A Moment with Dr. Wynand Boshoff
"The country's people should be its greatest asset and once you get to a stage where the population becomes a liability to the government, then something has gone terribly wrong"
Speaking plainly with Thabo Makweya, sat down with Dr Wynand Boshoff of the Freedom Front Plus party, a party many associate with the National Party.
Freedom Front Plus surprised a lot of its competitors and the public by being part of the top 5 in parliament. Whilst people were trying to recover from surprise of the elections, news surfaced that Dr Boshoff is Verwoerd’s grandson. Verwoerd has been dubbed the “Architect of Apartheid” for his role in shaping apartheid policy.
“The country’s people should be its greatest asset and once you get to a stage where the population becomes a liability to the government, then something has gone terribly wrong, because the people should be the asset and not the other way around”. This is Dr Boshoff’s angle for education and improving the lives of South Africans.
Dr Boshoff claims to have been an irritating activist at high school ,which made him decide to stay out of politics. At a certain stage in his life the Freedom Front Plus had a vacuum in the Northern Cape and he then decided to join the party and became the chairperson of the branch, due to losing their previous provincial leader to death.
He claims he didn’t plan it as a personal goal to one day become the provincial leader.
“It is a matter of doing doing your best wherever you are”.
Boshoff is the son of Orania founder and Northern Cape VF+ leader, Professor Carel Boshoff, who married Verwoerd’s daughter Anna.
The town was founded in 1991 as an attempt to preserve Afrikaner culture in a changing South Africa.
Boshoff explains that Orania stems from self-determination which is used to diffuse conflict.
“When you have competing cultural groups which exist in perfect harmony along each other but when integrated into a single state unit friction is observed. When the 1994 elections took place, white people were worried and anxious about who was going to lead between the ANC and the NP”.
From the party’s initial population of 13, the figure has now grown to around 1,300 people.
The town was bought from the Department of Water Affairs and was set up as a private community — one which prides itself on hard work and self-determination.
Boshoff rejects the idea that the town exists as a way of forming an exclusionary community along racial lines, and says the Constitution provides legal backing for their thinking.
When asked if black people are allowed to stay in Orania, he responded by saying Orania is open to everyone as long as they are willing to adhere to its rules of preserving the Afrikaans culture.