Monday, March 28, 2011

Constitution of the Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging

I was inspired to do this after spending some time at this site:, which is a fantastic collection of Nazi and East German propaganda. However, I thought I'd do something a little different.

This is the Grondwet (Afrikaans for "Constitution") of the Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging (Afrikaner Resistance Movement), one of which I bought on eBay a few years ago.

It is a 32 page booklet that details the internal functions of the AWB.

I've searched the internet, and I don't believe it is available to read online in English, so I've done a translation myself (using Google Language) and am posting it here for anybody who is interested.

The AWB is a white-supremacist, secessionist organization that was formed in South Africa in the early 1970's by a man named Eugene Terreblanche. Terreblanche felt that the policies of the South African government of the time were much too liberal, and so he formed the AWB to combat the "communist menace"

The AWB gained notoriety in the 1980's when they began a campaign of violence against blacks and white liberals, as well as members of the National Party.

In the early 1990's the AWB began preparing for civil war to oppose the end of Apartheid. To this end they carried out many violent acts, including the use of explosives.

By the early 2000's the AWB had largely disappeared from the mainstream. Many of their members had been promised a revolution, and when that failed to appear, they left. Terreblanche himself spent a few years in jail. He reformed the AWB in 2008, renounced violence and began agitating for a section of land to be a home for white South Africans. Terreblanche was murdered in 2010. The AWB is now led by Steyn van Ronge.

The AWB logo is rather familiar

For more on the AWB, I suggest the documentary films The Leader, His Driver and the Driver's Wife (1991) and His Big White Self (2006). Both films were made by Nick Broomfield. And while not available on DVD in the United States, are available for rent or purchase on iTunes.

Now before you read this, allow me to make a few points:

1. I am currently learning the Afrikaans language. And while I am able to speak and write the language to a significant degree, I still have a long way to go before I am fluent in it. This document is in Afrikaans and translating something like the Grondwet is currently beyond my abilities. So I made use of Google Translate. However, Google Translate was unable to translate the Afrikaans word "kooptasie". The word is related to the Dutch word "kopen" which means "buy", or something to that effect. I searched the internet but was unable to find a direct translation for that word.

2. Articles 29. and 30. are listed in the table of contents, but for some reason are not in the document. There are no pages missing so I have to assume that it was a production error.

3. I rearranged the structure of the sentences in some places to make them easier to read, while at the same time sticking to the exact meaning of the sentence. For instance the direct translation of Article 2.1 (which deals with membership requirements) would read "the age of 16 have achieved". I changed it to read "has achieved the age of sixteen".

4. Lest I be accused of having somehow altered this document, my next post will be the complete text in Afrikaans.

5. There is no copyright notice anywhere in the Grondwet so for right now I am going to assume that it's legal for me to post it here. However if I get an e-mail or a phone call informing me otherwise then I am going to take it down.

6. This one's the most important. I AM NOT A MEMBER OF, NOR AM I AFFILIATED IN ANY WAY WITH THE AWB. I DO NOT SPEAK FOR THEM, NOR DO I SHARE THEIR VIEWS. I am simply posting this to make the information available. And that is all. Do not make the mistake of imagining that because I post this document that I somehow am equated with the views of those who wrote it.

7. If anyone who can speak Afrikaans better than I can, and would like to critique my translation, please feel free to e-mail me. I mostly used Google Languages, but I translated a lot of the words from my own knowledge. I will be posting the Afrikaans text in a day or two, so you will have both versions to compare.

8. There is no date on this document. However I believe it to be from the late 80's or the early 90's because the dedication is written by a man named Piet Rudolph. Rudolph was arrested in the early 90's for hiding weapons he had obtained from the South African military and police. Since that time, I believe he has not associated with the AWB.


To our dear comrades and people, you who quietly build and work on our great freedom ideal:

We are working to build a safe house for our People and families who come to us.

Each building consists of bricks packed together until it is complete, roof on and ready to be occupied and involved.

You and I are those bricks that will keep the quality of our People's House. Our Program of Principles is the plan which we build.

What you now hold in your hands - the Constitution - the trowel with which you plan and brick building to the final glorious end product. Below you can not build. We are builders, not breakers. May your trowel always shine in the turbulence, let the sweat of your labor be considered as a great heritage, and retained by grateful descendants

We will win, we shall win because we want to win!

