Commandant Jacobus van Aswegen is a loving father and husband, as well as being a respected Boer-officer during the Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902). Upon hearing that the enemy (the British) are planning a “scorched earth”- policy, he decides to go home and protect his wife and family instead of further participation in the war.

She searched for a home, she searched for love. Confronted by Apartheid and a father who was Minister of censorship. With men like Jack Cope and Andre Brink she found much love, but no home. In his first speech to the South African Parliament Nelson Mandela read her poem “The Dead Child of Nyanga” and addresses her as one of the finest poets of South Africa.


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