One of the most controversial parts of South African culture lies on the border between Free State and the Northern Cape. Orania, a whites-only town equidistant between Cape Town and Pretoria, has proved to be incredibly divisive, and it hasn’t escaped the attention of Zamani Saul.
The new Northern Cape Premier – who’s already won a few over with his “common sense” approach to politics – promised to review the status of Orania in an interview with national broadcaster eNCA, picking up from where his predecessor Sydney Mufamadi left off.
Whites-only settlements in South Africa
The previous incumbent of the premiership had set-up a task team to investigate just how “legal” racially-segregated societies are in South Africa. With proposals in place for another whites-only town taking shape in Garies, it now seems as if Zamani Saul’s hand is being forced.
The settlement of Eureka is currently undergoing development in the Kamiesberg Municipality of the Northern Cape. The land itself costs nothing for those who want to join, but there is a catch to be aware of: All applicants must cover their own buildings costs. Apparently, 5 000 people have already signed-up.
Northern Cape Premier “to look at the legal status” of Orania
As Saul suggests, these regions and their existence may no longer go unchallenged:
“I was part and parcel of the task team, which was set up by comrade Sydney Mufamadi when he was the minister of Cogta, to look at the legal status of Orania. We have not concluded that work.
“We need to conclude that work to look at the status of Orania, so we can better conceptualise our approach in dealing with similar areas.”
The racially-exclusive settlement only allows Afrikaaners to buy property in the region, populated by less than 1 000 citizens. Interest in Orania has spiked during this election year, as increased media attention followed the small town. In fact, the enclave even has representation in Parliament – MP Wynand Boshof (FF+) has a home there.