On this day in 1900

On 3 April, 1900, General Cronjé of the Zuid-Afrikaansche Republiek / Transvaal, and around 1000 other Boer POWs departed Cape Town, bound for captivity on St Helena. After his unsuccessful attempt to take Kimberley, and having been completely...

Ridiculous Beeld Article

I was recently made aware of a typically self-pitying and ill-researched article which appeared in an Afrikaans newspaper way back in 1999. Written by the spectacularly ignorant (and now departed) Leopold Scholtz – a typically blinkered Defender...

‘I made him work!’

I was recently made aware of an online discussion featuring one of the more blinkered and ignorant of the True Believers. A character called Pieter Cloete was endeavouring to promote a book he had written – a work so poorly researched[1] that it...

Bursting Bubbles

Every time I am sure I must have encountered the most blinkered and ignorant True Believer of them all, yet another pops up, desperate to claim the title as his own. A fellow going by the name of ‘Melville Lotter’ is the latest in this long and...