Piet Rudolph
Head of Organization and Administration



Chapter 1: Name
Sec. 1: Constitution
Sec. 2: Requirements for Membership
Sec. 3: Approval of Members
Sec. 4: Refusal or Termination of Membership by Council Leaders
Sec. 5: Appeals
Sec. 6: Rights and duties of members
Sec. 7: Liability of the final decision

Chapter 2: Civil Councils
Sec. 8: Formation and aggregation of Civil Council
Sec. 9: Number of Civil Councils in the Region
Sec. 10: The Civic Council Leader
Sec. 11: Report of Civic Council Meetings
Sec. 12: Duties and Functions of Civil Councils
Sec. 13: Meetings
Sec. 14: Special Meetings
Sec. 15: Rights of sessions at meetings
Sec. 16: Quorum

Chapter 3: Ward Councils
Sec. 17: Ward Councils

Chapter 4: Regional Councils
Sec. 18: Compositions of Regional Councils
Sec. 19: Authority Area of the Regional Council
Sec. 20: Functions
Sec. 21: Duties
Sec. 22: Reorganization
Sec. 23: Meetings
Sec. 24: Sitting Rights of Meetings
Sec. 25: Quorum
Sec. 26: Appeals
Sec. 27: Dissolution

Chapter 5: Area Councils
Sec. 28: Composition of District Councils
Sec. 29: Authority Area
Sec. 30: Features and Functions

Chapter 6: The Chief Council
Sec. 31: Composition of the Chief Council
Sec. 32: Right of Kooptasie
Sec. 33: Duties and Functions
Sec. 34: Meetings of the Chief Council
Sec. 35: Quorum
Sec. 36: Powers
Sec. 37: Appeal to the Chief Council

Chapter 7: The Executive Council
Sec. 38: The Executive Council
Sec. 39: Compilation
Sec. 40: Functions, duties and powers

Chapter 8: The Great Council
Sec. 41: The Great Council

Chapter 9: The Supreme Council
Sec. 42: The Supreme Council
Sec. 43: Composition of the Supreme Council
Sec. 44: Meetings of the Supreme Council
Sec. 45: Powers of the Supreme Council
Sec. 46: The Legal Personality of the Supreme Council

Chapter 10: The Land Council
Sec. 47: The Land Council
Sec. 48: Purpose and function of the Land Council

Chapter 11: The Chief Leader and the Deputy-Leader
Sec. 49: The Chief Leader and the Deputy-Leader

Chapter 12: Boer Youth
Sec. 50: Boer Youth

Chapter 13: The Boer Woman
Sec. 51: The Boer Woman

Chapter 14: Language
Sec. 52: Language
Sec. 53: Amendment of the Constitution


The constitution regulates the domestic and internal structures and discipline of the AWB. The constitution should not be confused with the AWB’s proposal for the constitution of a free, Christian, Boer, Republican State.

Chapter 1:
The name of the organization is: “The Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging”

The Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging is based on the Program of Principles, Policies, Statement of Intent and Constitution.

Section 1: Composition:
The organization of the Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging (hereinafter called the Movement) is composed as follows:

Members of the Movement
Civil Council Authorities by
Ward Council with Day Authorities
Regional Councils and Committees with Day Authorities
District Councils and Day Authorities
A Council
A Supreme Council
A Deputy-Leader
A Chief-Leader

Article 2: Requirements for membership:
Any white citizen of the Republic of South Africa is allowed as a member of the Movement if he or she:

2.1 Has achieved the age of 16,

2.2 is not a member of a national or foreign organization. With such an organization is also referred to his organization. (If it should such a person his or her membership in such organization to lie down by the General Council may determine). Only after this may such a person be considered as a member of the Movement.

2.3 Unconditionally, and in writing, accepts the Program and Principle of the Movement.

2.4 Is willing to submit themselves to the authority and discipline of the Movement under the Constitution.

2.5 Has completed the prescribed membership application.

(Any white resident of the Republic of South Africa, including non-citizens, who have adopted the Program of Principles and Constitution of the Movement, but who do not qualify for membership in the Movement, may participate in certain activities of the Movement. However, such people do not carry the right to vote in the Movement.)

Section 3: Approval of Members
A person is a member of a Civic Council once their membership is approved and ratified by Executive Council.

Section 4: Refusal or termination of membership
4.1 When applying for membership or at any time thereafter any City, Regional or District Council may advise the Executive Council regarding the desirability of approving a person or the termination of a person’s membership.

4.2 The Executive Council may without any reason:

4.2.1 deny ratification to a person’s membership

4.2.2 Terminate a person’s membership

4.3 The membership of a person who engages in misconduct or incompetence or any act that harms the Movement, may, by any council in Sec. 4.1 above, be suspended, subject to appeal as provided in Sec. 5

4.4 A Member’s membership will automatically expire when such member acts in a manner that is detrimental to the movement.

