ANC calls for Orania to be shut down
Orania is a community formed by association. Newcomers naturally have to fit in with the existing community, formed over the years by people who have been able to identify with Orania’s aspirations, and who can sustain the demands it poses. The attitude of the community is that everyone who wants to associate with Orania is given a chance, but that time will tell whether that initial intention was seriously intended or not.
Orania’s population is characterized as Afrikaans speaking, Christian and white. There are some who are not Afrikaans-speaking at home, but who do speak Afrikaans in public. Others may only be nominally Christians and not truly live it, but it remains each person’s own responsibility and their own conscience to judge.
The aim of the town is to create a stronghold for Afrikaans and the Afrikaner identity by keeping their language and culture alive. Anyone who defines themselves as an Afrikaner and identifies with Afrikaner ethnicity is welcome to live in Orania.
Critics accuse the town authorities of rejecting the Rainbow Nationconcept and trying to recreate pre-democratic South Africa within an enclave, while residents contend the desire to preserve their linguistic and cultural heritage and protect themselves from high crime levels as their motivation, claiming the right to self-determination as provided by the Constitution of South Africa. The town's relations with the South African government are non-confrontational, and although opposed to the aspirations of the community, it has recognised them as legitimate. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
Orania came under attack by the MEC for Education in Gauteng in a Tweet yesterday