His Excellency Mr. Kamalesh Sharma
Commonwealth of Nations
Marlborough House, Pall Mall,
London SW1Y 5HX, UK
I wish to bring to your urgent attention the systemic violations of human rights taking place in South Africa, a member country of the Commonwealth.
Yesterday 24 shops belonging to Pakistani nationals, another member country, were ransacked and burnt to the ground in the town of Viljoenskroon, as reported by the South African Press Association (SAPA).
The New York Times has also reported on the many extra-judicial killings taking place against Commonwealth subjects in South Africa, such as Malawians, Mozambicans and Zimbabweans. Although Zimbabwe is no longer a member of the Commonwealth, its citizens should not be subjected to murder and ethnic persecution in South Africa, one of the founding members of the Commonwealth.
I am writing to you on behalf of the Pro-Afrikaans Action Group, an Afrikaner NGO in South Africa. Afrikaners are an indigenous people in South Africa and we are asking your protection, as well as that of Queen Elizabeth II, against the systemic violation of human rights that we are suffering from. These transgressions include the following:
- racial discrimination in jobs, education and access to capital
- language and cultural discrimination
- murder, extra-judicial killings and ethnic persecution
- rape of our women and girls
- displacement from our traditional lands and farms
- forcible transfer of children from our group to the South African group through anglicisation, indoctrination and assimilation
- interference in our traditional schools and educational practices so as to break them down and prevent the transmission of our language, culture and identity to the next generation
- vandalism directed against our heritage, museums, literature, arts and historic sites through neglect, lack of funding or willful destruction
- name changes of towns, streets and places to eradicate our heritage and historical presence in South Africa
I trust that you will respond favourably to our request for help in addressing the human rights crisis in South Africa and our right to be protected from the above-mentioned violations.
I humbly ask you to acknowledge receipt of this letter sent by e-mail.
Dr. Dan Roodt
Director, Pro-Afrikaans Action Group (PRAAG)