4.5 A member’s membership will expire automatically when such member is also a member of any organization referred to in Sec. 2.2

4.6 The Executive Board should be notified of any suspension of a member.

Section 5: Appeals
Any person who has had their membership refused or suspended. or whose membership has been terminated or has automatically expired, has the right to appeal to the General Council.

5.1 Appeals must be submitted to the Secretary of the General Council within four (4) calendar weeks after a person receives notice of termination of membership or refusal of membership, whichever case applies.

5.2 Such appeal will be submitted by the Secretary to the Supreme Council for consideration and decision at the first Supreme Council meeting.

5.3 Until an appeal has been considered and decided upon by the Supreme Council , the termination or refusal will be considered as valid.

5.4 Only the Supreme Council has the power to restore membership.

Article 6: Rights and duties of members
6.1 A member may at any meeting of the Council sessions in which he is entitled, enter discussion points for the Council’s proposal.

6.2 Any such debate can point to a simple majority for approval by the Regional Council. Such a decision is then forwarded to the Supreme Council.

6.3 Any such a discussion point mentioned in Sec. 6.2, must be submitted in writing by the Secretary of the Supreme Council, at least one calendar week before the next Supreme Council meeting.

6.4 A Civic Council member is to participate in the activities of the Movement. Absence of two consecutive meetings without permission can lead to expulsion.

6.5 No member shall, on behalf of the Movement, issue a public or press release or make a speech at a public meeting, without the prior approval of the Head Leader or his authorized agent.

6.6 As provided Art.2, women shall have full voting rights in Civic Councils. However, no female member may have authority over any male member.

Article 7: Liability of the final decision by Council Leaders
7.1 All council decisions are by way of majority vote (50% +1) taken of all members present at a meeting.

7.2 A Council Leader has the responsibility of any resolution of its Council.

7.3 Due to the aforementioned responsibilities, a council leader is entitled to any majority decision, pending right of appeal as set out to veto.

7.4 Council Leader is entitled to a minority decided to implement it.

7.5 In case of an equality of votes the Council Leader carries the deciding vote.

7.6 A Council Leader may make an appeal to any majority decision of the Executive Council. Such appeal shall be in writing and within four calendar work done.

7.7 If no appeal is recorded within the said period are recorded, the matter may again be considered.

Chapter 2:

Article 8: Formation and aggregation of Civic Council

8.1 A Civic Council is established by the relevant Regional Council, and convened by the Regional Leader.

8.2. Establishment of a Civic Council is subject to approval of the Regional Council and confirmation by the Executive Council.

8.3 Where a Regional Council still exists, contact the relevant officer of the Executive Council or a member authorized by him to act as convener.

8.4 In cases where there is no Regional Council in the area and where it is practical to set one up, a field secretary or an office-bearer will be sent to the area, a Civic Council will be established as follows:

8.4.1 A Civic Council Leader will be elected at a meeting of the members in the area.

8.4.2 The Civic Council Leader will complete the form for the establishment of Civil Council and address a report to the Executive Board.

8.4.3 Such a Civic Council and the Civic Council Leader, will have the powers and duties of a full fledged Civic Council, once approved by the Executive Board.

8.5 At least seven and not more than fifty (50) functional members form a Civic Council. If the number exceeds 50, secession must take place unless consent is obtained from the of the Executive Board.

8.6 Where at all practicable, Civic Councils should be ranked by occupations and industries.

8.7 A Civic Council consists of a Leader, a Deputy Leader, a Secretary or Secretaries and members.

8.8 The Leader, Deputy Leader, Secretary and such additional members as the Civic Council may determine, will be the management of a Civic Council.

8.9 The Management of a Civic Council may at most be delegated to two members.


8.10.1 the creation of a new Civic Council

8.10.2 the reorganization of an existing Civic Council

8.10.3 after a Civic Council divided the

8.10.44 after two existing Civic Councils for whatever reason are united, the person as Chairman of the gathering act, being the Civic Council Leader or any other official or incumbent, the new members of the Movement who have completed applications for membership, and after such orders given, the gathering constitute present from all persons who are already enrolled members and those who on that occasion for the first time a completed application form. All these people will be called upon to vote for the election of officers at that meeting. If persons are at such meeting whose membership is not approved and it appears that they voted in the election of officers affected, then this election will be considered invalid if the facts are submitted in writing to the Executive Council with fourteen (14) days.

8:11 Once a Civic Council is founded, the Regional Council for that particular region is notified. The Regional Council must then approve the Civic Council.

8.12 The Head Office of the Movement must immediately be notified of the establishment of such a citizens council by way of the prescribed Civic Council Board.

