Ex-Ukip candidate joins group fighting for white ‘independence’ in South Africa weeks after General Election
Jack Sen has signed up to South Africa’s Front Nasionaal and claims ‘blacks and whites can’t live together’ in the ex-apartheid nation.
An ex-Ukip candidate at the General Election is now Britain’s spokesman for a far-right group demanding white ‘independence’ in South Africa.
Jack Sen faced public disgrace when Ukip suspended him days before the election for making alleged anti-semitic remarks to Labour MP Luciana Berger.
The 41-year-old – who polled 6,000 votes in West Lancashire despite the scandal – told the Jewish shadow minister she’d ‘send the £ to Poland/Israel’.
He later launched an attack on Ukip, captured on video, in which he claimed it was ‘in the pockets of Jewish special interest groups’.
Now, just weeks after his defeat, Mr Sen has joined up with South Africa’s Front Nasionaal and claims ‘blacks and whites cant live together’ in the country which abolished white supremacy two decades ago.
The Front Nasionaal’s policies aim to hand ‘independence’ and ‘self-determination’ to Afrikaners, the descendants of Dutch settlers, and people of ‘European descent’ who identify with them.
Nelson Mandela with wife Winnie. Long fight: Nelson Mandela spent 27 years in jail under the apartheid regime
A statement on the party’s website reveals Mr Sen will be trying to form alliances between it and European far-right groups – including the BNP, which he’s also joined.
He told Mirror Online: “Was apartheid better than what there is today? In some ways yes, in some ways no.”
Talking about the high crime rate he said: “We’re talking about women being raped every 10 minutes so one has to find a solution.
“It appears unfortunately in South Africa blacks and whites can’t live together. It’s just not working.”
South Africa spent nearly 50 years under apartheid, where black people were blocked from certain jobs, education and housing under white minority rule.
It took years of protests and sanctions before the system finally ended in the early 1990s, with Nelson Mandela becoming the country’s first fully democratically-elected President.
Luciana BergerControversy: Mr Sen made divisive comments to Labour MP Luciana Berger
But the Front Nasionaal, founded in 2013, now wants to build an independent state within South Africa for Afrikaners and other European-descended groups.
Asked to explain the policy Mr Sen, whose grandfather was Indian and grandmother was an Afrikaner, insisted: “There will be a policy for people who live in this region already.
“It wouldn’t be an exclusively white settlement.”
But asked what would happen to black people in the ‘independent state’, he admitted: “I don’t have any formal decision on what would happen to these people.
“They won’t want people coming in for work and they don’t want the squatters’ camps and townships to remain.”
He claimed most people had ‘no desire to change apartheid’ and ‘moderate blacks in the 1980s were bumped off’.
And he claimed anti-apartheid activists wanted to ‘throw the baby out with the bathwater’ when the racist system was finally abolished in the early 1990s.
Mr Sen insists in Britain he wouldn’t want racial segregation – but would choose immigrants based on how ‘ethnically compatible’ they are.
“We should have a policy that prioritises skill groups and people who are culturally and ethnically compatible,” he said.
Mr Sen, a father-of-one who lives in Lancashire, was suspended from Ukip on May 1 after his Tweets to Ms Berger.
But it was too late to remove him from the ballot on May 7 and he came third in his constituency with 12% of the vote, beating the Greens and Lib Dems.
A Ukip spokesman said last month: “Jack Sen was suspended when we became aware of his views, and has since left the party.”
From The Mirror 30.06.15. Report by Dan Bloom.