Is South Africa a Sovereign State?

By Pinky Khoabane

IS South Africa a sovereign state? How is it that it can have a whites-only enclave Orania which runs its own affairs independently from the main country? How is it that there are private prosecutions running parallel to the main country’s prosecutions system? How is it that there are plans underway to have an alternative Afrikaans-only education system? How is it that there’s talk of having the national prosecutions that is sponsored by private entities? How could private individuals have their own port of entry – manning the borders of a sovereign state? All these developments go unchallenged by the government of the day. 

Despite independence and freedom, the ANC-led government has allowed minority groups which were beneficiaries of apartheid to retain control and influence.


The issue of Afrikaans and its role in the education system has reared its head again following an announcement that an Afrikaans only university will be built. It’s not clear to me who made the formal announcement but a post on Twitter and an image of what looked like a sod turning ceremony said the university would be opened in 14 months’ time. 

Trade union Solidarity announced in June that it would roll-out a R4.5billion alternative education system following court decisions to have Afrikaans scrapped as a medium of instruction at universities. They have also lost their bid to hang onto Afrikaans as a medium of instruction at primary schools. This alternative Afrikaans-only eduction system will be comprehensive and will include a college, university, financial aid for students, mentorship, and protection in the workplace. 

These two racist organisations – Solidarity and Afriforum – have been able to use our Constitution and the courts and when they fail, as they did with the Afrikaans issue at educational institutions, decided to develop alternative systems – prosecutions and now the education system. 

These are the same people who benefited from the apartheid system that protected the rights of whites and developed an education system inferior to that of whites – one which prepared Blacks for menial jobs. 

When they can’t get their way to have a language that will exclude the majority of people from benefiting from the education system, they simply develop their own system. 

That the ANC-led government has failed to adequately deal with our freedom and sovereignty is no longer an issue for debate.

The country is not only registered as a corporation with the US’s Securities Exchange Commission but we also have a white enclave like Orania which is an independent state and runs its own affairs. 

Everywhere in the country are means of control and influence by those who benefitted from apartheid. Whether it is the gated communities, schools barring others on the basis of language or accommodation or social clubs which deny others entry on the basis of one prejudice or another – whites in South Africa still have the power to influence and control. 

Dr Cheikh Anta Diop warned us in 1959: “There can be no compromise, and we will in the future allow no creation of White states in whatever form or for whatever pretext, regardless of the apparent prestige of the hypocritical International organisation proposing such states. We will drive no one out, for we are not racists. We will wipe out no minority but will insist upon democratically proportional participation in the way states are governed. We will not accept stratification of national life in these future states on an ethnic basis. No country, until now, has solved its minority problem in any other manner”.    

There have been too many compromises made in the South African scenario – between the now ruling elite and the oppressors, in secret talks, way before Codesa. 

Each of the developments unfolding – of systems that challenge South Africa’s sovereignty – tell us that the founding President of the Pan Africanist Congress, Robert Sobukwe was correct in his 1949 Fort Hare graduation speech that: “History has taught us that a group in power has never voluntarily relinquished its position. It has always been forced to do so. And we do not expect miracles to happen in Africa”.

The question for South Africans is how this group in power will be forced to relinquish power and who will be the actors? 



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  1. Wooow!!! Pinky this is profound and mind boggling!! The big question remains…where are we going as a country and what are we as citizens of SA doing about this. Perhaps we have to stand together and fight the system that is bias and unjustified.

  2. You are an idiot, in which way do beneficiaries of apartheid to retain control and influence”, over what exactly do they retain control and influence? Their own lives? so you want to control their lives like a dictator does, you want to dictate to them what they can learn, in which language they can learn?…maybe in future you will assign their life partners as well and tell them who their friends can be. You clearly have zero understanding of our constitution and the freedoms it allows all of us.

    1. Dear Ronkedoor

      Thank you for reading. Nothing is more pleasing to a commentator than to get people thinking and responding.

      You know what they say, when you bring out insults then you know the battle is won.


      Pinky Khoabane

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