8:13 a Civic Council is regarded as established only after the above information has been received and that at least seven (7) members' membership has been confirmed in terms of Sec. 3. Similarly the performances as in Sec. 8.10.2-8.10.4 reported will be subject to ratification by the Executive Council.

8.14 No official of the Movement may be elected as an office bearer.

8.15 Notwithstanding anything in any of the above items the Executive Board may at any time establish and authorize a Civic Council.

Article 9: Number of Civil Councils in the Region

9.1 The Regional Council will set up as many Civic Councils in a region, as is necessary for the interests of the Movement.

9.2 Where possible there should be a Civic Council set up in each residential or rural area.

Article 10: The Civic Council Leader

10.1 The Civic Council Leader presides at Civic Council meetings

10.2 The Civic Council leader by the members of the Civic Council's office elected by the Regional Council and approved by the Executive Board confirmed.

Article 11: Report an Civic Council Meetings

Within fourteen (14) days after each meeting of the Civic Council, the relevant Regional Council will submit a report of the proceedings by way of a copy of the minutes to the Leader of the Civic Board.

Article 12: Duties and functions of Civil Councils
The duties and functions of Civic Councils are:

12.1 annually after July 1 and August 31 to keep his yearly gatherings where reorganization then occurs.

12.2 To promote the interests of the community in his area, to promote and expand and conscientiously carry out assignments.

12.3 where a Regional Council exists, to submit any funds collected within 14 days directly to the Head Office for payment.

12.4 To complete record keeping of activities and details of its members.

12.5 under Sec. 13, to meet at least once every three months as council. But as many times as deemed necessary under Sec. 14 to come together in the interests of the Movement and its activities.

12.6 when a member is a discussion point proposal for discussion by the General Council as a discussion point for the Regional Council to pay for evaluation and further action.

12.7 To strictly within the borders of the Civic Council, from time to time by the Regional Council, to function.

12.8 To meticulously carry out the functions normally in the various offices involved, and any additional tasks assigned to them.

12.9 For orders to perform multiple councils of authority.

12:10 To act according to his rights, powers and duties under this Constitution.

12:11 For if he would prefer domestic rules, such rules may not conflict with the program of principles, policies or the Constitution of the Movement.

12:12 To link to, assist and provide support where needed at the local level with Boer Youth movement of the AWB. All links remain subject to the working provisions of Sec. 50.

Article 13: Meetings

13.1 All meetings of the Civic Leader Board will be given notice by the secretary.

13.2 The Executive Council, District Council and / or Regional Council may at any time direct that a meeting be convened.

13.3 Subject to the prior approval of the Regional Council, the Civic Council Leader is entitled at any time to convene a meeting where non-members may be present.

Article 14: Special Meetings

1.14 Special meetings of the Civic Council Leader self invested, or upon written request of at least four (4) members or one-third of the members if the Board more than ten members and under Sec. 8.3 exist.

14.2 Such meetings shall, within fourteen (14) days after a Civic Leader Council being requested is held and all members thereof is duly notified.

14.3 A request for such a meeting should be lodged at the Civic Leader Board and must be signed by the members who requested the meeting.

Article 15: Right of sitting at meetings

15.1 The Chief Leader with power of veto, the Deputy Chief Leader, Supreme Council members, designated representatives of the Chief Council and Executive Council, notwithstanding any provision in this constitution shall ipso facto have sitting rights at any meeting of a citizens council.

15.2 Similarly, the Area Leader, Regional Leader or Deputy Leader Region of a particular Regional Council has access to speak on any Civic Council meeting in his region.

Article 16: Quorum

16.1 A majority devoted members of a management is a quorum (50% + 1)

2.16 At a special Civic Council Meeting form four (4) members a quorum.

16.3 In the event of a citizens council by more than fifty (50) members under Sec. 8.5, form a majority (50% +1) of the members of the Civic Council, a quorum.

Chapter 3:

Article 17: Ward Councils

Ward Councils to where we need to exist in each region by the Regional Board compiled.

17.1 Ward Councils are compiled in the same manner as Regional Councils, as in Sec. 18.2 and 18.3.

2.17 Ward Councils reorganize annually between October 1 an October 31 and select the event from its ranks a Ward council leader, a deputy leader and a secretary or Secretaries plus such additional members as the board may deem fit. Reported persons acting as the Executive Committee and is vested with the authority and powers of the Ward Council when Ward Council not sit it.

17.3 The Ward Council is subordinate and accountable to the Regional Council.

17.4 The Regional Council as many of its powers and functions as he may consider necessary to carry Ward Council with the exception of the following:

17.4.1 Selection of a Civic Council

17.4.2 Suspension of a member of the Movement

17.4.3 Termination of a Civic Council

17.5 The Ward Council will meet as often as may be deemed necessary.

17.6 The Ward Council perform work or perform tasks in which the Regional Council, the General Council or the Executive Council assigned to him.

