Part One, Prologue…
One cannot truly understand the present without learning the past. History is what truly shapes the foundation of a country and its people. To dismiss what came before would be akin to starting a book in the middle and trying to guess what happened at the beginning. I had no idea what I was in for when I took up the torch to help lend a voice to what was going on in South Africa. I had seen the news, Zuma and his corruption, Ramaphosa and his election. I had followed it and reported on it as is my self-appointed duty as a citizen journalist, but then Ramaphosa passed what could only be described as the spark that ignited a centuries-old struggle, and then nothing.
One would think mass killings would make the news, that the press would be reporting it ad nausea, but instead, a narrative emerged which rewrote the history of the Afrikaner people and made them look as if they are the aggressor. In this documentary series, I will chronicle the history of the Afrikaners, how it evolved, what corruption, and the eventual electing of Cyril Ramaphosa did to South Africa. I will even go into the farm killings that are currently going on, the media cover up, and in some cases, blackout of the information the Afrikaners are trying to get out.
Keep in mind this history is from the perspective of the Settlers and sailors who had a written account. The tribes of Africa have a verbal history of the accounting.
In the year 1652, the Dutch India Trading Company(VOC), with Jan van Riebeck at the lead, found what is known as today as The Cape of Good Hope. These people from the Netherlands established a permanent harbor for the purposes of water and food replenishment. The harbor was also to repair damaged ships for the Trading Company. Their original compliment of nine men were given orders to grow a vegetable garden in order to make provisions for future ships that would port there on their way to the East. This nine men were released from their contracts after five years making them vryburgers(freeburghers).
The land of the Cape open and untended, unclaimed land. This meant there was not a soul on the cape. It was virgin land. It was not until 1772 that the Settlers came in contact with any indigenous people. The Khoikhoi, the first tribe they encountered, accepted a barter, but a dispute over livestock arose as the Settlers accused the tribe of stealing their livestock, and the Khoikhoi did not see it as stealing as they believed livestock belonged to no one.
Slavery came to the Cape in 1658 when people were brought to the Cape from other parts of Africa, Madagascar, India, and East Asia. The labor comprised of servants, carpenters, brick layers, and basic laborers. The VOC held owned the slaves, who they housed in lodges. (These lodges would later be converted to the old Supreme Court and the now South African Cultural History Museum.) Those not put in the lodges were owned and housed by the vryburgers. By the the van Riebeck returned to Holland in 1662, the Cape of Good Hope was a thriving colony with a population of 250. The final import of slaves would be in 1792, but slavery would not abolished until 1833 by the British Empire.
In the early 1700’s trekboers (pioneer farmers) struck out from the cape and headed north and east. It would be unavoidable that they would encounter the Xhosa, the first South African Tribe.
Note from the writer:
What started out as a mid-way point for the Dutch India Trading Company turned into a thriving colony in The Cape. They started having their first encounters with indigenous people and were no strangers to slaves. The next historical installment will include the first contact with the Xhosa and the wars that broke out.
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South Africa: History in an Hour by Anthony Holmes on scribd.com