- On Monday, Khoisan King Khoebaha Calvin Cornelius III informed President Cyril Ramaphosa that the Cape had seceded from South Africa
- The new country will be known as The Sovereign State of Good Hope and will compromise of a large swath of land similar in size to the old Cape Province
- King Cornelius said he and the Khoisan people had decided to secede from the Republic of South Africa because of the failures of the ANC-led government
On Tuesday, Khoisan King Khoebaha Calvin Cornelius III informed President Cyril Ramaphosa that the Cape had seceded from South Africa in a quiet and peaceful ceremony which took place on Monday.
King Cornelius released a video statement in which he said he had through a legal and legitimate process seceded his traditional lands from the Republic of South Africa. We take a closer look at what is behind the new Sovereign State of Good Hope.
What is The Sovereign State of Good Hope?
The King said this new country would serve as a homeland to the Khoisan people, who had the rights to the land because they were widely acknowledged as the first residents of what later became South Africa. This new ‘country’ will be known as The Sovereign State of Good Hope (SSGH).
Briefly.co.za gathered that while most experts feel that the Cape secession is a cry for attention to the plight of the Khoisan people rather than a legitimate attempt by the King to split the country. But the King himself has taken the secession very seriously.
King Cornelius even served Parliament with an eviction notice demanding that the property is vacated by Friday. The notice also calls for all South African government officials and employees to leave the SSGH by Friday.
The decision to secede from the Republic is largely based on what King Cornelius calls multiple and continued failures by the ANC-led government to provide sound leadership to the country. The king pointed out that the government was largely to blame for the economic crisis facing South Africa because of years of systemic and ingrained corruption.
The SSGH website revealed that King Cornelius had together with a group of white South Africans come up with the framework for the Cape secession some years ago.
“The plan was simple, that the Khoisan king secedes with the backing of the Afrikaner, white European descendants and Coloureds. And thus a relationship was born and a new hope was given to the four nations to unite under a new country.”
The Khoisan have long held the belief that they should hold the rights to the lands which make up the Cape because they were the original inhabitants and as such, they should be afforded the rights, privileges and respect that comes with being the ‘first people’ of South Africa.
The SSGU proposes its new borders would mirror those of the old Cape Province, this means the SSGU is made up of the Western Cape, Northern Cape and large parts of the Eastern Cape.
King Cornelius is the hereditary leader of the Khoisan people and according to Thesouthafrican.com he can trace his bloodline and therefore legitimacy to reign through a long lineage of Khoisan leaders. He is the recognised head of the Khoisan Nation Royal House.
The South African government has as yet not responded to the secession and by all accounts has decided that the matter is so incredulous that it does not warrant an official response.
King Cornelius, on the other hand, has taken the government’s silence to mean that it has agreed to the terms of the new country. He also noted that the act of Good Hope secession is protected by international law.
So is the SSGU real or just a stunt to draw attention to the plight of the Khoisan people? The answer is complex and probably a mixture of the two.
King Cornelius would obviously dearly love to secede from South Africa and his people genuinely feel that they deserve more respect and recognition as the ‘first people’ of South Africa.
Deep down the king must know that his secession will never be allowed to happen and therefore its likely that this action is as much about drawing attention to the plight and the cause of the Khoisan people as it is about breaking a country into two.
But only time will tell what happens.
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