17.7 The Ward Council do so regularly report on its activities to the Regional Council as the relevant Regional Council.

Chapter 4:

Article 18: Composition of Regional Councils

18.1 Where only a Civic Council in a region exists, that form the Civic Council, Regional Council until a representative Regional Council is composed.

18.2 In a region where more than a Civic Council exists (Women Civil Councils included) the Regional Council. They obtain meeting with voting rights.

3.18 Once a second Civic Council in a region is established, the Executive Council ordered the establishment of a Regional Council, with an authorized person as convener.

18.4 The Regional Council elected from among themselves an Executive Committee of the Regional Council consisting of a Regional Leader, a Secretary or Secretary and such additional members as the Regional Council may determine.

18.5 The Executive Committee is vested with the authority and powers of the Regional Council when the Regional Board meeting hold.

18.6 The Executive Committee of the Regional Council may at any time more than two members of the Regional Council in the Executive opt.

18.7 The Executive Committee is empowered to experts from outside the Regional Council's appointed to advise them to use. Such a person shall not vote on the Executive Committee have, nor sitting rights on the Regional Council.

18.8 The Regional Council shall elect from among the female members of the Regional Council, the AWB Street Managers of women members. Such elected Street Managers gain a seat on the Main Board of the Movement (non-voting).

Article 19: Authority Area of the Regional Council

jurisdiction of a Regional Council that area from time to time by a delimitation committee delineated and the Department of Home Affairs as constituency proclaimed. (The boundaries of a region falls with the boundaries of a constituency)
The Executive Council is empowered in exceptional cases and after a reasoned written submission in the context of the regions affected to him made, the authority in a Regional Council conditions.

Article 20: Functions of the Regional Council

The task of the Regional Council includes:

20.1 with the greatest responsibility contribute to the auspices of the Movement

20.2 with determination the message of the Movement for the inhabitants of the region to transfer them to lobby,

20.3 to deal with he Movement's organization in general in the region

20.4 To encourage and coordinate the functions of the Civil Councils and Ward Councils

20.5 to operate as a message carrier of the Movement in the Region

20.6 to give effect to orders of multiple councils.

Article 21: Duties of the Regional Council

The Regional Council approves new Civic Councils deemed by the Executive Council confirmed. Furthermore, the Regional Council:

21.1 The areas of Civic Councils determine,

21.02 to collect and properly record the regular membership lists of Civic Councils,

21.3 All rights and exercise any duties under this Constitution to comply

21.4 properly record all of the Movement's operations in the region, and be accountable to the Executive Board for all actions of the Movement in the Region

5.21 regular fundraising drives undertaken in consultation with the Executive Council and commissioned by the General Council, and such funds are collected as in Sec. 12.3 imposed trade and all decisions of the General Council regarding the region where he is responsible,

21.6 public meetings at which speakers for official consultation with the Executive Council to be arranged.

7.21 domestic draft rules for Civic Councils, submit or offered, will be approved so long as they do not conflict with the provisions of this Constitution.

Article 22: reorganization of the Regional Council

1.22 A Regional Council will reorganize annually between September 1 and 30.

22.2 reorganization takes place as prescribed by Sec. 18.

22.3 Within fourteen (14) days after the reorganization, the Head Office in the prescribed form for the establishment of a Regional Council is notified of such reorganization and the details in due course.

Article 23: Meetings of the Regional Council

23.1 The Regional Council shall meet as often as necessary but at least four times a year.

2.23 Regular meetings are convened by the Regional Leader.

3.23 a Special Meeting to the Regional Leader will be convened if at least one third of Regional Councils submit a request in writing, such a meeting will be held within fourteen (14) days after receiving such a request.

23.4 A Special Meeting of the Regional Council by the Regional Council Leader convened after at least one fifth of the Civil Board members within the region in writing request and within fourteen (14) days after receiving such a request.

23.5 Annual Meeting: A meeting report by way of minutes and attachments (financial report) to the Executive Board are provided.

23.6 The annual meeting will be held as per Sec. 22.1.

Article 24: Sitting Rights of Meetings

The Chief Leader and Deputy Leader to Head veto, Supreme Council members, designated representatives of the Chief Council and Executive Council shall ipso facto sitting rights at the meetings of the Regional Council.

Article 25: Quorum

a simple majority (50% +1) of all members of the Regional Council shall constitute a quorum.

Article 26. Appeal
26.1 An appeal to the Executive Council may be made against any decision of the Regional Council.

