Guardian Liberty Voice had the opportunity to interview Paul Fromm while he on a visit to South Africa. Fromm, a Canadian white nationalist racialist and branded as one of Canada’s most notorious white supremacists, had formed ties with South Africa during the apartheid years. Fromm hosts a radio station on the Storm-front website and sponsors lectures by the white supremacists group. Fromm is a campaigner on behalf of the South African apartheid regime.
Fromm arrived in South Africa two weeks ago on a fact-finding mission to establish if the white minority group is suffering and secluded by the African National Congress (ANC) ruling party. Fromm spent a week in Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal, and four days in Cape Town, meeting with several influential people and visiting white squatter camps. According to Fromm, it was an exhilarating experience and unfortunate for many whites. Fromm received invaluable information from mainly white South Africans who eagerly shared stories of pain and suffering.
Fromm arrived in Johannesburg, Gauteng, on Saturday, May 23 for a five-day visit, and early Sunday morning kicked off the Johannesburg fact-finding mission meeting with Dan Roodt a renowned Afrikaans writer. Roodt, an activist and literary critic, is branded a right-wing reactionary for the vehement anti-ANC essays. Fromm was giving a historical lesson on how the Afrikaans people are truly South Africans.
Roodt explained to Fromm that top government and public sector positions were occupied by the majority black South Africans. In the private sector, large corporations and banks are forced to employ black people to qualify for a decent Black Economic Empowerment Rating. When asked why the unemployment rate of whites is relatively high, Roodt explained that under the apartheid government, Caucasians, who are educated and academically capable were positioned into all government, public and private sectors. With the fall of apartheid, blacks began to quality for top positions thereby forcing whites into the unemployment queue. Today, the majority of whites employed under the old regime do not have work and have difficulty in being hired based on the ANC government affirmative action strategy.
During the conversation between Roodt and Fromm, it was said that blacks are coping with the duties and work taken away from competent whites as a result of the technology available. This technology is considered almost idiot proof as it allows “for not very bright people” to get the job done. The reason for not wanting whites in top positions is so the ANC government to ensure total control of the economy.
Fromm queried why the economic growth declined coupled with the escalating problems the government is currently experiencing. It was said that during 1994 all public sectors, including government departments, were well equipped with reserves for future growth. New employees positioned by the ANC did not have the foresight to plan ahead for the usage of the current resources, including reserves. The diminishing of funds, due to corruption, fraud, and mismanagement, caused departments to fail, and consultants were hired. There was a growing dependence on consultants from international countries to find solutions for a failed structure. Consultancy costs to all government departments is big business, and according to this author, a stupid idea, and an unnecessary expense due to the ANC government not wanting to admit to failure. Roodt said, had the ANC government re-employed the white engineers, professional or experienced people, to rectify the errors of mismanagement and get the work done, it would have averted current problems. Nevertheless, the ANC would rather suffer and hide the error of maladministration than admit there is a need for white expertise in democratic South Africa.
Over the next few days Fromm met ordinary South African people, including a few important dignitaries who gave valuable insight into the plight of the white people in South Africa. The numerous stories told are fearfully painful. Fromm did not have time to visit any black squatter camps to understand the plight of the majority who live in far worse conditions than the white homeless. Fromm, however, did manage to hear a few stories from black South Africans and became aware that poverty, lack of education, housing, and fundamental human rights have never been given to the majority. There are numerous accounts, and Fromm has promised to collate the factual, interesting, scary, and truthful stories so that he can put them into a book about the trip to South Africa. The fact-finding mission according to Fromm urges the need to support the people of South Africa to unite against the pillars of communism and find a solution to the whites only slow genocide.
Interview by Laura Oneale
Photo by Laura Oneale