Monday, 17 May 2004

May 2004 Edition.


May 2004 edition

At the time of the 1992 South African constitutional referendum the main argument (indeed seemingly the only argument) advanced in favour of voting for the sell-out of the country was that it would mean South Africa could return to international sport. We warned at the time that this would be a very short-term advantage as within a few years White South African sportsmen and sportswomen would have no country to play for.

This prediction has come true quicker than perhaps we thought. Draconian "quota" systems have meant that fewer and fewer qualified White sportsmen have been able to play in traditional White sports. Now comes news that the Springbok badge will shortly be banned from use by the South African rugby team, who were earlier given "special dispensation" to continue using this traditional South African symbol, but who must in future simply use the poofdish protea emblem. Those who voted "Yes" in 1992 simply for sporting reasons are therefore starting to look very very foolish. As far as we are concerned this should be regarded as good news however, for the Springbok badge can now become the sole property of the South African resistance movement.

Meanwhile in Zimbabwe practically all of the White players in the national cricket team have been suspended following a dispute over the political composition of the selection panel. These same players had previously been prepared to prostitute themselves by playing under the Marxist red star symbol of the ZANU-PF regime, yet once their own careers are threatened they suddenly try to make a principled stand. Once again therefore those who placed personal glory in front of principle have ended up with the worst of both worlds.

Now, in spite of all these problems effecting southern African sport, FIFA have decided to choose South Africa as the venue for the 2010 World Cup. Such a decision is surely foolhardy to the point of criminality. South Africa is now universally recognised as the crime capital of the world, HIV/AIDS is rampant, and the very infrastructure of the state collapses on a daily basis. By 2010 South Africa will undoubtedly be a third-world basket-case on the scale of all other sub-Saharan African countries. With 36 nations, mainly from the developed world, competing in the World Cup, all of them bringing large supporter-bases of fans with them, the prospect for 2010 can only be described as apocalyptic. Without doubt crime and mayhem will be beyond the control of the emasculated South African security forces, and will quickly grow out of control. There will be muggings, hotel robberies and even mass riots, and many visiting supporters are bound to die. FIFA should quickly reconsider their idiotic decision therefore. Morocco should not give up hope that the 2010 World Cup will eventually be theirs.



The meeting addressed by Mr. Philip Benwell MBE of the Australian Monarchist League last month proved a great success. The committee room of the House of Lords where it was held overflowed with those who wished to hear him speak, and all were suitably impressed with what he had to say.

In his speech Mr. Benwell stated that the Crown of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland belongs not just to Britain, but to all the 15 Commonwealth realms. The Australian states are united "in one indissoluble Federal Commonwealth under the Crown of the United Kingdom", and Mr. Benwell believes that to subject the Queen and the Crown to an authority, such as the European Constitution, which is totally alien to the other realms, goes against the spirit and the intent of the Statute of Westminster of 1931. The Statute of Westminster specifies that the "British Commonwealth of Nations" is united by a common allegiance to the Crown, and in formally recognising the sovereignty and independence of those nations prohibits the British Parliament from legislating on any matter which will subject the Crown to any authority, save that of the people of the Commonwealth realms in their repective jurisdictions. In 1999 the people of Australia opted to retain their Constitutional Monarchy by an overwhelming majority. It would be totally unjust if, through actions of the British government in relation to the proposed European Constitution, the Crown we all share was undermined and the Australian Constitution accordingly weakened.

Copies of Mr. Benwell's address are available from: The Australian Monarchist League, P.O.Box 1068, Double Bay, New South Wales, 1360, Australia.



The Springbok Club will be most privileged to welcome Sir Robert Peliza, the former Chief Minister of Gibraltar, as Guest of Honour at their annual Empire Day buffet this year. The details of this gathering are as follows :-

Date : Thursday 27th May 2004

Time : 19.00 hrs for 19.30 hrs

Venue : The RED LION (the Upstairs Function Room), 48 Parliament Street, Westminster, London SW1. (This venue is one block away from the Houses of Parliament and Westminster underground station).

