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20 February 2015
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BBC reporter:
The path of democracy doesn't run down the main street of the local town. The white right likes to flaunt its flags and guns in the faces of those over whom it has held sway for so long.

(crowd noise)

BBC reporter:
This is a threat, clothed in swastikas and piety, to Mandela's new South Africa. They gather outside the town hall to call on God's help to stop change dead. And swear in a shadow council to take over by force if there are any local concessions to blacks and proclaim their own 'white homeland', the Volksland.


BBC reporter:
It's the politics of bigotry, rooted in the past. The bar-room belligerence of people who can't make war, but can make trouble.

Arnold de Beer:
Mandela has just recently said over his dead body will we have a Volksland. But I am not worried about his body, whether it's dead or alive. I am worried about what I want while I am alive. And if I can't have it while I am alive, I'll die for it.

BBC reporter:
Mr Mandela says: "Look, you know, what's the big problem? You guys actually work with blacks, you have blacks working for you, you grow up with blacks and so on. Why is it so difficult to accept this idea?"

Arnold de Beer:
Well, I live pretty well with my animals as well, my cat and my dog. Everybody else in my house, everybody else who works for me, I have no problem with that. But I am the boss.

BBC reporter:
Do you find it difficult to accept the idea of somebody else being the boss?

Arnold de Beer:
Not if it's a white being my boss. A black will never qualify to be my boss. He's not clever enough to be my boss. They can't think the way I do. They can't think for me. So I am ahead of them anyway. They still have a lot of catching up to do before they reach the stage at where I am.

(Extract from BBC's Panorama programme 11/04/1994)

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