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Title:The Anglo-Boer War, Natal Afrikaners and issues concerning land
Authors:Wassermann, Johan
Pretorius, FransjohanISNI
Periodical:Historia: amptelike orgaan
Geographic terms:South Africa
Anglo-Boer wars
Abstract:Landownership has always been an emotive and political issue in southern Africa. This was also the case during the Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902), especially in the Klip River County in the Colony of Natal, South Africa. After the successful Boer invasion and subsequent occupation of the area in October 1899, a large number of local Afrikaners, almost all of them British subjects, were coerced into joining the invaders. The challenge facing the Natal government, the Colonial Office, the military and ordinary Natalians was how to punish the Natal Afrikaners guilty of rebellion and high treason. One of the suggested punitive measures was the confiscation of landed property belonging to the rebels. This, however, proved to be unattainable. In the wake of the failure to confiscate the farms of rebels, the issue of how to best manage the land belonging to the local Afrikaners became a tug of war between the military, the Natal government, and other interested parties, whilst the affected Natal Afrikaners desperately tried to cling to their farms. This article investigates the dynamics concerning landed property belonging to Natal Afrikaners suspected of and found guilty of high treason during the Anglo-Boer War. Notes, ref., sum. in English and Afrikaans. [Journal abstract]