I wrote and publish an article (in Italian) about Piet Rudolph:
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Piet "Skiet" Rudolph
Piet Rudolph called "Skiet" is a Boer nationalist. An impetuous man, brave and generous, who has dedicated his life to the Boer nation. Although it has been engaged in various political organizations, his approach has always been as fighter, genuine and disinterested, motivated by love for his people.
Piet Rudolph was born in South Africa, the 20 June of the 1937, in a small village called Vischkuil in the district of Springs, in what was the province of Transvaal.
He had been City Councillor in Pretoria for the Herstigte Nasionale Party (HNP) and a member of Konserwatiewe Party (KP). Later he had been a prominent member of Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging (AWB), deputy leader of Boerestaat Party (BSP), a founder and leader of the Orde Boerevolk. Three separate organizations, but not too much.
"To survive no price is too high", this phrase stood out on a banner held up by Piet Rudolph in 1979, while he waiting Terre'Blanche and other AWB’s men outside a court trial for mistreating a professor mocked, and sought to destroy the sacred traditions of the Boer nation. A phrase on a banner, and for him: a way of life.
In 1990, following the legalization of the ANC and the SACP (South African Communist Party) - against which, for years, the Republic of South Africa was fought - many Afrikaner and Boers nationalists started an armed campaign to stop that process now obvious, that the institutions and strong powers were working: the creation of a single macro-state, with all the nations of southern Africa chained together, subjected to a supranational power. A political project supported by the great capital, by international powers and anti-national forces.
Piet Rudolph was one of the protagonists of that period.
On the night of 15th April 1990, he led a group of men in South African Airforce Head Office's armoury in Pretoria to steal a large quantity of weapons, as never was been stolen in South Africa in the past.
The action was claimed by the same Piet Rudolph, who telephoned the Pretoria News and said that war was imminent and the theft was used to arm the Boer commandos.
Other weapons were stolen from military base of Wemmerpan, south of Johannesburg.
Shortly after a bomb exploded at Melrose House in Pretoria, a place where was signed the peace treaty that ended the Second Boer War of Liberation and the existence of the Boer Republics. The message was clear, political, and independence. The Boers did not wanted any race war, they wanted freedom, that the British had taken in 1902 to them. They wanted freedom, and no new masters.
Another bomb flattened the headquarters of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) of Rustenburg, in the then Western Transvaal, the largest organization affiliated to COSATU (largest trade union federation allied with the ANC and South African Communist Party).
In June 1990 Piet Rudolph, produced and distributed a video in which he declared war on the government of the Republic of South Africa, ANC and the SACP (South African Communist Party). Piet Rudolph, sitting at a table marked "Boerestaat", behind the flag of the Zuid Afrikaanse Republiek (Boer Republic in Trasvaal region), was surrounded by four men with ski masks, two of them armed with assault rifles.
Rudolph declared that "was no longer time to talk" and that "is better to die in glory than to live in disgrace." Urged to "avoid like the plague those who say wait for the right moment" because "they will wait until it is too late" and urged "those who talk of fighting and shooting to do so now. All we need is about 500 Boers who are prepared to give their lives on the altar of our ideal to ensure success."
After the call to arms of Rudolph, followed a series of actions across the country. Blown up some offices of the National Party (NP, De Klerk's party in power) and of the ANC; homes belonging to NP’s men; property of Jews who supported the ANC and the idea of a single supra-state in South Africa; a synagogue; two taxi stations; a store frequented by blacks in Kempton Park; the railway line that connected the black township of Tembisa with Kempton Park; the seat of an Afrikaans-language anti-nationalist newspaper; and pro-government Beeld. Occurred even some actions throwing grenades, against blacks in the West Rand. The damage caused by such operations were generally materials.
Some of these actions were carried out by members of the Orde Boerevolk, some by members of AWB, and some by other small cells that past to nationalist armed struggle. Other violent acts, in the same period, was discovered were implemented by the South African police service, as a means to promote the repression of nationalist Boers.
Piet Rudolph lived all this time hunted by South African police, and some newspapers nicknamed him the "Boere-Pimpernel". Moved into dwelling house, hosted by other nationalists. From these places they released press releases and met selected people. In August 1990 he sent a money order of 1,000 Rand to Du Bruyn's wife, for help her while her husband Gert was detained in relation to the explosion at Melrose House.
Piet Rudolph was arrested on 17th September 1990, in Pretoria. His arrest, however, only temporarily halted the Boers armed actions of the nationalists.
Rudolph, in November 1990, applied for bail, confirmed publicly for the first time the existence of Orde Boerevolk, and confermed that is the leader of that organization. Also confirmed that he had participated in a shotgun attack on the British Embassy in Pretoria during February 1990.
In court Rudolfph pleaded for peace as long as this slavery did not lead to the Boer nation, dominated by a black and foreign majority. In this case, said: we "struggle to the death."
The Orde Boerevolk publicly renounced the armed struggle, saying he supports negotiations leading to the creation of an independent Boer state. The waiver led to a rapid release of many fighters, including Piet Rudolph himself. Piet Rudolph never said where he had hidden, or where they had finished the many weapons and explosives stolen from the South African armed forces. Just released was immediately appointed secretary-general of AWB.
Rudolph gave up the post of deputy head of Boerestaat Party and left the Orde Boerevolk, disbanded it. But others members of organization decided to keep it active.
In 1991 he was at the forefront with the AWB during the Battle of Ventersdorp, when the Boer resistance for prevent a meeting of De Klerk, faced the police in firearm shots, and losing three men.
Angry for the lack of agreement with the Inkata Freedom Party (the Party for Zulu independence), Piet Rudolph in 1992 abandoned the AWB. The agreement (a non-aggression pact), had to reassure white voters in the constitutional referendum in '92, leading them to say NO to the end of Apartheid. The fears of the outbreak of a black revolt, and for a racial war, were indeed very high and were the main stimulus to vote YES. The agreement with the Zulu had to dismantle that argument.
Although the current system was opposed by nationalist Boers, NO was to the current process, which could have imprisoned all the nations of South Africa under a single regime.
The exit from AWB, motivated perhaps by too much impulsiveness of Rudolph, put end to an important synergy for independence Boer area. Piet Rudolph, left the AWB, reactivated the Orde Boerevolk, organization that guides today.
On several occasions Piet Rudolph was apprehended by men of the ANC’s regime to court. They charged him for unauthorized demonstration, threats and aggression.
Today it is still committed to his nation, public writings, giving interviews and organizes initiatives.
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