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Defending God’s Truth in Church Doctrine and Political History – Renette Vermeulen

(Continued from) 


Everyone should condemn Hitler’s genocidal atrocities, but what about Britain’s holocaust of shame in South Africa?  Queen Victoria annihilated innocent civilians in concentration camps first!  The horrendous death camps, designed purposely to commit genocide on a massive scale, was the direct result of Britain's War Propaganda when they came “to hunt wild boar!” 


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In 1900, after gaining control of the capitals of the Orange Free State and the ZAR, embarrassment mounted for Queen Victoria because her mighty armies, even with the militant assistance of her super powerful allies, could not conquer the great minority of “common” farmers man-to-man on the battlefield.  The British could not tolerate political embarrassment in the world press, as their Empire was so vast, they proudly boasted that “The Sun Never Sets On Britannica!”  To push the Boer commandos into surrendering to their quest of world domination, it became the first time in history that such a great Empire and her Allied Forces warred against another country by abducting the civilians of two Republics, (people of all races, genders and ages,) to detain them under inhumane conditions in concentration camps. 

The third and most cruel stage of Britain’s war on the people of South Africa had begun

Prior to 1900, the terms ‘concentration camp’ and ‘scorched earth’ did not exist.  These terms were first used by the British crown between 1900 and 1902, when they tortured to death thousands upon thousands of people and millions of helpless livestock and horses, plunging the citizens of two Republics in utter poverty, incalculable chaos, and death.   


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The British still have the audacity to defend and euphemize their death camps as “protection against the scorched earth policy,” calling them “voluntary refugee camps.Britain allegedly “protected” civilians who flooded the camps, fleeing from the farms, because they could not support themselves with all the men on the battlefield.”  The British, ‘from the goodness of their hearts,’ then “tried their best to accommodate these desperately poor, homeless people, who were free to leave at any time.” 

Has everyone gone crazy?  Britain scorched the farms, abducted the women, children, old men, servants and their families, and forced them into concentration camps! 

Dr. Kendal Franks reported on the Irene (Pretoria East) Concentration Camp, “In one of the tents there were three families… a total of 14 people, all suffering from measles.”  This only deals with measles as one of the major causes of deaths in the camps, while starvation and every other danger remain excluded.  Measles is a highly contagious, viral disease.  As late as 1980, with the help of global vaccinations, 2.6 million people still died from measles worldwide.  One can only imagine the chaos and suffering, which Britain caused in only this one camp. 

Very suspiciously, no one seems to know where the Irene camp actually was, and, as elsewhere in the country, the awful conditions in this camp are either minimized or forgotten.  The plaque at the memorial garden-cemetery, which is not the original camp site, states that an estimated 5,400 people were detained in the camp.  Because accurate records do not exist, other sources differ. The plaque at the cemetery mentions an estimated 1,041 infants and children and supposedly only 149 adults, who were exhumed and reburied at this terrain some way from where the camp had been.  We can be certain that, because the cemetery is nowhere near the camp site, the death statistics of adults are so low, and deaths among older children are not mentioned, there is a huge cover-up here. 

At first, Emily Hobhouse was not aware of the appalling death rates in the camps.  Of her quest to improve basic hygiene and living conditions, Pakenham says, “…The full realization of the position dawned upon me – it was a death rate such as had never been known except in the times of the Great Plagues…  The whole talk was of death – who died yesterday, who lay dying today, who would be dead tomorrow.” 

What blatant lies did the British conjure up to cover their inhumane disregard for South African citizens, their families and workers; their hard-earned possessions, livelihood and innocent animals and livestock!  Www.bbc.co.uk wrote, “The bad administration of the camps led to poor quality food [and a deliberate lack of clean water, shelter, food,] immense overcrowding, unhygienic conditions, and inadequate medical arrangements.  Civilians suffered terribly…” 

The truth is that the dire conditions in Britain’s concentration camps were not due to ‘bad management’ or ‘a lack of planning.’  Such deliberate misconceptions are huge understatements of the mass starvation and diseases that Britain calculatedly unleashed on the defenseless citizens of the two  Republics. 



It was my son Glen, who brought to my attention that the Turffontein Concentration Camp in the South of Johannesburg, which British sources say, contained about 5,000 people, remains a great enigma to everyone who knows about it and tries to solve the riddle that surrounds it.  That night, I had a dream ‘entitled:’ Interview With A Ghost.  I asked the ghost sitting opposite me, “How long have you been underground?”  Silence.  I tried again, “How many are buried there with you?”  Silence.  “Where are you buried, exactly?’  Silence.  “How did you die?”  Silence.  And so the whole interview went until I woke.  When I told Glen about it, he said, “It seems we will never know what really happened there.” 

The British recorded only 704 deaths at this camp, all neatly buried some five kilometers away across the steep Johannesburg Mountains in Suideroord, no where near Turffontein where the camp used to be.  We might never know exactly how many people were detained in this camp, as circumstances surrounding this camp, (as in all the other camps,) raise the suspicion that real records on deaths at this camp either never existed, or were deliberately destroyed

The British started the Turffontein concentration camp at The Mayfair School, but soon ran out of space.  They relocated the detainees to a wide open space close to the Wemmerpan Lake, a part of which was used for horse racing before the war.  This camp too, was quickly overcrowded with the constant arrival of people, whom Britain had abducted from the farms.  After the war, the British cleaned a portion of this appalling site to restore the Turffontein Race Course.  If they did this to conceal the misery and death they inflicted on thousands of civilians there, beautiful race horses and greedy men quickly helped everyone to forget what crimes Britain had committed on this site. 

