Among AfriForum’s latest attempt to rile South Africans, along with bending the Aussie ear with Ramaphosa misquotes, is what can only be called a strange affair. It is a music video, and if you thought that meant the Afrikaner rights group is trying to be hip, you’d halt in your tracks when you read the title: Die Gelofte. Yes, The Covenant. The same title as the document that has been at the centre of the racist version of Afrikaner nationalism, which brought us apartheid, decades of minority rule and untold misery for generations of nonwhites. Five sombre khaki-clad lads in a beige, khaki kind of wash sing about beating off the “enemy” and the sweetness of victory. Their effort is being broadcast to a farm, an elderly couple, some kids listening on a 1930s-style radio and two soldier types, one with a plastic training helmet somewhere in a veld, on the border perhaps? There is no reference to any race in Voortrekker leader Sarel Cilliers’s original text, written before the Battle ...

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