Orania is an Afrikaans-only South African town located along the banks of the Orange River, in the arid Karoo region of the Northern Cape Province. The trade is gradually moving to other parts of the province.
Oukamp said allowing black people into an all-white church would be violating the “rights of Afrikaans people”. “I am now in a difficult situation. You know that Orania is only for white people, this is why we are here.
The president of the South Africa Union Council of Independent Churches, Archbishop Modiri Patrick Shole, expressed shock that there was still segregation in the body of Christ, 23 years after apartheid ended.
“We don’t discriminate in church because before God we are one – whether white or black. I find it weird that we still have discrimination in the church,” he said.