penuel mlotshwa, orania

Penuel Mlotshwa has defended his trip to Orania.
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Penuel defends trip to Orania: ‘It’s NOT a whites-only town’ [watch]

Podcaster Penuel Mlotshwa has defended his trip to ‘Afrikaans only’ town Orania amid backlash from the public…

penuel mlotshwa, orania

Penuel Mlotshwa has defended his trip to Orania.
Image via X: @godpenuel

Podcaster Penuel Mlotshwa has defended his decision to visit the town of Orania, located in the Northern Cape.

The media personality recently spent time in the self-sufficient community, which has attracted controversy for being an “Afrikaans only” area.


Earlier this month, Penuel Mlotshwa and a group of friends stopped over at Orania.

The podcaster – who is a paying member of Afrikaans activist NGO Afriforum – was given a tour of the town. The two-day trip included visits to various businesses, including a solar centre.

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In a TikTok Live, Penuel reflected on the trip, which was facilitated by Joost Styrdom, who is the Executive Head of Orania Movement.

He said: “We understand the anger and how polarising a place like Orania us. It is a place not liked by many people, and understandably so

Penuel went on to praise the town’s citizens on working together to “preserve money” within their community.

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In a tweet over the weekend, the YouTuber defended his trip to the town amid social media backlash. He posted: “You’re still NOT getting it! Orania is NOT a whites-only town… it’s an Afrikaner Christians-only town!”.

He continued: “A good counter would be a Zulu Shembe-only town… or a Swati Buddhist-only town. CULTURE. BELIEFS. NOT RACE!.


In May last year, Patriotic Alliance leader Gayton McKenzie also visited Orania.   The purpose of the visit was to meet with local leaders and learn more about the unusual town.

Sharing a lengthy Twitter thread, the PA leader came to the following conclusions:

  • Orania is a white-only town. Black people are not allowed to buy land or stay there. According to leaders, this is a means to “preserve” the Afrikaaner culture
  • The town does not permit any embers of the LGBTQ community to enter the town
  • The population is about 3000 people, and residents thrive on keeping the town clean
  • Orania has its own currency -Ora – and even its own Reserve Bank registered bank. It also has its own flag
  • The town has multiple thriving businesses which employ residents
  • It is self-sufficient, with its own schools, factories, and hospitals.
  • Afrikaans is the only language spoken and taught
  • Despite having a small population, the town has “futuristic” financial practises

Reflecting on the experience, he added: “The saddest part about Orania is that they are doing exactly what we should be doing in SA, which is building infrastructure, technical schools, empowering people, and having dreams.

“I met the leaders of Orania, and they are all very idealistic. Just a pity that it is only for Afrikaners”.