Sir Robert "Bob" Peliza was born and bred in Gibraltar, and served as a Major in the Royal Gibraltar Regiment. He was a founding member of the "Integration With Britain Party" which campaigned vigorously to strengthen Gibraltar's British connections and which gained power in 1969. Sir Robert held office as Chief Minister of Gibraltar from 1969 to 1972, and was subsequently elected Speaker of the Gibraltar Parliament. He was knighted for his services to Gibraltar during the 1980s.

A sumptuous array of buffet snacks will be provided at this event, and the cost will be £6.00 per head for Full Members of the Springbok Club, £8.00 per head for Associate Members, and £10.00 per head for non-members. All payments should be made as soon as possible, and sent to: The Springbok Club, BCM SAPAT, London WC1N 3XX. (Payments should be made to "The Springbok Club".)



The Chilterns Branch of the Springbok Club held a get-together last month which was attended by a small but enthusiastic group of supporters. The day finished off with a visit to the famous Hellfire Caves in West Wycombe, where the legendary 18th century "Hellfire Club" held some of their meetings.

The river trip along the Thames by the London (Capital) Branch of the Springbok Club was a far better attended event, and proved to be a most memorable experience. Departing from Richmond the journey took the party all the way to Westminster, where they then visited the famous Sherlock Holmes Pub near Charing Cross. Later on during the evening a group of members moved on to the Springbok Bar in Covent Garden where both the real South African and Rhodesian flags were proudly unfurled - much to the dismay of certain pro-ANC elements present!

The Kent Branch of the Springbok Club will be staging an informal pub-gathering to celebrate the anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo at the King George V pub in Old Brompton, Gillingham, during the evening of Friday 18th June. Fuller details will be given in next month's SCN.

The Northern Ireland Branch of the Springbok Club have also finalised their next meeting for Saturday 26th June. It will be held at the Burnside Orange Hall in Co. Antrim, and the guest speaker will be the Rev. Martin Smyth MP (UUP, Belfast South). Again fuller details will be given in next month's SCN.



Details of the next London Swinton Circle meeting are as follows:-

Date : Tuesday 18th May 2004

Time : 18.45 hrs for 19.00 hrs

Venue : The Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House, Westminster, London SW1 (nearest tube station: Westminster.)

Guest Speaker : The Rev. Martin Smyth MP (UUP, Belfast South.)

Although still a member of the Ulster Unionist Party, Martin Smyth is a firm opponent of the party's current appeasement policy towards SF/IRA, and indeed stood against David Trimble for the leadership of the party in 2000. He will be talking not only about the ongoing battle to prevent the annihilation of the British identity in Ulster, but also about the similar battle against terrorism in Iraq.



The Hon. Ian Douglas Smith, the former Rhodesian Prime Minister, made a trip to the UK earlier this month, when he visited both the Rhodesians Worldwide Kent Branch monthly braai at Chilham, and a special reception arranged in his honour by the Rhodesia Christian Group at the RAF Club in Piccadilly. Members of the Springbok Club were able to attend both these two events and managed to have good personal conversations with the great man. Mr. Smith's remarks, both in these personal conversations and when he addressed the full gatherings were inspirational, particularly his emphasis upon the enduring greatness of the British people, and how they should never lose faith in themselves. Our congratulations are extended both to the Kent Branch of Rhodesians Worldwide and to the Rhodesia Christian Group for organising two such magnificent events.



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In October 2003 THE BATTLE FOR ZIMBABWE was released in South Africa and, within 12 weeks, 70% of the 8000 print run had been sold. Author and journalist Geoff Hill spent three years collecting data from more than a thousand interviews, and assembled more than 4 million words of material which he distilled into a 140,000-word book. Hill, who holds both a Commonwealth Prize and a John Steinbeck award for his writing, is southern Africa correspondent for daily papers in London, Sydney and Washington DC. THE BATTLE FOR ZIMBABWE opens with a short history of the Shona, Ndebele and the Pioneer Column of 1890. It details the history of Rhodesia and carries an extensive biography of Robert Mugabe, including interviews with people who knew him as a child and young adult, but the main research has gone into the post-1980 period, starting with the Gukurahundi massacres by Mugabe's Fifth Brigade and documenting the collapse of Zimbabwe. Hill has spent time with the 2-million Black Zimbabwe exiles in South Africa and the 600,000 in Britain, documenting their harrowing tales of torture and abuse at the hands of the Zimbabwe police, CIO, youth militia and "war vets". The epilogue considers whether the same problems could arise in South Africa and includes interviews with F.W de Klerk and Moeletsi Mbeki (brother of Thabo Mbeki).

