Arthur Kemp is a British national and the owner of Ostara Publications, author of March of the Titans, The Complete History of the White Race, several other books and who was from 2009 to 2011, the foreign affairs spokesperson for the British National Party before resigning from that party.
Early Life and Education
Arthur Kemp was born in the British colony of Southern Rhodesia (now called Zimbabwe) and was educated in South Africa, finishing school in Cape Town in 1979.
His family left Southern Rhodesia and moved to South Africa, where they lived in the small northern Natal town of Hluhluwe, then in the coastal port town of Durban, then in Hillcrest, and briefly in the Orange Free State town of Kroonstad, before returning to Hillcrest.
From there the family moved to Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape, where Arthur Kemp completed his schooling at Westering High School in Linton Grange, except for his penultimate year, when the family moved again to Cape Town. There he compelted his last year of school at Rondebosch Boy’s High School in 1979.
He studied at the University of Cape Town from 1980 to 1984, during which time he was twice elected to the Students’ Representative Council, and started the Moderate Students’ Movement, which was the Cape Town affiliate of the National Student’s Federation.
He completed his degree at the University of South Africa, obtaining a B.A. in Public Administration, Political Science and International Politics.
National Service in the South African Police
In December 1984, Arthur Kemp was conscripted into the South African Police (SAP) as his compulsory national service. After completing basic training at the SAP College in Pretoria, he was stationed in the uniform branch at John Vorster Square, the central and largest police station in Johannesburg.
While there, he was also seconded to the Unit 19 mobile unit, stationed at Bon Accord, north of Pretoria. He also worked at the Office of the District Commandant, Witwatersrand, in an administrative capacity. His period of service ended on 2 January 1989.
Arthur Kemp worked as a journalist at The Citizen newspaper, editor at South African Body Health and Fitness magazine, Die Patriot newspaper. He later worked as a media consultant, public relations professional, risk analysis consultant, retail market analyst, and media analyst.
Political Activism in South Africa
In 1987, Arthur Kemp joined the Conservative Party of South Africa, helping Gay Derby-Lewis in her election in Hillbrow during the 1987 General Election. Based on this interaction, he was offered a position as a journalist with Die Patriot, the newspaper of the Conservative Party.
In that capacity, Arthur Kemp also produced the “Vote No” election newspaper of the 1992 referendum in South Africa. Already by that time, however, he had shifted his political position away from supporting old-style Apartheid, and into Afrikaner Separatism based on the non-domination of other peoples, as detailed in his book The Lie of Apartheid and Other True Stories from Southern Africa.
As a result of this, he was, along with several other members of the Conservative Party, including the party secretary and several Members of Parliament, expelled from the Conservative Party in 1992. The other expellees went on to form the Afrikaner Volkstaat Movement, but Arthur Kemp returned to work at The Citizen newspaper.
The Chris Hani Incident
While working at The Citizen, Arthur Kemp was approached by Gay Derby-Lewis, who was still working at Die Patriot, for the addresses of prominent leftist journalists and politicians in the then ruling National Party and the ANC, for an article she was working on which revealed the discrepancy in their lifestyles and those of the people in whose interests they claimed to be working. The ANC leaders in particular, lived lives of luxury in the rich suburbs while campaigning for the poor in the townships.
This list of addresses–taken from Arthur Kemp’s journalistic contact book, was taken by Gay Derby-Lewis and placed in her working file on the story. Later, it transpired that her husband, Clive Derby-Lewis, removed this list from her file without her knowledge, and handed it to Janus Walusz, a Polish supporter.
Unknown to both Arthur Kemp and Gay Derby-Lewis, Clive Derby-Lewis and Janus Walusz had hatched a plot to try and provoke a civil war in South Africa by assassinating ANC leaders. To achieve this, Clive Derby-Lewis took his wife’s research list, gave it to Janus Walusz. In addition, he provided Walusz with a weapon and a silencer. Walusz assassinated the leader of the ANC’s armed wing, Chris Hani, outside his house in Boksburg, East Rand, on 10 April 1993, but was arrested a short while later.
Walusz made a full confession almost immediately, naming Clive Derby-Lewis as the person who had provided him with the weapon and the silencer. When Clive Derby-Lewis was arrested, he made a full confession, telling the police where he had acquired the list, the pistol, the silencer, and so on.
On the basis of Clive Derby-Lewis’s confession, police then arrested Conservative Party members Faan Venter (who provided the pistol); Lionel du Randt (who carried the pistol to Clive Derby-Lewis); and Keith Darroll (for providing the silencer). In addition, both Gay Derby-Lewis and Arthur Kemp were arrested after Clive Derby-Lewis told the police that they had been the source of the list, which had been found at Janus Walusz’s residence.
Venter provided the police with the name of the person who gave him the pistol–Gene Taylor, who was also arrested. The police took statements from Venter, Du Randt, Darroll, Kemp and Taylor, and then released them all with subpoenas to appear in court when Clive and Gay Derby-Lewis, and Janus Walsuz came to trial. In the interim, the major key witnesses–two eyewitnesses to the shooting–and more than 60 other witnesses were prepared.
In the resulting court case, Gay Derby-Lewis was totally exonerated and acquitted as a result of Arthur Kemp’s evidence (see “Who said What at the Chris Hani Trial,” point 3, “So What Did I Testify to in Court?”).
Despite Arthur Kemp playing a relatively minor role in the matter, and being a minor witness in the entire case (the far more significant witnesses were the eye-witnesses to the murder, the people who provided the weapons and other logistical support, and Gay Derby-Lewis herself), political and personal enemies have continued to claim that Kemp was a “key witness” in the matter. The facts of the case show that the exact opposite is true.
Furthermore, the Southern Poverty Law Center put out a report on Arthur Kemp claiming that he had “fled” South Africa “out of fear of retaliation from the right wing ” for appearing in the Hani Court case. The truth was that Kemp was one of many witnesses, most of whom were also members of the Conservative Party, and that he finally emigrated from South Africa in 2007, fourteen years after the court case. The claim that his departure from South Africa was linked to the court case is therefore completely without foundation.
Emigration to the United Kingdom
After visiting Europe and the US several times from 1996 onwards, including one longer stay in Britain in 1996, Arthur Kemp finally emigrated permanently to the United Kingdom in 2007.
Work with the British National Party
In 2007, Arthur Kemp was appointed full time to work for the British National Party, to build up the party’s website, and then later to simultaneously build up the party’s merchandising arm, Excalibur. Under his management, the BNP website climbed in Alexa web rankings to the 700th most popular website in Britain and to an average of 12,000 in the world (as of June 2009).
After falling out with party leader Nick Griffin over matters relating the latter’s personal conduct, Arthur Kemp resigned all his positions and left the party in 2011.
Arthur Kemp then set up his own publishing house, Ostara Publications, using the imprint of that which he had first used in 1999 for his second book, March of the Titans. Ostara Publications is today one of the largest (in terms of titles produced) publishers of Eurocentric material.
Sources and Links
March of the Titans (Official Website)