26.2 If satisfaction with the Executive Council should be obtained, may appeal by way of a regular point of discussion at the Chief Council shall, for final decision.

Article 27: Dissolution of Regional Councils

A Regional Council may only be suspended by the Executive Council, after which, the Chief Council will either confirm or lift the suspension.

Chapter 5:
Area Councils

Article 28: Composition of District Councils

District Councils are composed as follows:

Executive Committee:

28.1 An area leader - elected by regional leaders and Deputy Leader (with voting rights) or by the Executive Council appointed until the Regional Councils in the area concerned is located. *

2.28 a territorial deputy leader - chosen as above (with voting rights).

28.3 An official Field Secretary of the Chief Council, appointed by the Executive Council (non-voting).

Other members:

28.4 The Regional Leaders and Deputy Leaders of each region (with voting rights).

Chapter 6:

Article 31: Composition of the Chief Council

The Chief Council is composed as follows:

Persons entitled to vote:

31.1 The Chief Leader (with veto vote - Art.7)

31.2 The Deputy Chief Leader

3.31 Chairman of the council

4.31 Regional Leaders or alternates

31.5 Area Leaders

People without voting rights:

31.6 Members of the Executive Council

31.7 Area Secretaries

31. 8 Editor of the official mouthpiece of the Movement

31.9 Leader of the Boer Youth

31.10 Area leaders of the Movement

31.11 Leaders of other special organizations recommended by the Executive Council and confirmed by the Chief Council.

31.12 Chairmen of committees of the council

31.13 Sub-Regional Leaders

31.14 Street Managers

Article 32: Right of Kooptasie

The Chief Council shall have the right at any time to make use of experts recommended by the Executive Council. Such persons acquire non-voting seat.

Article 33: Duties and Functions

The Chief Council is charged with the following duties and functions:

33.1 To determine, based on reports and recommendations of its own members and the Executive Council, the policies, strategy and future plans of the Movement, within the framework of the Constitution and Course of Principles and Policy, and subject to the veto of the Chief Leader.

33.2 To the Executive Board's approval of members, appointment of regional leaders, area leaders and other actions to consider and, if found in order to confirm.

33.3 To supervise the implementation of the respective duties of all the various subordinate bodies and councils

33.4 The management of discussion points of City, Ward, Regional and District Councils

33.5 The expansion of the Movement, this vibrancy to it and to let it grow and thrive in everyday life,

33.6 From time to time matters of public interest to be examined by the Executive Council or committees and the Executive Council to assist in carrying out these duties.

33.7 Election of the Chief Leader by a simple majority. The Chief Leader is elected to office in the Chief Council by a two-thirds majority. In such a case, an acting leader elected for a period not exceeding fourteen days act. Within that period, the acting leader a General Council meeting convened and held at which a new Chief Leader elected.

33.8 Adoption of a Deputy Chief Leader by the Chief Leader announced.

Article 34: Meetings of the Chief Council

All meetings of the Chief Council open with Scripture and prayer.

34.1 The meetings of the Chief Council are convened by the Chief Leader. The Chief Council shall meet at least four times a year. If at least twenty-eight (25) in number or 20% of the members of the Chief Council submit a written request together, a meeting of the Chief Council will be called within fourteen (14) days. Any member of the Chief Council who is absent from a meeting of the Chief Council, without prior permission or without the condoning of the Leader, will be suspended.

34.2 Notice of regular meetings must be in writing and be given within a reasonable time.

34.3 Emergency meetings may be called by telephone.

Article 35: Quorum

A simple majority (50% + 1) of members of the General Council shall form a quorum.

Article 36: Powers

36.1 The Chief Council will decide on pending appeal cases, subject to final approval of the Supreme Council.

36.2 The Chief Council is authorized to enter discussion points and to consider and make a recommendation for final approval by the Supreme Council.

36.3 The Chief Council has the powers enumerated in Sec. 32 and Art. 33.

Section 37: Appeal to the General Council

Any member, office bearer, board or body who objects to any outspread, decision, ruling or regulation, other than that of the Supreme Council or the Chief Leader may appeal to the Chief Council under Art.5.

37.1 All documents to which an appeal relates shall be submitted by the Secretary of the Chief Council , within fourteen (14) days after an appeal is made.

37.2 The Chief Council on an ad hoc legal committee to direct an appeal to consider the powers to take oral evidence recommendations to the Chief Council.

37.3 The Chief Council's decision is subject to final approval by the Supreme Council.


Article 38: The Executive Council

The Executive Council is appointed by the Chief Leader to certain duties to perform in connection with the structure, strategy and functioning of the Movement, which commands will provide and ensure that they are performed, which all actions of the Movement will follow, and the duties of all officers and offices will lay down and monitor. All appointments to the Executive Board subject to ratification by the Chief Council.