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The Springbok Club is now retailing full-sized real South African and Rhodesian flags. They are priced £6.00 each for Full Members of the Springbok Club, £8.00 each for Associate Members and £10.00 each for non-members (please add £1.00 for p.& p.). Payments should be made to "The Springbok Club" and sent to: BCM SAPAT, London WC1N 3XX, UK.



The Springbok Club is now retailing copies of the book "AFRICA PAR ADVENTURE", an anthology of African stories edited by Peter Ward. The book is priced at £14.95 per copy, plus 15% for p.& p. (though copies may be collected at Springbok Club activities for no extra cost.) Payments should be made payable to "The Springbok Club" and forwarded to: BCM SAPAT, London WC1N 3XX, UK.


"WAY OUT OF LINE" by Trisha Jackson is a novel which tells the story of the profound impact that an innocent youthful love affair has on the lives of two young lovers. The plot moves from a cult and a maximum security prison in the US to the savannah grasslands of Mozambique and Zimbabwe - this makes for adventure, suspense and melodrama. Packed with conflict and sexual tension, anyone who loves romance, passion and excitement should enjoy reading this story.

Trisha Jackson was born and grew up in Rhodesia. She immigrated to the USA with her husband and three children in 1990. She and her husband live in a unique, rural community in the Tonto National Forest in the eastern mountains of Arizona.

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"GOVERNMENT BY DECEPTION" by Jan Lamprecht details the disasters of Mugabe's Zimbabwe, and illustrates the similarities between Mugabe's rule and that of Mandela/Mbeki in South Africa. It can be ordered on-line at:


"THE GREAT SOUTH AFRICAN LAND SCANDAL" by Dr. Philip du Toit is a vital piece of work. South Africa can do without many things, but it cannot survive without its farmers. Thirty-five thousand commercial farmers feed 45 million people. Read what has happened to many productive farms which have already been handed over under the government's restitution and redistribution programmes.

It is available priced R150.00 in South Africa from: Jack Loggenberg, TLU/TAU, P.O.Box 91251, Silverton, Pretoria, 0127, Transvaal, South Africa (payments to "TLU/TAU"), or priced £9.95 (+ 15% p.& p.) in the UK from The Springbok Club, BCM SAPAT, London WC1N 3XX (payments to "The Springbok Club").



271 pages, some illustrations. Softback £5.00 including p.& p. (r.r.p. £10.00)

The compelling story of what really happened in a defeated Japan following the end of World War II. Merchant seaman James Mackay, whilst travelling in the east, started to hear stories of massacres and other atrocities committed by Japanese forces, not just against enemy troops, but against innocent civilian populations. His subsequent investigations revealed reluctance amongst Allied governments to discuss these incidents that seemed to amount almost to a cover-up. Why would the Allies want to overlook the crimes of a former enemy, especially when the leadership of another former enemy was being liquidated at Nuremburg? Using his own research, as well as material prepared by Australian Army war crimes investigator Capt. J.G. Goodwin, Mackay exposes the cover-up and names the guilty. Not only were the Japanese keen to sweep the past under the carpet, but the US government of the time also had its own reasons for preserving the political and industrial elite in Japan. A provocative book, which calls into question the morality of US policy towards Japan after WWII.

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"THE BLIGHT OF BLAIRISM" by Francis Bennion is a devastating indictment of the "new" Labour administration. For more details about the book visit:


"KING'S GOLD" by Glenn Macaskill, a former member of the Rhodesian BSA Police, is an adventure novel set in Zimbabwe and South Africa in 1983 and 2000, involving espionage against Mugabe's regime and the exciting quest to unravel the secret of an ancient pricless relic. Considerable historical research makes the work informative and entertaining and current sales show interest by all Southern Africans. Sells at £9.95 plus registered p&p. Contact Glenn at or order on-line at:



The Ocean Rowing Society arranged the Atlantic Rowing Regatta 2004, with 13 official teams rowing from Spain to Barbados. The key word here is official.

