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Petrus Jacobus "Piet" Joubert

Also Known As: "Genraal Piet Joubert"
Birthplace: Beaufort West, Central Karoo DC, Western Cape, South Africa
Death: Died in Pretoria, Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
Cause of death: Died in the Battle of Pretoria during the ABO
Place of Burial: Volksrust District, South Africa
Immediate Family:

Son of Josua Francois Joubert and Ester Maria Gouws b1c4d1e4f1
Husband of Hendrina Susanna Johanna Botha b5c9d1e1f1g1
Father of Hendrina Susanna Joubert; Josua Francois Joubert; Johannes Petrus Joubert; Esther Maria Susanna du Preez; Petrus Jacobus Joubert and 5 others
Brother of Johannes Petrus Joubert; Jozua Francois Jacobus Joubert; Helena Susanna ''Sara'' Joubert; Ester Maria Joubert; Jacob Marthinus Joubert and 3 others

Occupation: Volksraadlid, (1865) Veldkornet (1855) Voorsitter van die Volksraad, Waarnemende President.
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About Petrus Jacobus "Piet" Joubert

Junie 2015. New interesting book on Piet Joubert and the ABO(W). Oorlog Beeld by Jackie Grobler- Dosent/Lecturer in 'Historiese en Erfenisstudies. It is in Afrikaans- Kommandant-Generaal Petrus Jacobus Joubert is op 20 Jan 1831 in die Karoo, suid oos van Beaufort Wes gebore. Seun van Jozua Francois Joubert en Ester Maria Gouws. Trek saam met hulle tydens die groot Trek. Just a few extracts

  1. 1843 - Pa oorlede in Natal
  2. 1851- Trou Wakkerstroom met Hendrina Johanna Susanna Botha
  3. 1853 Vestig hulle te Wakkerstroom waar hy boer.
  4. 1855 Veldkornet
  5. 1865 Volksraadslid
  6. 1873 Voorsitter van die Volksraad

1875-76 Waarnemende President. ______________________________________________

Petrus Jacobus Joubert (20 January 1834 – 28 March 1900), better known as Piet Joubert was Commandant-General of the South African Republic from 1880 to 1900.

During the first British annexation of the Transvaal, Joubert earned for himself the reputation of a consistent irreconcilable by refusing to hold office under the government, as Paul Kruger and other prominent Boers were doing. Instead of accepting the lucrative post offered him, he took a leading part in creating and directing the agitation which led to the war of 1880-1881, eventually becoming, as commandant-general of the Boer forces, a member of the triumvirate that administered the provisional Boer government set up in December 1880 at Heidelberg.

During the First Boer War, he was in command of the Boer forces at Laings Nek, Ingogo, and Majuba Hill, subsequently conducting the earlier peace negotiations that led to the conclusion of the Pretoria Convention.

He took little part in the negotiations that culminated in the ultimatum sent to Great Britain by Kruger in 1899, and though he immediately assumed nominal command of the operations on the outbreak of hostilities, he gave up to others the chief share in the direction of the war, through his inability or neglect to impose upon them his own will. His cautious nature, which had in early life gained him the sobriquet of Slim Piet (Clever Piet), joined to a lack of determination and assertiveness that characterized his whole career, led him to act mainly on the defensive; and the strategically offensive movements of the Boer forces, such as Elandslaagte and Willow Grange, appear to have been neither planned nor executed by him.

As the war went on, physical weakness led to Jouberts virtual retirement, and, though two days earlier he was still reported as being in supreme command, he died at Pretoria from peritonitis. Sir George White, the defender of Ladysmith, summed up Jouberts character when he called him "a soldier and a gentleman, and a brave and honourable opponent".


Joubert, Petrus Jacobus, kommandant-generaal van die Z.A.R. - 1831: Gebore naby Swartberg, Kaapkolonie, op 20 Januarie. - 1836: Trek sa am met sy ouers onder leiding van Piet Retief. - 1852: Neem deel aan die slag teen Sechele. - 1865: Neem in die Vrystaat deel aan 'n veldtog teen die Basoeto's. - 1866: Hy word gekies as volksraadslid vir Wakker-stroom. - 1875 en 1876: Hy tree as waarnemende president van die Z.A. Republiek op tydens die afwesigheid van president T. F. Burgers. - 1878: Hy vertrek as lid van die tweede deputasie na Engeland om die Britse regering te ooneed om die vryheid van Transvaal terug te gee. - 1880: Gekies as lid van die Driemanskap en benoem tot kommandant-generaal van die Boeremagte, wat hy tot sy dood gebly het. - 1883: Hy word vise-president van die Z.A.R. - 1899: Hy is opperbevelhebber van die Boeremagte wat die suidoosgrens moet verdedig. - 1900: Oorlede op 27 Maart en begrawe op sy plaas, Rustfontein, Wakkerstroom.