What happened in the Turffontein concentration camp was so appalling that the official Johannesburg website wrote, “The barely-known Cornelis Broeksma exposed these conditions - for his effort he was executed by [British] firing squad at the Johannesburg Fort, [30 September 1901.]  [The hero] Cornelis Broeksma was an attorney from Holland, and during the Boer War he practiced in Johannesburg…. He also visited the [Turffontein] concentration camp.  Appalled by what he saw, he started recording the number of deaths.  This information made its way in code to… Amsterdam, but along the way, it got into the hands of the British.  Cornelis Broeksma was arrested, tried for treason, and executed at the Fort.  Cornelis Broeksma was buried at the Fort, but later exhumed and buried at the Braamfontein Cemetery.”   

The British Government callously murdered this brave witness to cover their mass murder at the Turffontein concentration camp!  This proves that the 704 victims buried in Suideroord, kilometers away from Turffontein, is a giant cover-up!   

It seems that conditions in this camp were the worst among all, (seeing that the British even resorted to publically murdering a foreign whistle-blower to cover their crimes there,) which could have resulted in the highest death rate among all the other camps.  Considering the fact that the Wemmerpan Lake was so close to the camp, the inhumane cruelty of the British slowly becomes apparent.  They had absolutely no reason to withhold enough clean drinking and washing water from the detainees in the camp.  Yet, Cornelis Broeksma found that conditions in the camp were abysmal. 

Apparently, out of fear for their lives, no one else noticed that scores of helpless people were dying of diseases and starvation without anyone caring exactly how many there were; how many actually died, and what really became of all the corpses, which had to result from such intentional maltreatment.  The overall death rate among women, infants, children and old men in the camps was at least 34% and higher! 

Mystifyingly, the Turffontein camp was situated not far from the inner city of Johannesburg with its encroaching industrial and surrounding residential areas, right across the street from the redundant Main Reef Gold Mine in Turffontein Road.  Yet, the British had great open spaces surrounding the city where they could have erected such a huge camp. 

During that time, the British began to use this open mine as a landfill site, which now, 117 years later, has grown into an enormous mountain of rubbish towering over the city, covering a huge portion of Turffontein through into Booysens, south of the city centre.  Still, in 1900, the English had miles and miles of open land around the city where they could have started, if they wanted to, not only a concentration camp, but also a landfill site

The open mine was supposedly very convenient in exposing of human and other waste.  An open gold mine is a huge, narrow hole in the ground. No one might ever know what else lays buried there. 

What is even more baffling, is the fact that all the other concentration camps had their cemeteries next to, or at least close to the camp.  However, the only indication that the Turffontein concentration camp ever existed, can be found at the Suideroord memorial, some five kilometers further south, where only 704 casualties were buried.  No details about the camp is recorded there. 

Why would the British escort Afrikaner detainees all the way across the mountains to bury their dead with so much available space surrounding the camp?  If the British did not intend to start another cemetery in or near the city, the Braamfontein cemetery, established in 1888, would have been closer, more convenient to use, and definitely able to accommodate 704 victims from the camp. 

Why would they go to such time-consuming, laborious and expensive lengths to cart the bodies of these victims and their relatives across the mountains?   

Makes no sense at all. Unless, of course, the British deliberately chose this location in Turffontein Road, directly opposite an open, redundant gold mine, to erect a death camp and not merely a concentration camp. 


Below:  Snow in the Springfontein concentration camp where virtually no shelter existed; immensely overcrowded camps; and the tiny corpse of Guysbert Johannes Vermeulen, 12 years old. 



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Above:  The corpse of Francois Michiel Alexander, 16 years old, but looking like that if a six year old boy; a depiction of women being driven to the camps; farmers arriving at their torched homes and ‘scorched’ farms. 


Today, in 2013, one British pound from 1900 is worth R28,626.00 (ZAR). 

What was the royal head of Queen Victoria on her one-pound coin worth in terms of innocent blood during her gold-grabbing, genocidal war between 1999 and 1902? 

Could all the gold of South Africa’s infinitely rich gold mines pay for the life of just one person, callously dispossessed, raped, starved, murdered and unscrupulously discarded somewhere in or on the outstretched fields of this once flourishing country? 

The artist Willem Boshoff stated, “I tried to find a Boer home dating back to that time and failed – there doesn’t seem to be one.  One is also not likely to find any period furniture from that time.  All was burnt up.  A holocaust… totally consumed by fire…  Horses and cattle burnt into a stinking disgrace…” 


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The last two photos are of POW’s at the Madras camp, India, and the Madras camp itself.  My own great-grandfather remained imprisoned for seven years in Ahmednagar camp in Maharashtra, India, until he eventually accepted the pledge of allegiance to the British crown and was allowed to return to South Africa.