Four volatile years after Nelson Mandela was freed, South Africans of all races voted in the first democratic general election since their country was created 94 years earlier. There had been much violence in those years and the world watched in lip-smacking anticipation of a flood of blood when the majority black population took revenge for the oppression and brutality of 48 years of apartheid.
It did not happen, to the astonishment of all. Mandela waved a magic wand of peace and reconciliation. Black and white worked together to shape the future, beginning with the writing of a constitution widely regarded as a model of democracy. Blacks took over government, white business thrived, life carried on much as before and the country began its long slide into its present state of decay.
But beneath the placid national surface, concealed by the sweetness and light, powerful forces lay hidden bitterly opposed to the supposedly non-racial though effectively black rule, determined to overthrow it or escape it.
For centuries before the election the Afrikaner people, a tough and capable community born of mainly Dutch but also French and some other racial stock with infusions of Malay, Khoi, Malagasy and even African blood, had been struggling for their total independence as an ethnic group. They wanted their own country, language, religion and custom without the participation of any other people, white, black or brown.
They came close to it with the two large Boer republics in the Orange Free State and the Transvaal until Britain conquered them. They tried again, very hard, in the newly-born South Africa with apartheid.
Statistics defeated them. Black population growth swamped their numbers and their plans. Apartheid was doomed. Most Afrikaners accepted this. They are pragmatic, sensible people with more experience of living with blacks than any other ethnic community on earth.
But some didn’t, and still do not. One or two coup or breakaway moves have been uncovered since 1994, all small and stupid and hopeless. But the motivation is still there, strong, nurtured by powerful people who are not fools.
This e-book, published by Rebel e Publishers, is of a secession attempt soon after the election. It is fiction but it might well have happened. It could still happen. The places are real. The characters are based on real people. The mental attitudes persist. The thirst for an Afrikaner homeland is as strong as ever.