oa Historia - Generaal J.B.M. Hertzog as kampvegter vir die Kaapse rebelle, 1902-1903

Volume 35, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0018-229X



General J.B.M. Hertzog as champion of the Cape rebels, 1902.1903. In this article an attempt was made to shed more light on General J.B.M. Hertzog's endeavours to enforce the rights and reinstate the freedom of the Cape rebels in 1902-1903. The Cape government's proclamation, issued after the peace of Vereeniging, which dealt with the conditions of release of the rebels, greatly upset Hertzog. He saw it as a violation of the undertaking on amnesty which the British government had made to the Boer delegates at the peace. Hertzog felt that this was very unjust towards the rebels. Because of his acute sense of justice and fairplay, Hertzog felt obliged to act on their behalf. He therefore registered his serious objection to the Cape authorities against this injustice. Despite the disappointing and even insulting replies which his representations elicited he persevered in his struggle for the rights of the rebels. During Joseph Chamberlain's visit to Bloemfontein in February 1903, Hertzog earnestly -and as it proved, successfully -appealed to him for justice for the rebels. This post-war action taken by Hertzog was certainly an important training-school for the political struggle he was to conduct for the rights and freedom of the Afrikaner in later years.

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