Article 39: Composition

The Executive Council is as follows:

39.1 The Chief Leader with veto
39.2 The Deputy Chief Leader of veto in the absence of Chief Leader
39.3 The Chief Secretary
39.4 The Administrative Secretary
39.5 The Financial Secretary
39.6 The Head of Organization
39.7 Persons by the General Leader appointed to specific functions, under Art. 40

Article 40: Functions, Duties and Powers

All actions of the Executive Council are subject to confirmation by the General Council. The functions, duties and powers of the Executive Council are as follows:


40.1 public relations, media relations, advertising and information

40.2 Collection, codifying and storing information

40.3 Coordination of actions and interests of the Movement

40.4 Export of specialized research projects

40.5 Export orders from the General Council (Art. 33)

40.6 The administration of the Head Office and staff management

40.7 The appointment and supervision of general secretaries

40.8 Special Projects

40.9 Determination of fees (Sec. 2.5)

40.10 Reception and administration fees

40.11 Setting up and conducting training programs

40.12 Management and utilization of the movement's funds and the proper accounting thereof.

40.13 To at any time, claim for viewing the financial statements and records of any board, and to submit the findings of any such resulting investigation to the General Council.

40.14 for members to check them in writing of such selection to notify and membership cards to such persons to issue.

40.15 Notification to members of termination of membership (Art.4).

In respect of Civil Councils

40.16 To assist with the establishment of Civil Councils

40.17 Determination of areas where regional councils have not established yet.

40.18 Reception and processing of data from members of Civic Councils.

40.19 Receipt of reports of Civil Councils

40.20 authorizes meetings to investigate where non-members may be present

40.21 Receipt of administrative and financial annual reports

40.22 Sitting rights on Civic Council meetings

In respect of Regional Councils

40.23 Ratification of Regional Leadership Council and Vice-Regional Council Leader

40.24 Commands for Regional Councils to put together

40.25 Grants of up to vote Councils in respect of specific projects

40.26 Receipt of administrative and financial annual reports

40.27 Sitting rights at the Regional Councils

Regarding Ward Councils

40.28 Ratification of Ward Councils

40.29 Assignments and monitoring missions to Ward Councils

In respect of Area Councils

40.30 Ratification of District Councils

40.31 Assignments and monitoring missions to Area Councils

Regarding Chief Council

40.32 Sitting rights without a vote at the Chief Council, except Sec. 31.1 and 31.2

40.33 Presentation of financial statements to a financial committee appointed to hold such authority by the Chief Council.


Article 41: The Great Council

The council is an advisory body of experts appointed by the Chief Leader to the Great Council and Supreme Council, to advise and to assist both councils where appropriate, and for such duties as may be given them by the Great Council and Supreme Council. Members of the council may also provide input on an ad hoc basis, using project teams under the direction of the Executive Council, to investigate delicate and contentious matters.

Chapter 9: The Supreme Council

Section 42: The Supreme Council

42.1 The Supreme Council is the supreme body of the Movement and reserves the right to certain powers and duties to all subordinate bodies.

42.2 until the Supreme Council composed, contact the General Council as the highest speaking organ of the Movement.

Article 43: Composition of the Supreme Council

43.1 The Chief Leader
43.2 The Deputy Chief Leader
43.3 As many members of the Chief Council as the Chief Leader.
43.4 As many members of the council as the Chief Leader.

Article 44: Meetings of the Supreme Council

The Chief Leader may convene meetings of the Supreme Council. Notice of such meetings will be made by the Secretary of the Supreme Council.

44.1 When at least 50 + 1 of the members of the Supreme Council submit written request, a meeting will be convened by the Secretary of the Supreme Council, and all members of the Supreme Council will be informed accordingly. Such meetings must be within seven (7) days after the Secretary of the Supreme Council receives the request.

44.2 Two-thirds of the members of the Supreme Council shall constitute a quorum.

Article 45: Powers of the Supreme Council

45.1 The Chief Leader of the Movement is also ex officio leader of the Supreme Council.

45.2 The appointment of Supreme Council members to portfolios is vested in the Chief Leader.

45.3 The principle of collective responsibility applies in the Supreme Council.

45.4 The responsibility of final decision rests with the Chief Leader (Art.7).

45.5 The Supreme Council may, without stating reasons dissolve any Council or other body of the Movement, other than the General Council, and such a body or board will be reformed.

