During the Anglo Boer war those people who lived in the Cape Colony were British subjects. There was a great amount of sympathy amongst the Dutch speaking farmers in the Cape with their kinsmen in the two Boer republics who were fighting a war with the British empire. The Dutch-speaking Cape residents often had family ties to the Boers.
The Second Anglo-Boer War had no sooner commenced with the ultimatum of the Transvaal Republic on 9 October 1899, than Mr Schreiner found himself called upon to deal with the conduct of Cape rebels. The rebels joined the invading forces of President Steyn, whose false assurances Mr Schreiner had offered to an indignant House of Assembly only a few weeks before. The war on the part of the Republics was evidently not to be merely one of self-defence. It was one of aggression and aggrandisement.
Those persons who lived in the Cape Colony and were caught fighting on the Boer's side, faced a trial of treason and many were executed by the British military courts .
There is much documented evidence to glorify the names of those Cape people who paid the ultimate price for their allegiance to their brothers in the TVL and OFS Republics and the Boer cause, and let us not forget them.!
- Petrus Johannes de Villiers Boeregeneraal. 1853-1944
- Kommandant Johannes Cornelius Lötter 1873 - 1901