By Victor Ochieng
What a joke! Can you imagine that a church in South Africa doesn’t allow Blacks to attend their services? According to reliable sources, Afrikaanse Protestante Kerk, a South African church, has issued a stern warning against Black people attending their Sunday services.
The Cable reported that the church, whose name is translated to Afrikaans Protestant Church (APK), recently restrained two Black journalists from joining the rest of their congregation for a church service.
The journalists, who were reportedly on an assignment in the area before returning to Pretoria, were looking for a place to worship before they came to APK. Unfortunately, they were turned away by one of the church leaders who told them that “the church is only for Whites.”
Afrikaans is an ethnic group comprised of people reportedly of the lineage of Europeans, mostly Dutch, who settled in South Africa sometime around the 17th and 18th centuries.
The white settlers controlled a substantial portion of South Africa’s political landscape and economy before the country got her independence in 1994 and Apartheid was abolished.
Teunis Oukamp, the official who turned back the Black journalists from the Orania, South Africa church, was categorical that allowing Black people to fellowship at an all-White church would be nothing less than infringing on the “rights of Afrikaans people.”
“I am now in a difficult situation. You know that Orania is only for White people. This is why we are here,” Oukamp said. “You must understand I know you want to serve God and everything, but I have to protect the rights of Afrikaans people.”
That meant the journalists couldn’t be let in because they’re Black.
“So I cannot let you in, you guys can go to any other church, but this one is only for White people,” Oukamp told the journalists.
Orania is a racist town that’s surviving on discrimination against Blacks even after the country established self-rule from the colonialists. Face2Face Africa published quite a telling story about the Afrikaans-only South African town, which is sitting right along Orange River’s banks in the arid region of Karoo in the Northern Cape province.
The town, which was set up in 1994 at the quashing of Apartheid rule, has less than 2,000 residents and has become widely known as the surviving stronghold for White South Africans who’re keen on safeguarding their original Afrikaner identity by preserving their language and culture.
Even to this day, no Black person, regardless of whether you can speak Afrikaans fluently or are married to an Afrikaner, is allowed to reside in the town.