- King Khoebaha Calvin Cornelius III has informed President Cyril Ramaphosa that the Cape has seceded from the rest of South Africa
- In a video, King Cornelius asks Ramaphosa to afford the Khoisan kingdom the same respect which he has given to the Zulu King
- King Cornelius has served an eviction notice on Parliament and declared most of the Western Cape and parts of the Northern Cape are now part of the Sovereign State of Good Hope
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Khoisan King Khoebaha Calvin Cornelius III has informed President Cyril Ramaphosa that the Cape has seceded from the rest of South Africa. In a statement released by King Cornelius, he informed Ramaphosa that the secession had been enacted on Monday morning.
In a video, King Cornelius says he had through a legal and legitimate tribal process enacted the secession of the Cape which would henceforth be known as the Sovereign State of Good Hope (SSGH). In the video, King Cornelius asks Ramaphosa to afford his kingship the same respect which the Zulu King receives.
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The new ‘country’ is made up of most of the Western Cape and takes in parts southern parts of the Northern Cape and ends at the Fish River to the east.
Briefly.co.za gathered that the Republic of South Africa’s Parliament (which is based in Cape Town) has been served with an eviction notice and been given until Friday to vacate the historic buildings. King Cornelius also took down the South African flag in Cape Town and raised his own new flag at the entrance to Parliament.
Citizen.co.za reported that the video statement of King Cornelius’ secession announcement is filled with tongue in cheek moments and jokes. The letter which was served to Parliament reads as follows:
“This is to officially inform you of the decision of the King and the Khoisan people to secede from South Africa.
“You were given notice of our secession as well as our declaration based on the principle of self-determination and independence to establish the Sovereign State of Good Hope.
“This letter is to draw your attention to the fact that you have been duly notified of our secession and declaration of independence, and since you have not seen fit to reply, it is an established principle of international law that your non-response may well imply that you not only have been notified but that you have agreed to the terms of our terms of our secession.
“We write to remind you that our secession is based on the fundamentals of International Law and these include:
“1. The Principle Of Self-Determination and
“2. The recognised Principles of International Law that a State may qualify for International Recognition when it meets the criteria of a permanent population-defined territory and organised level of governance and the capacity to manage its foreign relations.
The king said the template of how the Baltic states were granted their independence from the former Soviet Union was instructive for how he had now declared his state’s independence.
“Our situation is really no different to this and modern practices clearly affirm this.
“This letter notifies you that we are now asserting the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of the Sovereign State of Good Hope.”
The letter also made it clear that all government official would have to leave the new country within five days or apply for permission to extend their stay from the king.
If these officials provided the proper documentation and valid reasons for remaining in the SSGU they would be registered as ‘aliens’ and would be welcome to stay.
King Cornelius said he hoped to have a peaceful and mutually beneficial relationship with South Africa. He added that the SSGH would adhere to all of the requirements and principles as laid out by the United Nations Charter.
King Cornelius said he hoped and believed that Ramaphosa and his government would respect the charter and the foundation of goodwill upon which this new relationship is built.
The South African government has not made an official response to the Khoisan notice.
While the declaration has some serious notes, much of it is tongue in cheek and it is believed the king wants to use the publicity to draw attention to the plight of the Khoisan people. Few if any expect the secession to be recognised by the government.
The Khoisan people struggled to be given the proper recognition as the first people to have lived on the lands which now form parts of the Western, Northern and Eastern Cape provinces.
Earlier this year Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema agreed that the Khoisan were the first South Africans and that all other groups had come after them.
Malema said black people came from the north and whites from the sea and the Khoisan welcomed everyone to their land.
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