AFRICANGLOBE – Deep in rural South Africa, a terrifying white supremacist movement is brainwashing teenagers to rise up in defiance of Nelson Mandela’s hard-fought dream of a Rainbow Nation.
The far-right Afrikaner Resistance Movement (AWB) is training thousands of youths in military-style bootcamps northwest of Johannesburg to fight for a separate white state.
By day, they are pushed to their physical limits with assault courses and self-defence lessons, all the while being told of the danger from ‘the millions of Blacks trying to kill you’.
Then by night, they are subjected to vile racist indoctrination which many hoped had disappeared from South Africa for good.
For Dion Bernard, a 15-year-old boy enrolled on the latest camp, the seeds of old hatred are already cemented in his mind.
‘In the Bible it says Black people must live with Black people and white people must live with white people,’ he says.
‘You cannot mix nations. I don’t have Black friends. If they come to my side and ask to speak to me, I will say no. Or I will turn my back on them and walk away.’
Dion comes from a deeply religious family, part of a small but determined minority of Afrikaner people who still yearn for apartheid-era politics.
He is one more than 2,000 teenagers who have attend Kommando core, an AWB ‘endurance’ camp for white youngsters, over the last two years.
Filmmakers followed their story for a controversial documentary called Fatherland by TIA Productions.
The camp is run by Colonel Jooste, a veteran of the South African apartheid era.
‘South Africa is bleeding,’ he says. ‘And this is why we have to train our people to be prepared.
‘There’s millions and millions of Blacks around you, smothering you… and killing you.
‘So you have to implement certain systems to survive and that’s why we say the only system we can go now for is not apartheid. That’s second prize. First prize is freedom.’
His lectures sound like something taken straight out of the slave-trade era.
He tells them: ‘We look different. We don’t look the same as them.
‘They have thick lips. The lips are likely to curl upwards.
‘Okay? We have thin lips. The negroes ears on the inside are totally different to ours.
‘It’s much more sensitive. That’s why us Afrikaners know, hit them against the ears and they’ll fall to the ground. Because their ears are made differently.’
Later, members of the camp are filmed burning the South African flag while holding the Afrikaner one.
‘No one will force us to stand under this flag,’ they say. ‘We Afrikaners want our freedom. We want our own country.’
By: Simon Tomlinson