REBELSPOOR, die aanloop, verloop en afloop van die Boereopstand van 1914-15

: Bothma (L.)

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530pp., b/w & colour illus., maps, paperback, Bloemfontein, 2014


LJ Bothma discusses the origins, course and consequences of the Boer Rebellion of 1914-15. He traces the roots of the rebellion back to the British occupation of the Cape in 1795 and sees it effects still operating in the transition to democracy in 1994.

At the start of the First World War, when the Union government was asked by the British Government to send an army to conquer German-South West Africa, a number of high profile Afrikaner figures such as General Koos de la Rey, General Christiaan de Wet, Major J.C. Kemp, Commandant-General C.F. Beyers and Lieutenant-Colonel Manie Maritz opposed the invasion and led a rebellion in the OFS and Transvaal. Prime Minister Botha postponed the invasion of SWA and defeated the rebels.