The international community was both vocally and financially supportive of the transition from the race-based policies of the apartheid era to a democratically elected government. This support, along with the widespread desire for reconciliation and collaboration amongst the citizens of South Africa, allowed the transition to occur peacefully in 1994. The resulting new South African constitution was hailed as a political miracle, which struck a balance between correcting the wrongs of apartheid and protecting the significant minority populations in South Africa. During the initial years of the Mandela presidency, all ethnic groups united to work together to realise the dream of a prosperous South Africa.
Today however, more than 25 years later, that dream has been shattered by widespread corruption, incompetence at all levels of government, out of control violent crime and a return to race-based policies and legislation.
Most concerning is that almost all the failures of the South African government are increasingly being blamed on the white minority, who constitute only 8.4% of the total population and have had virtually no political, fiscal or military power for more than two decades.
The United Liberty Alliance (ULA) is a civil rights movement focused on the self-determination of the oppressed minorities in Southern Africa. These minorities include the descendants of:
a. The Khoi and San, the aboriginal peoples of Southern Africa;
b. People from Continental Europe, the British Isles and even North America who settled in Southern Africa from as early as 1652;
c. Slaves and indentured individuals brought to Southern Africa before 1900, primarily from Malaysia, India and Indonesia.
The ULA is an umbrella body that unifies a multitude of minority-led organisations through the common goal of independence.
The ULA originated in 2009 in the USA as a social group of concerned friends of Afrikaners. Its initial function was to aid South Africans emigrating to the USA by extending a helping hand and assisting the new immigrants in settling in.
Concerns regarding the wellbeing of the whites being forced into squatter camps back home in South Africa, enlarged their focus. The founder members of the ULA soon realised that problems facing those left impoverished and vulnerable to increasing crime in SA, were far too big to solve with food and clothing donations.
After lengthy discussions with many expats they came to the conclusion that the only solution was to find a way to achieve independence. The path was set.
The ULA and its affiliate organisations envisage a free and fair society where Southern Africa’s minorities can enjoy their basic human rights, free from domination and oppression. The worsening situation in South Africa has shown, over more than two decades, that this vision is only obtainable through independence for those regions where these minorities do in fact form the majority.
Our mission is to:
*Foster mutual respect and collaboration between the various minority groups in SA;
*Unite the various minority organisations thereby obtaining the mandate to pursue independence;
*Establish a Congress of Representatives who will be tasked with planning the legal, orderly and peaceful secession of the relevant regions;
*Obtain international support in the form of monitoring and oversight, financial support and political and legal recognition as well as sanctions against the South African government;
*Facilitate the democratic independence referendum by means of a voting database, where persons can register their independence vote over an extended period of time (instead of on a single day as in a traditional referendum);
*Ultimately execute the transition to independence under the leadership of the Congress of Representatives and in collaboration with the international community. The Congress of Representatives will draft the constitution and key policies of the new independent state and will form regional shadow governments in anticipation of independence.
What is the ULA's definition of 'self-determination'?
What is secession?
Many South Africans ask what is to be understood by the term secession? Simply put, it is the legal term (derived from the Latin word secessio) for the formal withdrawal of a group from a larger entity, more especially a political entity seeking total independence and sovereign self-determination. To further simplify: It is the term for the process of the creation of a new, sovereign state out of a portion of an existing, sovereign state or states?
What is self-determination?
Self-determination is a cardinal principle in modern international law (commonly regarded as a jus cogens rule), binding, as such, on the United Nations as authoritative interpretation of the Charter's norms. It states that people, based on respect for the principle of equal rights and fair equality of opportunity, have the right to freely choose their sovereignty and international political status free of interference.
Is there confusion in SA as to what self-determination is?
Yes, unfortunately there is. Some political parties and civil rights initiatives use the word 'self-determination' interpreting it to mean 'internal self-determination’, leaving the minority groups feeling excluded and hopelessly stranded under the socialist majority government’s control.
Is there an example of this concept of 'internal self-determination'?
Yes, Orania is such an example. Orania is a registered company, giving investors limited control in the registered landmass area belonging to them. Orania is however still very much under the jurisdiction of the South African government and does not, nor ever will have, sovereign independence. Were the EFF to motivate their masses to settle in the vicinity of Orania it could quickly change to an EFF controlled municipality and ward. Thus, the term 'self-determination' as used by some political parties is highly misleading to minority groups of SA.
What is the ULA’s understanding of self-determination?
Combine all these thoughts into one idea to derive the full, intended meaning of the ULA’s process:
- Acting in the interests of the diverse, beleaguered minority groups of the existing Republic of South Africa
- Withdrawal of these groups from the existing Republic of South Africa and its corrupt, racist government
- Declaration of Independence (the act of secession)
- The creation of a new, independent state for the South African minorities, where absolute sovereignty will accord these minorities the power to make their own decisions and decide for themselves how they will be governed.
- Total autonomy for the minorities in their own sovereign environment, divorced from the current, majority-ruled, culturally and racially biased dispensation
- A two-state solution to the current dilemma, whereby the united minorities are granted control of their ethnic and cultural homelands and the majority retain control over theirs. For the purpose of discussion and action, the ULA currently refers to the envisioned new minority state as Hartland. This will be revised by democratic process upon the legal formation of this state.
Make sure you follow the ULA who means what they say…