Suidlanders

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The Suidlanders (English: Southlanders) is a South African white Afrikaner ethnic survivalist group whose ideology is based on the prophecies of Boer Siener van Rensburg.[1][2] The group believes that a race war or general civil war is coming in South Africa as a result of a white genocide. They anticipate an eventual collapse of infrastructure and advocate and plan for an evacuation of white South Africans from the major cities in the event of a race war.[3][4][5] Their leader is Gustav Müller.[4] The group has claimed significant success in raising global awareness of the perceived threat, following a 2017 tour to the United States, and has also taken credit for an offer by Australian government minister Peter Dutton to preferentially grant refugee visas to white South African farmers.[6]

History and beliefs[edit]

The Suidlanders were formed in 2006 by Gustav Zietsmann Müller, who still heads the organization.[7][non-primary source needed] Müller is quoted in a video recording of 28 May 2016 as saying "My actual calling (vocation) is to bring the Boer people back to God" which echoes the purported Christian ethos of the organisation.[citation needed] The ranks of the organization increased after the murder of South African white supremacist Eugène Terre'Blanche, which although it did not trigger massive social unrest or war, did energize far-right organizations and some conservative groups in South Africa.[5]

The Suidlanders claim to be a civil defense organisation under international law dedicated to the white Afrikaner ethnic group.[8][non-primary source needed] The group explicitly distances itself from Neo-Nazi organisations.[6]

The Suidlanders say that they are inspired by the prophecies of Siener van Rensburg, a peasant farmer who served as a spiritual adviser to several Boer military leaders during the Anglo-Boer war, who they believe predicted a massive civil insurrection will lead to a race war in South Africa. [9]

Leadership and management[edit]

The Suidlanders is led by an executive council composed of Louis de la Gey, Bertus Schwan, Ben van Rensburg, and Hans van der Poel. In keeping with their strong emphasis on Christianity as the foundation of the organisation's philosophy, the Suidlanders has a dedicated spiritual leader.[citation needed]

The Suidlanders conduct training in all aspects of civil defence throughout the year. The training ranges from logistics/operations to the control of refugees and from first aid to communication.[10][non-primary source needed]

White genocide[edit]

The Suidlanders took credit for increasing media coverage of a white genocide which it claims is happening in South Africa, also claiming credit for increasing coverage of the issue by figures such as Katie Hopkins, and for an offer by Australian cabinet minister Peter Dutton to resettle white South Africans as refugees. However, the Suidlanders spokesman Simon Roche rejected the idea of mass emigration of Afrikaners from South Africa.[6][11]

Popular Culture[edit]

A group of Suidlanders featured in season 1, episode 7 of David Farrier's Dark Tourist.[12]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ WW3: Germans, Boers, Race War, Suidlanders, Simon Roche, Siener Van Rensburg & Adriaan Synman, retrieved 2018-08-24
  2. ^ Weiner, Sophie. "Trump Thrills White Nationalists With Tweet About South African Farms". Splinter. Retrieved 2018-08-24.
  3. ^ Staff (25 October 2013). "S. Africa evacuation plan: White Afrikaner group fears genocide upon Mandela's death". RT.
  4. ^ a b Schneider, Victoria (7 November 2013). "Is the white-right in South Africa a threat?". Al Jazeera.
  5. ^ a b Gedye, Lloyd. "White genocide: How the big lie spread to the US and beyond". The M&G Online. Retrieved 2018-08-24.
  6. ^ a b c "SA conservative group takes credit for increased 'white genocide' awareness". News24. Retrieved 2018-08-24.
  7. ^ "Gustav Zietsman Müller - Suidlanders". Retrieved 2016-06-23.
  8. ^ Suidlanders (2015). Suidlanders Manual in English. Freely available upon request navrae@suidlanders.co.za: Suidlanders. p. 13.
  9. ^ Haynes, Gavin (May 10, 2018). "The Race War Preppers Behind South Africa's 'White Genocide' Meme". Vice News. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  10. ^ "Suidlanders website, article on training".
  11. ^ Gedye, Lloyd. "White genocide: How the big lie spread to the US and beyond". The M&G Online. Retrieved 2018-08-24.
  12. ^ Levitt, Jessica. "Netflix show features white Afrikaner group preparing for 'revolution'". Times LIVE. Retrieved 2018-09-13.