South African Town Wants To Preserve Its “Whiteness” & Segregation
Kleinfontein is a town of 1,000 residents outside of Pretoria, South Africa. All 1000 of these residents are white, and if they have it their way, it’s going to stay that way. Kleinfontein has been in existence since 1992, and is heavily guarded by their own security people and a fence surrounds its almost 2,000 acres. The people in this community take “pride” in the fact that they are upholding their culture and refuse to assimilate, no matter how racist others seem to think it is.
“We feel that our culture is being threatened and we want to protect it and we want to nurture it,” said Marisa Haasbroek, a writer and mother who serves as voluntary spokeswoman for a gated community called Kleinfontein.
There are also residents who feel threatened by the mere existence of black people and their ability to ruin a country.
Johan Foley, a former bank manager, did not mince his words about why he moved to Kleinfontein about 20 years ago.
“We are worrying about black people,” said Foley, 76.
“Every time they get their hands on something, it is going bankrupt, there are troubles,” he said. “White people gave them clothes, an education.”
Gave. “them”. Clothes.
“Since 1994, since black people are taking over this country, everything has gone wrong,” Foley said.
It’s times like this where I would just say fuck it. Let the racist ingrates have their little town. Why would anyone want to be 10 feet near them anyways?
But there are people in South Africa that strongly oppose Kleinfontein and their little enclave of hate.
NBC News reports that in May, a black man was blocked from buying a house there. Demonstrators protested outside its gates and local officials launched an investigation of the community, saying discrimination on the basis of language, race and color is illegal.
“The fact that there are children growing up there and being indoctrinated with hateful ideology that paints all black people as criminals, that really concerns me,” said Czerina Patel, a South African journalist who is the executive director of Yenza, a charity that works with disadvantaged young people.
“The bottom line is [if a non-white] Afrikaans-speaking person wanted to live there they couldn’t,” she added.
"Keinfontein has been criticized for its policy of barring all Jews, Catholics, non-Afrikaan speakers, and blacks from settling in the community. Protests were held in May 2013 when the community denied the application of a black man to buy a home in the community. The community has also been criticized by the South African government for engaging in practices that once led to a "divided South Africa."
Some residents of the community have also objected to the "restricted" nature of the community which prevents them from selling their home to the buyer of their choice."