45.6 The Chief Leader may without giving the reasons, dismiss any member of the Supreme Council from of his office.

45.7 The Supreme Council or a committee constituted for that purpose, that will decide on pending cases of appeal.

45.8 The Supreme Council may direct the Executive Board to investigate the affairs of the Folk Movement.

45.9 The Supreme Council is empowered to organize any special group of the Movement, and such a body will be constantly subject to the authority of the Supreme Council.

45.10 The Supreme Council may form advisory boards to advise them on matters of the Folk.

45.11 The Supreme Council reserves the right to keep confidential such committees and advisory boards, if it is satisfied that it would be in the interests of the Folk.

45.12 The Supreme Council provides annually, at a joint meeting with the General Council, and will report its activities to the members of the Movement by way of a Land Summit, consisting of delegates from all Civic Councils as required under Sec. 47.

45.13 The Supreme Council is empowered to act on behalf of the Movement to use the credit of the Movement, to make loans, to determine whether to charge or to invest in any financial matter.

45.14 Members of the Supreme Council have sitting rights and voting rights at all Council meetings.

Article 46: The Legal Personality of the Movement
46.1 The Legal Personality of the movement is vested in the Supreme Council. By order of the Supreme Council may appoint any eligible person in the motion is legally represented in any court or otherwise.

46.2 The motion to movable and immovable property owned and any further legal action which by law is compatible with legal personality.

46.3 All funds raised are the inalienable property of the Movement. Funds held by Civic Councils and Regional Councils are the property of the Movement and may be claimed by the Supreme Council.

46.4 The financial year of the Movement extends from 1 March to 28 February.


Article 47: The Land Council

The Land Council is convened every year at a time and place as the Supreme Council may determined as follows:

47.1 The Supreme Council, the General Council, Executive Council and delegates from each Regional Council through Civic Bodies (2 delegates per Civic Council).

47.2 Each delegate to the Land Summit, receives a credential of its Civic Council, signed by the Civic Council Leader and secretary, as evidence that he was a legitimate representative of his Council. A member's membership card must be produced if required.

47.3 Notice of such land should be consulted in the official mouthpiece of the Movement published and written notice to all Civic Councils consideration.

Article 48: Purpose and function of the Land Summit

48.1 To make a complete list and description of the activities and achievements of the Movement in the prior year.

48.2 Introducing the nationwide leadership structure.

48.3 The development of close comradeship and motivation of members through speeches and other actions by individuals or groups for the purpose by the Supreme Council.

48. 4 In the subsequent years, to achieve goals and tasks for the Movement in general.


Article 49: The Chief Leader and Deputy Leader of the Head Movement

Any reference in the Constitution to the Chief Leader mutatis mutandis to the Vice-Principal Leader if:

49.1 The Chief Leader for physical reasons at the discretion of the Supreme Council is unable to fulfill his duties to.

49.2 The Deputy Chief Leader of the Chief Leader and / or the Supreme Council is specifically requested to temporarily act as Chief Leader.

Chapter 12: BOER YOUTH

Article 50: Boer Youth

50.1 Boer Youth is youth movement of the AWB.

50.2 The Chief Leader of the Movement is the Chief Leader of Boer Youth.

50.3 The Chief Leader of the Movement has the power to veto any decision or any proposed action by the Boer Youth.

50.4 The Boer Youth Leadership Council (the Authority of Boer Youth) and a delegation of the Boer Youth Leadership Council (appointed under the leadership of the Boer Youth Leader), accompanied by President of Council of Patrons, reports on Boer Youth planning and action to the Chief Leader of the Movement as often as needed or requested by the Chief Leader of the Movement.

Chapter 13: THE BOER WOMAN

Article 51: The Boer Woman

51.1 Members of the Women's Movement are an integral part of the movement.

51.2 Female Members of the Movement are encouraged to speak as Art.8, women Civil Council establishment.

51.3 Where women members of the Movement are organized in Women Civic Councils, they can also be known as The Boer Woman.

51.4 Female Members of Citizen Councils are encouraged to run specific projects such as the following:
- Administration (secretarial)
- Relief and care
- Food distribution
- Mental and physical resilience
- Preparedness
- Fundraising


Article 52: Language

Afrikaans is the official language of the Movement. All internal correspondence and reports of the movement is in Afrikaans.

Article 52: Amendment of the Constitution

The Constitution of the Movement can only be amended, modified or supplemented by the Chief Council.

Compiled and edited by PW Bingle on behalf of the Constitutional Committee of the AWB lithograph version by Wentzel Coetzer Printers and published by Aurora, Mitchell Street, Pretoria.


  1. Can you email me the complete english copy please

  2. Or Afrikaans would be better. I can then in return fully translate to English and return to you.