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Recommendations for Otjikango or Gross Barmen
Author: Nikolai Mossolow
2nd. edition, Windhoek, Namibia 1993
Softcover, 18x24 cm, 82 pages, 19 bw-photos, 1 map sketch
Jonker Afrikaner was born at Roode Zand (Tulbagh) in the vicinity of the Winterberge in the Cape Province. His father and grandfather were headmen of the Afrikaners, an Oorlam group who had been in contact with Europeans for quite some time already and were familiar with the use of firearms.
Jonker's father, Jager Afrikaner, was gradually driven from his land by the Whites, his livestock dwindled, and eventually he and the few people who remained with him were compelled to enter the service of a white farmer by the name of Pienaar. Jager became their foreman. One day, an argument arose between the Afrikaners and Pienaar over the wages he paid them, and Jager's brother Titus, who happened to have a rifle with him, shot the farmer.
Jager and his followers fled to the Orange River, taking Pienaar's livestock with them. During their stay at the Orange River, the Afrikaners survived by carrying out raids on others. Their plundering took on such proportions that the government of the Cape Colony even offered a reward for Jager's capture, but he was never taken. At the turn of the 19th century, Jager crossed the Orange River and settled at a place called Blydeverwacht or Afrikanerkraal. […]