Khoisan leader laid to rest

2012-07-01 07:40

Upington - Khoisan traditional leader, Oom Dawid Kruiper, was buried during a state funeral in Andriesvale in the Kalahari despite concerns from traditional Koisan members on Saturday.

The funeral was attended by about 3 000 people, including Northern Cape government officials, traditional leaders and friends of the Khomani San.

Traditional leaders at the funeral were concerned by governments' intervention.

Paul Swartbooi, a member of the Bondelswarts tribe and cultural activist, said government intervened by taking over the arrangements of the funeral.

Nevertheless, Swartbooi said the funeral was a success as various traditional leaders took over during the service to bury Oom Dawid with the necessary dignity he was supposed to receive. "We took over proceedings in a peaceful and respectable nature. The government delegates obviously did not like this but we are pleased with how the proceedings went."

A member of the Khomani San and friend of Kruiper, Petrus Vaalbooi, addressed the delegates in his own language He reprimanded government for the bad social circumstances of the Khomani San and of empty promises made by government to the Khoi and San communities. Chairperson of the Bushmen Council Andries Steenkamp criticised the state funeral.

  • Steven Trollip - 2012-07-01 07:54

    RIP Oom Dawid!

  • peter.fraser.92754 - 2012-07-01 08:03

    The ANC wants to control everybodys lives, even after death. They are the chosen ones until Jesus arrives. Just remember that in future.

  • Shepherd Kgakala - 2012-07-01 08:06

    why are Khoi people's surnames not in their language?

      angus.stembull - 2012-07-01 08:26

      Clan names abounded before Shepherd. Surnames , middle names and so caled xstian names were forced upon the Khoi

      peter.fraser.92754 - 2012-07-01 08:37

      Hi Shepard, serious now....they did not have surnames originally, not even European names. As they started mingling with van Riebeecks crowd years ago by being used as househelp/slaves etc, they were given names by their masters as the masters could not pronounce the click names.After that they adopted the masters surnames. In some instances the Dutch were very cruel and just gave them surmanes..even if it meant naming them after a ridiculous vegeatable or something...cruel but true. Hence you see the surname Swartbooi in the article which means Black Boy.Vaalbooi means Grey get the drift. Even names like Anna Tamatie(Tomato) and Gert Patat(sweetpotato)are still around. Hope the explanation helps.

      khaya.lopez - 2012-07-01 13:03

      hulle se ''sien eers die spint in jou oog voor jou di bulk in die aner een se oog sien'' look at ur name dis it in ur mother tongue?? we have been given names by the whites for them to be able to pronounce our names, an usully our names refer to an event or an occasion, kruiper in our language is #hanarab will u be able to pronounce it ''NO''... I beleive u wont be able to write ur name in ur own language..

      Shepherd Kgakala - 2012-07-01 17:09

      khaya,i there's a difference between a name

      khaya.lopez - 2012-07-02 07:28

      xae si etse hina sa e a tae xu da.

  • aomtshiselwa - 2012-07-01 09:55

    There must have been lots of Nando,s eats there

  • Danwill Theys - 2012-07-02 05:42

    @diego you are racist and the claims you make here were probably because as a baby you fed on your father.the Khoisan tribe was here and was not created by white and black.yes the colored people might have been a product of apartheid but They too fought for the ANC to come into power(and lost their lives in the struggle).it seems as though you can read so go to a library get some knowledge and stay of daddy's t..................

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