oa South African Journal of Cultural History - Langenhoven se laaste dae

Volume 6, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1018-0745



The death of the Afrikaans author C.J. Langenhoven on 15 July 1932 at a relatively early age shocked the whole South Africa. His unexpected death has been linked to his service to his people and his beloved National Party, as one commentator stated. Langenhoven was indeed rather active during his last weeks, and shortly before his death he appeared a few times in the election campaign in Colesberg which was described by one journalist as the 'sternest and most dramatic election in South African politics'. On his way back to his home in Oudtshoorn he fell ill on the train and died a week or so later. His activities during the last few weeks of his life are described in this article.

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