Orania is a community formed by association. Newcomers naturally have to fit in with the existing community, formed over the years by people who have been able to identify with Orania’s aspirations, and who can sustain the demands it poses. The attitude of the community is that everyone who wants to associate with Orania is given a chance, but that time will tell whether that initial intention was seriously intended or not.
Orania’s population is characterized as Afrikaans speaking, Christian and white. There are some who are not Afrikaans-speaking at home, but who do speak Afrikaans in public. Others may only be nominally Christians and not truly live it, but it remains each person’s own responsibility and their own conscience to judge.
Orania came under attack by the MEC for Education in Gauteng in a Tweet on Monday.
This is money used in our country only by people who speak a certain language. They also have their own flag and laws. If you think we will keep quiet you are wrong. This madness must come to end. It’s a betrayal of our call for a truly non racial South Africa. #Orania pic.twitter.com/szTXPwScFi— Panyaza Lesufi (@Lesufi) June 22, 2020
Lesufi said at a ceremony honouring Harry Gwala on Monday that “We understand why that institution was established. It has lived its time now. It’s now that that place must be liberated and all South Africans must be allowed to stay wherever they want to stay. We don’t say we want to stay with them but you can’t have an institution that is established on the basis of language or on the basis of the colour of skin,”.