SPEECH GIVEN BY A.D.HARVEY TO THE BECKENHAM YOUNG CONSERVATIVES
Ladies and gentlemen, fellow patriots,
Let me first of all place on record what a great privilege I consider it to be to address you this evening, and to thank you for the respect that you have shown to me and the cause which I represent by inviting me to speak here tonight. I was originally asked to speak in general about the present deteriorating situation in South Africa, but with your permission I would like to talk more specifically about one section of the South African population - an oft-forgotten "suppressed" minority in the world today, but one which can even so still play a vital role in saving civilisation in Southern Africa from total collapse - the English-speakers of Natal.
however, I feel that I had better say a few words about myself. I first visited
I was not only
the matter of language itself which demonstrated that it was the British
historic roots of White South Africa, not the Dutch, which had the biggest
influence on the major cities of the country however. South Africans drive on
the "correct" side of the road; their favourite sports are the same
as in Britain, with rugby and cricket the most popular; the architecture of the
country is much the same as in any British coastal resort, and in everyday life
it is again the "Englishness" of the country's ancestry which is the
most obvious. In fact, certainly whilst I was in the
It was Tommy
Bedford, the Natal and South Africa rugby captain, who first coined the phrase
"The Last Outpost of the British Empire" to describe Natal during the
course of this tour, a description which has lasted with increasing usage to
this day. For a while the
I returned to the
It was actually
in 1976 that I eventually managed to emigrate, and from that date until I was
forced to leave the country in 1990 I never failed to be amazed at the "Britishness" of so many facets of society. In spite of
officially being a Republic, the British Royal Family is probably held in
greater admiration in
If there is one
facet of British life which White South Africans take even more interest in
than the Royal Family, however, it is British football. The full British soccer
results are broadcast on
The City of
If anything Pietermaritzburg, the capital of Natal, is even more British in architecture and atmosphere than Durban, with a distinct feel of Cheltenham about it, and with the archetypal "English" public schools of Hilton and Michaelhouse nearby. Elsewhere the Province bristles with British placenames; Margate and Ramsgate on the South Coast (where the term "Thanet" is jokingly used in many business titles), Maidstone and Sevenoaks in the Midlands, and of course Newcastle and Dundee, the biggest towns in the North. It is not for nothing that these towns possess these names, for if it was not for the greater preponderance of non-Whites and the warmer climate they could easily be mistaken for their namesakes back in Britain.
There are two Natal-based organisations which I would also like to mention to emphasise the Britishness of the Province. The first is the Durban Parliament, a debating society that I was proud to belong to which is run strictly along British Parliamentary lines, and which is presided over by a charismatic gentleman named Ken Sutler-Gore who might have been plucked straight from the English shires. It was at a sitting of the Durban Parliament where I came into contact with the other organisation which I want to mention, alas towards the end of my stay in the Province, and therefore before I had the chance to join. This is a body called "The Sons of England", and as the name suggests it is an organisation for those who take an active pride and interest in their English ancestry. Their speaker who addressed the Durban Parliament, Mr. Don Gilliat, furthermore informed me that they enjoyed very strong and fraternal relations with the local Caledonian Society, the Cambrian Society, and even a small Ulster Association.
Many of the hotels in Durban take a pride in resembling traditional English country inns, and none of them more so than the Bell Inn in Durban North. This establishment served the most sumptuous Sunday roast dinners in the traditional British style, which I often used to patronise in the company of a number of British expatriates, most notably Mr.Paul Roper, originally from Bournemouth, who was the life and soul of any gathering, and whose fancy-dress birthday parties were the talk of Durban society!
As I said earlier, the phrase "The Last Outpost of the British Empire" is increasingly used to describe the Province of Natal. Nowhere is this more obvious than with the teeming car bumper-stickers of various designs, all of which proudly proclaim "Natal, The Last Outpost", complete with Union Flag and Natal coat-of-arms. Sales of the original Natal colonial flag (basically the "Red Ensign" with the Natal coat-of-arms in a white roundel in the bottom right-hand corner) - something never seen during my earlier years in the Province - are also escalating throughout the souvenir outlets of the Province, and these flags are now prominently flown by supporters at Natal's cricket and rugby matches etc.. Even before I was forced to leave the country in 1990 it seemed as if sub-consciously Natal was already slating to secede from the rest of South Africa.
It is against
this background that the present plight of the English-speakers of South
Africa, and of Natal in particular, must be viewed. The Afrikaners have never
taken such great pride in their ancestry, or in their Dutch, French or German
origins. There is no fanaticism amongst them for the Dutch Royal Family; they
do not demand that French soccer results are given out on
I believe that the Afrikaner people have made a great mistake by this, a great, great mistake. But it is not the Afrikaners who I am most concerned about in this context, but the people who are probably suffering even more by the imposition of Black terrorist rule - my own kith and kin, the English-speakers of Natal. The English-speakers of South Africa have historically made one big mistake concerning their own well-being, and this is that they have never become actively involved in the politics of the country. If they did, however - as in the case of Tommy Bedford himself - it was weirdly by supporting some of the more obnoxious Left-wing parties. I can remember once canvassing for the HNP in Durban when I called at a house festooned with pictures of the Queen and the Royal Family. I naturally assumed that the occupants would be supporting the Right-wing candidate - only to be informed that they were members of the ultra-Leftist Progressive Federal Party! It was unreal, and something akin to somebody in this country belonging both to the Monarchist League and to Militant Tendancy!
The reason for
this strange ambiguity was historical rather than political, for the parties of
the Right, the National Party and the
The total White
It is not only amongst the Whites where one particular group predominates in Natal, for approximately 88% of the Black population of the Province are Zulu. The Zulus, of course, are the traditional enemy of the Xhosa, so there will thus be no more place for the Zulus in the "New South Africa" of the ANC/NP axis than there will be for English-speaking Whites. There has always been a curious mutual respect between the Zulus and the English-speakers in Southern Africa, dating back to the Zulu Wars of the 1870s. At the present moment, moreover, it is only the Zulu Inkatha movement which is being prepared militantly to oppose the ANC terrorist takeover of the country, and the vast majority of Whites in Natal admire them for this.
There have been many barmy - and I repeat, barmy - plans for an Afrikaner "homeland" secession in South Africa, but these are merely lines drawn on a map and therefore stand absolutely no chance of being allowed by the ANC/NP axis, or of being internationally accepted. The boundaries of Natal, on the other hand, are both long-established and legally recognised. The prospect of a Natal/KwaZulu breakaway from the rest of South Africa is therefore a possibility - particularly as Chief Buthelezi, the leader of Inkatha, is fully in favour of a federal structure. Buthelezi, unlike the ANC leaders, is a wily-enough old fox to realise the necessity for a continued White presence in the country in order to maintain an advanced and prosperous Western state. The prospect of a federal Natal/KwaZulu being established under the leadership of Buthelezi and someone like Carl Werth (a former leader of the Conservative Party in Natal) is therefore not outside the bounds of possibility.
The people of the UK must not turn their backs on their kith and kin in Natal therefore, and indeed must give them every support and encouragement to go their own way. With the collapse of the ERM and the probable eventual disintegration of the EU Britain must start to look for new, and perhaps more traditional friends and trading partners. A newly-established federal Natal/KwaZulu could prove to be the first such ally in this new direction.