oa South African Journal of Cultural History - Die lewe in die Groenpuntkrygsgevangekanmp tydens die Anglo_Boereoorlog, 1899-1902

Volume 10, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1011-3053



Green Point camp in Cape Town was the largest of the four prisoner-of-war camps in South Africa in which Boer prisoners of war were detained during the Anglo-Boer War. The camp, a tent camp, can be considered as the model on which the British based most of the prisoner-of-war camps they later built. At the outset facilities in Green Point fell short. The medical situation especially was deplorable. During 1900, after the British had realised that the war was going to last longer than only a few months, facilities in Green Point camp were expanded considerably. After that, conditions in the camp improved. The facilities in Green Point camp were substantially cut back after May 1901 because the number of prisoners decreased. Prisoners that refused to take the oath of neutrality were sent to camps overseas, and those who did take the oath were sent to concentration camps in the former republics. After peace was concluded in 1902 Green Point's role was reversed. Prisoners of war were then sent there from overseas camps before being sent to camps in their respective districts.

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