oa Alternation - Dutch South African Literature

Volume 5, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1023-1757



The only statue for the Dutch language is situated approximately ten thousand kilometres from the Netherlands and Belgium in Burgersdorp, in the Eastern Cape Province. This is how it came about. The enfranchised voters of Albert, a border district of the Cape Colony with Burgersdorp as its administrative centre, were fervent zealots for the Dutch language. Due to their efforts, amongst other things, Dutch was permitted in the Parliament of the British Cape Colony in 1882, after it had lacked every form of official recognition since 1822. In celebration of this event, a statue for the Dutch language was erected in Burgersdorp in 1893: a marble woman on a granite pedestal. With her right hand's index finger she pointed to a tablet in her left arm on which was written: 'The Victory of the Dutch Language'.

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