Khoisan chief’s ‘spirit’ to return

2013-11-01 00:00

CAPE TOWN — The remains of a Khoisan chief buried in Australia cannot be returned to South Africa.

Spokesperson for the South African Heritage Council Palesa Tladi yesterday said the remains of chief Dawid Stuurman will now, after lots of research and talks with delegates from the Australian government, be returned to South Africa through “spiritual repatriation”.

In 1823, the English government sent the Khoi leader in the Eastern Cape into exile to Australia, after he had escaped several times from Robben Island.

Australian authorities released Stuurman shortly after he arrived in Sydney.

Records show that he died seven years later and that he was was buried in the Denonshire cemetry in February 1830.

Tladi said Sydney’s railway station had since been built over the graveyard and that it would be almost impossible to locate and exhume Stuurman’s grave.

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