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A Case for Secession: A Handbook for Self-determination, Freedom, Productivity and Prosperity

By God's grace, this long standing project has finally been completed and is at the printer. And not a moment too soon. With critical national elections in South Africa, coming up 29 May, discussions and arguments concerning devolution, decentralization, provincial powers, autonomy and self determination are heating up in the media.  A Case for Secession is a timely Handbook for Self-determination, Freedom, Productivity and Prosperity. Drawing on over 4 decades, travelling across 42 countries and working in 38 countries, on 4 continents, missionary Dr Peter Hammond, presents eyewitness insights on numerous successful secession movements and presents the Biblical, historic, legal, constitutional, economic and practical case for self determination, secession and independence, with 23 examples of successful secession movements and examples of excellence that can provide a future and a hope for our children and grandchildren in the Cape of Good Hope. The book is 100 pages with 42 pictures and maps and includes: Forewords from Des Palm of CapeXit, Jack Miller of Cape Independence Party and Cuan Elgin District Councillor of Freedom Front Plus and an Introduction by American pastor John Weaver.

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A Handbook for Self-determination, Freedom, Productivity and Prosperity

Power failures! Corruption! Crime! Racial quotas! Economic decline! There are many reasons why a region may choose to secede, to escape from oppression and from the chaos caused by a failed state. Is there hope for the future? Are there solutions for the many crises that confront us? What is secession? What is the Biblical, historic and legal basis for secession? What examples can we learn from history? Why is centralisation always inherently inefficient and counter-productive? Why are decentralisation and privatisation so much better economically? Are there recent contemporary examples of successful secessions? What is involved in secession? What can we practically do to work for self-determination, secession, independence and freedom? Where do we start? Where can we learn more from those who are involved in working for a free and independent Cape of Good Hope?

Cape independence is not just a good idea, it is absolutely essential for survival.

Either we go down with the ANC run SA Titanic or we launch out in a free and independent Cape of Good Hope lifeboat.

“Secession is not revolution.

Secession does not seek to overthrow a government. It seeks to separate and begin a new government.”

John Weaver

Cape Independence Forum

Cape of Good Hope

100 Pages, 42 Pictures and Maps


Introduction by John Weaver


   By Cuan Elgin

   By Del Palm

   By Jack Miller

Secessions in the Bible and History

Eyewitness to Successful Secession Movements

The Right to Self-Determination

Reclaiming our Municipalities

What Can We Practically Do To Work for Secession, Independence and Freedom?

Magna Carta

A Case for Cape Independence

Contact Details: Cape Independence Groups


Endorsements for A Case for Secession

“There are many examples of secession in the Bible and in history. Peter Hammond has done an excellent job in succinctly presenting those examples in this book. Moreover, he has given many other Biblical principles upon which we must base our understanding and be led by the truth of Scripture. It is only truth that will set us free. We must learn to think in Biblical terms—for real, genuine and true freedom is only found in the Lord Jesus Christ and in His Word.

Peter Hammond gives eyewitness accounts to successful secessions as well as explaining and offering practical suggestions and proven methods of accomplishing a peaceful, legal and economically effective secession.”

From the Introduction by Pastor John Weaver of Freedom Baptist Church, Georgia


“This is a cry which has echoed down through the centuries, in various forms: Freedom from slavery. Freedom from oppression. Freedom from exploitation. Freedom from unjust laws and unjust taxes. Freedom from … et cetera.

“It is also a cry which has been expressed in modern times in various “of” forms: Freedom of Speech. Freedom of Association. Freedom of Religion … et cetera.

“Sadly, the reality today is far removed from that ideal. The minorities of this country find themselves not just marginalised, but actively discriminated against by a corrupt, inept and blatantly racist regime. A slew of race-based laws are being enforced, and the Western Cape Province—in particular—finds itself in the unenviable situation where it, as the only province which has managed to remain out of the authoritarian grasp of the current regime in terms of voting, is still subject to its heavy-handed rule.

“The Western Cape Province’s population is made up largely of ethnic minorities, who share much of the same culture, language and ideals—alien to the country at large—and yet, is subject to the same, centralised governance that has brought such poverty, unemployment, mismanagement, corruption and crime, to the country as a whole. Now, even private property is under threat by an avaricious and unjust regime.

