In 1881 Mr Reitz had, in conjunction with Mr Steyn, come under the influence of a clever German named Borckenhagen, the editor of the Bloemfontein Express.
In the latter part of 1881 a Dutch pastor at the Paarl, a town in western Cape Colony named Du Toit, in a paper called De Patriot, suggested the organization of an Afrikander Bond; in the same year Carl Borckenhagen, a German resident in the Free State, advocated such a bond in his paper, the Bloemfontein Express.
The two actual founders of the Bond party were Mr Borckenhagen, a German who was residing in Bloemf ontein, and Mr Reitz, afterwards state secretary of the Transvaal.
One occurred between Mr Borckenhagen and Cecil Rhodes, the other between Mr Reitz and Mr T.
In the first interview Mr Borckenhagen remarked to Rhodes: " We want a united Africa," and Rhodes replied: " So do I."
Mr Borckenhagen then continued: " There is nothing in the way; we will take you as our leader.