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Nicolaas Pieter Johannes ("Niklaas" or "Siener") Janse van Rensburg (30 August 1864 – 11 March 1926) was a Boer from the South African Republic - also known as the Transvaal Republic - and later a citizen of South Africa who was considered by some to be a prophet of the Boere (who are the smaller section of the language based macro group which became known as Afrikaners). Consequently his nickname became Siener, which is Afrikaans for "seer" or "soothsayer". His seemingly accurate predictions of future events were typically wrapped in a patriotic, religious format. During the Boer War he soon acquired a reputation which made him a trusted companion, if not advisor to General de la Rey and President Steyn. The true extent of his influence with these figures is disputed, though the very religious de la Rey seemed to have considered him a prophet of God

THE BOER PROPHET By Cuan Elgin in The Anglo-Boer War (The South African War) - 1899 - 1902 Nicholaas Pieter Johannes Janse “Siener” (“seer” or “prophet”) van Rensburg (1864-1926) had a bushy black beard and piercing blue eyes, and though he was a man small in stature, he was mighty in spirit. The only book he ever read was his Bible: for he believed that other books or newspapers were worldly things and did not spiritually enhance a person.   Although he was brought up on a farm, he was not able to bear the sight of an animal being slaughtered, and he forswore all form of violence. Despite this, he rode with the Boer commando of General De la Rey throughout the war, and was always on the frontlines—but never once carried a rifle, or fired a shot. It was said that his general too, never personally fired a shot at his enemy.   Time and again, Siener van Rensburg would warn his beloved General De la Rey of the approach of enemy forces, and thus enable their Lichtenburg commando to make good their escape. Van Rensburg was constantly given to “disturbing visions” and would often prophesy concerning the outcome of battles—and he was never proved wrong in his predictions.    The visions seemed to exhaust and trouble him; yet he resignedly accepted his lot as a prophet of the Lord. He was much revered, and a prophet “not without honor in his own country.”  So confident were the ordinary men of the commando, as was General De la Rey himself, in the accuracy of “Seer” van Rensburg’s predictions that they often did not even bother to post sentries, if Siener had told them that his vision revealed that no enemy troops were coming that particular night!    In the early stages of the SECOND ANGLO-BOER WAR, when no-one (except this seer) could have predicted that the British would employ such barbaric methods, he saw a vision of his commando entering caves beyond Pretoria. Behind them came great crowds of Boer women and children, fleeing from their burning houses. He saw great devastation and misery: the destruction of his Boer nation. This chilling prophecy came to fruition through the British “scorched earth” policy of destroying Boer crops, farms, and homesteads in the latter stages of the war.   The Boer prophet also apparently predicted a “Night of the Long Knives”  wherein blacks would attack whites in the aftermath of the demise of "a great black leader" whom some have interpreted as meaning, Nelson Mandela.    He also “saw” this “great black leader” lying in state in a “glass coffin” viewed by the leaders of the world. Some believe that this “glass coffin” had already been manufactured well in advance of that event. Siener predicted that the Boers would, in a backlash against the attacks on their people, then “take back their land”.

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August 30, 1864
Ottosdal, Ngaka Modiri Molema, North West, South Africa
September 21, 1885
Age 21
September 7, 1887
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August 4, 1889
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October 8, 1891
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June 21, 1894
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August 26, 1896
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May 16, 1898
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April 9, 1902
Age 37