Namibia: Whites Push For ‘Afrikaner Traditional Authority’
THE CHAIRPERSON of the ‘Self-Help Trust of Namibia’, Kosie Pretorius (pictured), has once again lobbied [the Namibian] government for the establishment of an Afrikaner traditional authority. Pretorius, who is also the Monitor Action Group (MAG) political party leader, was accompanied by party secretary Jurie Viljoen when they met President Hifikepunye Pohamba at State House on Friday.
Pretorius told reporters after the meeting that the courtesy call was not only to lobby for the establishment of an Afrikaner traditional authority, but they also engaged the President on the possibilities of subsidising the proposed traditional authority.
“We have a right to be treated equally and be subsidised like other traditional authorities in the country and be on the same level as them,” Pretorius said….
Asked about the President’s response, Pretorius described it as sympathetic. “The President understands what the white community wants to achieve and he is willing to help us,” he said.
Quizzed on what they will be doing next, the former Member of Parliament said their next step would be to meet Jerry Ekandjo, the Minister of Regional and Local Government, Housing and Rural Development.
According to the MAG leader, the subsidies that the proposed Afrikaner traditional authority would get would be used to preserve Afrikaner traditions and heritage through projects such as an archive, library and museum for Afrikaners, already under construction.
The project is the brainchild of the Self-Help Trust of Namibia, an organisation that aims to serve the interest of the Afrikaner community.
“We already invested N$5 million into the construction of the building but we still need more funds to finish that project,” Pretorius said.
Viljoen rejected criticism that the building would incite hatred or division in Namibian society, saying the aim was to preserve Afrikaner history.