Carel Boshoff, 1927 – 2011
Carel Willem Hendrik Boshoff, founder of the Orania settlement in South Africa, passed away from cancer on Wednesday. He was 83.
“After a full and rich life, Carel Boshoff passed on today at noon,” Orania official Jaco Kleynhans said in a statement. The White-Afrikaner-Boer leader had been seriously ill during the past year from cancer and his health deteriorated drastically last month.
Boshoff had a doctorate in Missionary science from the University of Pretoria and served as Secretary of Missions for the Dutch Reformed Church, in addition to doing extensive missionary work in Soweto and the old Transvaal Province. He also spoke fluent Northern Sotho, a language in the Bantu family.
Boshoff married his wife Anna, the daughter of Prime Minister Hendrik Frensch Verwoerd in 1954, and together they had 7 children. Anna passed away from a stroke in 2007.
As the founder of Orania, Boshoff challenged the White-Afrikaner-Boer to develop constructive solutions which would ensure their future in Africa. The self-reliance movement that the town represents currently has more than 800 residents.
FF Plus leader Pieter Mulder remembered Boshoff for”his honesty and sincerity as (a) wise leader (being) appreciated and respected by people from all race groups” in a statement.
ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu noted Boshoff’s passing “with regret” and extended condolences to his family.
The ANCYL sent similar regards, adding it was saddened “that he passed away before he could fully embrace the non-racialism brought forth by the democratic government in South Africa,” spokesman Floyd Shivambu said.
Shivambu said that “unlike other right wing forces,” Boshoff was willing to “engage with other people, even those he did not agree with.”
South African president Jacob Zuma visited Orania last September and met with Boshoff. The two were friends for more than 20 years.
In addition to founding Orania in 1990, Boshoff was leader of the Voortrekker movement from 1981-89 chairman of the Afrikaner Broederbond from 1980-83, and chaired the Freedom Front in Northern Cape since 1994.