“This is a province which is largely self-sufficient in terms of agricultural production, manufacturing and the like, and is a tourism Mecca. The people of the Western Cape wish to free themselves from the shackles which hold them back from true freedom, and in this, they can point to many examples of successful countries which have, in a peaceful, orderly and democratic manner, succeeded in doing exactly that. Is it any wonder then, that the cry of “Freedom!” now echoes louder and louder, in the Western Cape? It is an idea whose time has come.”

From The Foreword by Cuan Elgin, Author of Bulala and Return to the Covenant

“When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus. (Acts 4:13)

“The two words which stand out in this quote are “courage” and “ordinary men”. We often hear people asking “Where will our leader come from” or “Who will lead us in this quest we are on”?

“As an ordinary man, unschooled in politics, I am honoured to be asked to write this Foreword to a book which is much needed, not only to explain examples of secessions worldwide, but also the right of each and every ordinary man and woman to live free of political domination, the erosion of their culture and language, but rather in a state of respect for law and order.

“Being one of the founding directors of CapeXit NPO, I can look back at the blessings we enjoyed, having started the organization in January 2018 with zero members, which today is supported by nearly 830,000 signed mandates in favour of a referendum on the independence of the Western Cape, leading to secession from South Africa. CapeXit NPO, as the largest independence-seeking entity, is a single-goal organization, being the secession of the Western Cape. We are not a political party.

“I fondly remember meeting Dr. Peter Hammond many years ago at a meeting for veterans who served in the SA Defence Force and other services. The humble manner in which he shared his lifelong experiences as a dedicated missionary and also as a participant in secession movements, made a lasting impression on me. The urgencies and challenges of a secession movement often leave one in a state of not knowing which issue must be replied to, or handled, next. Out of his wisdom and experience, Dr. Hammond gave us this one, everlasting bit of advice: “Keep the main thing the main thing”.

“This book takes an in-depth look at the rapidly worsening conditions the ordinary men and women of South Africa have to live with every day. It clearly paints the national government for what it is, a top-down, one-party dominating institution, hell-bent on the destruction of the country on every conceivable level through an uncontrolled spiral of corruption and an ever-increasing disregard for the rights of ordinary people. The author vividly shares his very clear perspective on the dismal realities facing us today, of the minimal chances of the country ever recovering again to be the respected state it once was, yet he also at the same time reinforces the one, singular chance we, as ordinary people, have to save the Western Cape from this sinking ship called South Africa.

“Many detractors have much to say about independence, most from a point of being uninformed, or with a self-inflated image of being an “expert” in such matters. None is better equipped to advise than a man who lived through various secessions, most notably that of South Sudan. In this book Dr. Hammond shares with us the practical experience of someone who can truly say “been there, done that”.

“Not only will this book impart a knowledge of secessions all over the world to you, but it will also bring you to the understanding that it will not be the actions or decisions of political leaders or scholars which will secure the future of our children and grandchildren, but rather your decision as an ordinary person to stand up and become part of the ever-growing group demanding that the will of the people must be heard.

“To me the last four words of my opening quote speak to the aspect of leaders—“… had been with Jesus”. Without faith and completing this journey to secession under the will of God, we will be building our hopes on the sand. Fortunately, when we can progress with His blessing and guidance, we can each become a leader in our daily interactions with our fellow citizens and share the vision of independence.

“God grant us the serenity to accept the things we cannot change, the courage to change the things we can, and the wisdom to know the difference. (Reinhold Niebuhr)”

From the Foreword by Des Palm

Des Palm, Director CapeXit NPO

“With a history much older than most modern nations around the world, there can be no other calling for anyone here with a moral compass than to do everything within one’s power to embrace, protect and preserve everything that makes the Cape what it is.

“The debate is long over with regards to what political and economic environments are required to protect a culture and to allow it, and its people, to flourish. Centralised, socialist, communist systems destroy all they touch. Decentralised, free, grass-roots systems grow and nurture all they touch.

“Those with a compass for truth, eyes for beauty, or a heart for God’s creation, will look upon the Cape as a place so special, that to not do everything possible to protect and preserve it would be to allow that part of oneself to die with it.

“ Dr. Peter Hammond lays out with pristine clarity the ways in which we may save the Cape, and in so doing, a part of ourselves.

“In 1488, Bartholomew Dias named this land “The Cape of Storms”. Like the seasons, history moves in cycles. Now more than 500 years later the clouds are gathered overhead once more.

“With strength in the face of adversity, in honour of those who came before us, and in service to those who will follow, may we return this beloved land to its God-given glory, and all it stands for …… The Cape of Good Hope.”

From the Foreword by Jack Miller, Founder and Leader

Cape Independence Party