WHEREAS the solemn pact between the People of the Cape Republic, as recorded in the books of Statutes of South Africa, has been continuously violated by the South African Government;
WHEREAS the same government has stepped on and usurped our rights, that it scorned and closed its ears at our addresses, requests, protests and remonstrations against its unconstitutional and unjust intervention in our affairs;
That it has used our incomes without the constitutional assent of the local Legislature, plundered our treasury, ordered the arrest of several of our fellow-citizens, and their setting in chains; sowed alarm, fear and consternation, reddened our soil with the blood of a considerable number of our compatriots;
And understood that we can no longer suffer these reiterated violations of our rights and patiently witness the insults and the multiplied and recent cruelties of the Government of South Africa,
WE, in the name of the people of the Cape Republic, adoring the decree of the divine providence who allows us to overthrow the government which has ignored the reason for which it was created, and allows us to chose the form of government most likely to establish justice, to ensure domestic peace, to provide for common defence, to promote the common good, and to guarantee to us and our posterity the benefits of civil and religious Liberty,
AND for the support of THIS DECLARATION, and the success of the Patriotic cause, that we support, WE, trustful in the protection of the All Mighty and the justice of our conduct, engage by the present, mutually and solemnly together, our lives, our fortunes and our most sacred honour.