will never change the real name and the real ownership thereof.
  5. Absurd as your “renaming” of the Second War of Independence might be, we Boers could almost feel flattered by the pathetic insecurity instilled upon you by a small, downtrodden people: After your party’s “liberation struggle” failed (in spite of massive assistance from the whole world for many decades) the ANC/SACP/Cosatu still needed De Klerk’s stab in our backs; enabling you to trample upon our independence and our right to govern ourselves, to steal our public enterprises, to steal our economic- and job opportunities, to steal our state pension funds – the list goes on and on. And yet you deem that not enough to break us: You even launch an attempt to steal our history.
  6. You can “rename” our Second War for Independence (Tweede Vryheidsoorlog) a hundred times, but the name and the true facts of that war will remain unchanged for ever. And whatever you choose to call that war, be assured that you have no reason for concern regarding the “forgotten” role of Blacks in that war. We will never forget the role they played.
  7. We will never forget the logistic assistance rendered to the Boer forces by some Black people. Those Black hands of friendship – and many others during our bitter struggle for freedom and survival on this subcontinent – will never be forgotten; and they will form the historical basis for new alliances between ourselves and non-White people of this subcontinent who, like us, reject the current borders of this country and who have enough pride in- and concern for their cultural identity to refuse the disappearance thereof in the present mixed-up mess called “South Africa”.
  8. But we will also not forget that hundreds of thousands of other Blacks abused our moment of distress during the Tweede Vryheidsoorlog – a war which we did not declare against you Blacks. We will not forget that more armed Blacks fought against us in that war, than the total number of our own burghers in the field. We will not forget the atrocities committed right at the start of that war by the Kgatla against our women and children in the Marico-district; the same Kgatla who were earlier decimated and driven off by Mzilikaze; and reinstated on their land by Mzilikaze’s victor, Andries Hendrik Potgieter. We will never forget that Blacks in British service joined in the rapes of our women and daughters. We will never forget that our commando’s were hunted by the Pedi’s in north-eastern Transvaal and by other tribes elsewhere, to such extent that huge parts of our Republics became inaccessible to our burghers. We will never forget the cold-blooded murder of Holkrans. These despicable deeds were not committed by people who “suffered for their country and their freedom”. (It never could have been, already since Blacks were not even combatants “officially”). They were nothing more than acts of murder and savagery; and we will never forget them – whatever you and your White stooges might call our War for Independence.
  9. The pinnacle of perverseness is to attempt your falsifications under the pretence of “reconciliation”.
  10. Rest assured that your “reconciliation” with White stooges by means of attempted falsification will not gain you anything whatsoever among the Bittereinders who are left. In fact, it is strengthening our fortitude. Thank you for that.
Paul Kruger
Chairman: VVK.

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