South African expat speech delivered at GOP meeting | News


The Anderson County Republican Party hosts South African expat Susan Lategen on Monday for its monthly meeting at Evangelistic Temple. Lategen and her family recently moved to Anderson County from South Africa for political reasons and are applying for United States citizenship.

Lategen was telling the story of her family and her plans to move here permanently to members of the GOP when she was invited to speak at the October meeting.

“We were talking about politics and us as South African farmers moving here,” Lategen said. “We came here to find a different life.”

The Lategens are now leasing 1,000 acres in Anderson County for farming and plan to wait about two years before buying the land. During the waiting period, they hope to learn more about internships in the United States and apply for citizenship.

Lategen said he will describe what life was like in South Africa and explain what his family has encountered since coming to the United States. The family brought eight of her children to the US.

“I’m just a housewife who moved here from a farm in Africa who comes to look for what the United States has, which is essentially, for us, how we see how the world is, which is the last type of vestiges in the fight for Liberty. right here,” Lategen said. “That was our big motivator to come here.”

Lategen said that South Africans and Americans share values ​​such as love of family, love of God and love of human life.

Africa was part of the British Empire until the 1960s, but is now governed by a democracy.

The meeting starts at 6:30 pm

The Evangelistic Temple is located at 311 N. Loop 256, in Palestine.

For information about the Anderson County Republican Party, visit


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