Afrikaanse Kinder Ensiklopedie Deel XI 1962

Burger Deaths during the ABO

Surname: JOUBERT


Age: 69


Commando: N/A


Date: 27/03/1900



f1 Petrus Jacobus * Swartberg 20.1.1831 = Swellendam † Pretoria 27.3.1900, kommandantgeneraal, ZAR x Potchefstroom 2.4.1851 Hendrina Johanna Susanna BOTHA * 27.9.1830 † 8.9.1916 (sien SABW I en B. Cilliers: Genealogieë van die Afrikaner families in Natal)

g1 Hendrina Susanna * Marico 12.2.1852 † 5.9.1859

g2 Josua Francois * 20.9.1854 = Bloemfontein 10.1.1856

g3 Johannes Petrus * 20.9.1857 = Wakkerstroom (deur ds. Van der Hof) † 29.9.1863

g4 Esther Maria Susanna * 14.12.1860

g5 Petrus Jacobus * 5.9.1862

g6 Hendrina Susanna Johanna * 11.8.1864

g7 Maria Elizabeth * 5.7.1868 † 5.1.1870

g8 Jan Abraham * 12.2.1872 † 5.3.1924 x Margaretha Magdalena MALAN * 4.2.1878 † 3.3.1946 d.v. David Johannes Malan en Maria Magdalena Cillie

Gen Piet Joubert

Genl. Piet Joubert (Petrus Jacobus Joubert) was kommandant-generaal van die Zuid-Afrikaansche Republiek.

Joubert is op 20 Januarie 1831 naby Prins Albert in die Kaapprovinsie gebore. In 1836 trek hy saam met sy gesin onder leiding van Piet Retief. In 1852 neem hy deel aan die slag teen Sechele en 13 jaar later in die Vrystaat aan 'n veldtog teen die Basoeto's.

In 1865 word hy verkies tot lid van die Z.A.R. se Volksraad vir Wakkerstroom en in 1875 en 1876 tree hy op as waarnemende president van die Republiek op tydens president T.F. Burgers se afwesigheid. Hy vertrek in 1878 as lid van die twee deputasie na Engeland om die Britse regering te probeer oorreed om die vryheid van die Transvaal terug te gee.

Generaal Piet Joubert was Kommandant-generaal van die Suid-Afrikaanse Republiek (Transvaal) en die tweede lid van die Driemanskap. Tydens President T F Burgers se besoek aan Europa in 1876 neem hy as staatspresident waar. Saam met Paul Kruger is hy een van die onderhandelaars met die Britse regering oor hulle verbreking van die Sandrivier-Konvensie en om te protesteer teen die Britse anneksasie. As vredeliewende mens word hy teen sy sin as opperbevelvoerder van die Boeremagte gekies. Tog aanvaar hy die pos en verrig sy taak met besondere militêre vernuf. . Joubert is in 1880 gekies as lid van die Driemanskap en benoem tot kommandant-generaal van die Boeremagte, wat hy dan ook tot sy dood bly. In 1883 word hy vise-president van die Z.A.R. en in 1899 opperbevelvoerder van die Boeremagte wat die suidoosgrens moet verdedig. Hy sterf die volgende jaar op 27 Maart en word begrawe op sy plaas, Rustfontein, distrik Wakkerstroom.

Gen Joubert het aan verskeie veldslae deelgeneem, maar die vernaamste was seker die slag van Majuba.

Mev Hendrina Joubert wat haar man in die Boerekamp besoek het, was een van die eerste persone wat met sonop op Sondagmôre, 27 Februarie, die Britte op die kruin van Majuba opgemerk het. (Lees geerus daaroor op die veldslae blad.) Wat egter interrisant is, iss dat na die geveg het Gen Joubert sy vyand, Colley, se lyk na sy eie huis laat neem en dit daar geehou totdat die Britte dit kom afhaal het. Hy het ook die volgende telegraaf gestuur:

Telegram van Gen Piet Joubert aan Lady Colley.

“Regret extremely sad the fate of Colonel Colley, who fell in action at one ‘o clock, February 27, in attempting to hold mountain fortress forming right of Boer position. Regret he should have fallen in a war, the outcome of a policy which he had not caused; also that he should fall in such an unprovoked and unholy war against the Boer people struggling for freedom. Can only aid you in your sorrow by giving every facility for the removal of the corpse of your gallant husband.

DIT in my oë is menslikheid.

Die Stad Pietersburg asook Joubertpark in Johannesburg is na hom vernoem.

Na Pres Paaul Kruger was Gen Joubert die mees populêre persoon in Suid Afrika.

The Evening Democrat - Warren, Pennsylvania - Mar 28 1900 The Evening Democrat - Warren, Pennsylvania - Mar 28 1900 Newspaper Archive WOW Text: "...At this critical juncture it the report is true his death will be an ble loss to the Boer interests Petrus 1 Joubert was born in 1833 and from his childhood conceived a and distrust tor the British that 20 officers ... able to give you the old prices on most lines of goods Our Dispatch Says Gallant manner Passed Away IS A GREAT LOSS SECRETARY DAIVIS Returns From the Denies Visit Was Important Special to the Democrat ... to the Democrat London March dispatch from Lorenzo General chiol of the Boer is dead No details aro given There have been numerous reports from time to time stating that Joubert was wounded to the death ... been buried Otherwise theie is no confirmation ot the re- port Special Inducement To Buyers This Present Stock To Reduce Our You the work ot a dollar at our store..." Date: Mar 28 1900 Publication: Warren, Pennsylvania, United States Of America

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Petrus Jacobus "Piet" Joubert's Timeline

January 20, 1831
Beaufort West, Central Karoo DC, Western Cape, South Africa
February 12, 1852
Age 21
September 20, 1854
Age 23
September 20, 1857
Age 26
December 14, 1860
Age 29
September 5, 1862
Age 31
August 11, 1864
Age 33
July 5, 1868
Age 37
February 12, 1872
Age 41