Two ex-Rhodesian rowers, Brett Sparrow and Scott Wonenberg, now living in the Canary Islands, got word of the regatta and decided they would participate. For that, they needed a boat for £25,000 and a permit from the regatta, another £8,000. For various reasons they didn't have the money, but to their great delight they were granted a sponsorship from Zimbabwe. They applied to the regatta and ordered the boat - but then things changed in Zimbabwe. Mugabe put a ban on foreign money and the government passed a law saying they could arrest anyone they even suspected of dealing in foreign currency. Only Zimbabwe dollars were to leave Zimbabwe, yet outside of Zimbabwe nobody wanted them. The rowing sponsorship therefore fell through and the boys had no boat.

The regatta started without our guys, but just as they were contemplating the recent turn of events an unbelievable sight unfolded before their eyes. A truck came by the house and unloaded a brand new ocean rowing boat right at their front yard! By some mistake, the order had been delivered without proper payment. Well, Brett and Scott didn't think twice. The regatta had already lasted for two days, but the guys ran to the shore, dropped the boat in the water, and off they were. Their boat "Against All Odds" took off with the speed of light as her highly-motivated crew rowed like hell.

Soon the poor Regatta organizers started to receive annoyed satellite phone calls from the "legal" rowers. Who were these guys, why didn't they have to pay the fee and - worse - they now had the nerve to row past everyone else! Yes, at the time of writing they are in fact targeting the official leading boat!



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We are happy to announce that a supporter has recently made a generous donation which will enable edition No.36 of S.A.PATRIOT-IN-EXILE to be published shortly. Hopefully this will be appearing by the end of June. More details in next month's SCN.



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Limited edition prints available for the first time in the UK.

Set of 5 prints, A4 size, "The Big 5" - Lion, Elephant, Rhino, Leopard & Buffalo. Comes in a beautiful dust cover. £32 for the complete set (inc. p.& p.)

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No.66 : Miss CHRISTINE CLEMENTS of Durban

Christine Clements was the sister of Jean Clements who was featured in the July 2003 SCN. She may now be married, but a former friend is still keen to contact either her or Jean.



The Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force's excellent web-site is a "must view" site for all those who care about the plight of wildlife in today's Zimbabwe. It can be accessed at :-



Jan Lamprecht writes :-

I am desperately looking for a copy of Robert Mugabe's book "Inside the Third Chimurenga". I am battling to find a copy - I've seen photos of the cover, but I want
an actual copy. I don't mind paying for it, but I want the book.

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South African rugby has been a disgrace, not only at player level but more so at management level. The gorilla-like Minister of Sport has done perhaps as much harm as anyone to South African rugby, with his prejudiced views and attitude towards some of the sport's best (White) players.

Yours etc.,

Johan Geelvink, Pretoria, Transvaal




I am now staying permanent here in OZ after it took many months of deciding where I would like to settle. The area where I stay is very safe and I can sleep at night with open windows and no alarms needed. Big difference to Jo'burg isn't it!

Just shocking every time I visit South Africa and see how the local infrastructure is not maintained. The roads are a mess, the town centre looks like an African market with tons of vendors selling stuff next to the road. Hmmm, Africa to the Africans now!

Yours etc.,

FB, Sydney, Australia



Readers will probably recall the name of Tommy Ryden, the "Planet Pluto"-type character from Sweden who was a close confident of the notorious ANC-aligned Arthur Kemp from South Africa. Both Ryden and young Mr. Kemp were instrumental in circulating a number of wicked lies and smears about the Chairman of the Springbok Club a few years ago, the most offensive of which was to claim that he was divorced (he is actually a widower, which makes this lie even more hurtful).

We have recently heard, however, that Mr. Ryden is himself now being sued for divorce by his wife, who has evidently become exasperated by his "Planet Pluto" antics. Now what is it that is said about those who live in glass houses?


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