“They go out and see Black people, for instance. It is good experience but they come back home to a safe environment where they know who they are,” she quietly but firmly asserts.
There are no requirements to belong to a specific political party – except that they belong to a right-wing party. “We are members of AfriForum (White power lobby group) but there are residents with more extreme views,” says Haasbroek.
Religion is no one’s business but your own.
“Some people belong to the NG Kerk, some to the APK (Afrikaanse Protestantse Kerk) and others to the Hervormde Kerk.”
Haasbroek loves the fact that she can live “in two worlds”.
“I can sing Sarie Marais on a Friday night in the community hall and on a Saturday morning I go out to Woodlands Boulevard.”
The tour continues to the “Waterkloof” of Kleinfontein – where the wealthier residents live.
This is where Haasbroek lives with her engineer husband and two children.
The Kleinfontein Wild Park leads you around the property and back to the residential areas.
The tour is almost over – the last stop is the community hall, next to the rugby field.
“In June, we all trek to Orania to play rugby against them,” Haasbroek informs me.
The tour ends where it started – at the bust of Verwoerd.
“This is where we feel at home. “We live with people who are like us.”
If you want to make Kleinfontein your home town, you go through a stringent process of approval.
“We have to make sure potential residents align with our cultural beliefs and our language.”
Once approved, new residents buy shares in the co-operative.
This affords them the right to live there and they are allocated a property.
Residents can then build a house on the property. “If you want to sell the house, the money belongs to you,” says Haasbroek.
The community can also accommodate twice as many homes as currently exist.
“We have enough water and we distribute the electricity ourselves,” says Haasbroek, adding that Eskom only brings the electricity services to the edge of the community.
Residents are involved in a process of applying to be accredited as an independent town – it currently exists as part of the City of Tshwane.
“We do not want trouble. We are well aware of the outside world. We just feel strongly about our identity, but we are not aggressive towards the City of Tshwane,” she sighs.
Residents of Kleinfontein defend their right to live as they do based on Article 235 of the constitution which allows for self-determination. The article gives the residents the right to live in a community with people of their own culture and language group. It is the same article on which the residents of Orania base their existence.
“We feel at home with our own people and we know who we are,” said Marisa Haasbroek, Kleinfontein’s volunteer communications officer.
By: Lali van Zuydam