A new book by Taffy and David Shearing, The Rebel Record, is a list of 15,433 Cape colonists who joined the Transvaal and Orange Free State forces as Cape Rebels in the South African War of 1899-1902. It is a book for military historians, genealogists and anybody interested in their family It forms the database of Taffy’s doctoral dissertation at the University of Stellenbosch, entitled The Cape Rebel of the South African War, 1899-1902 in 2004. It consists of three A4 volumes, 983 pages, and has a full list of sources for further research.

In his foreword to this work, Prof Albert Grundlingh of Stellenbosch University said, “Taffy and David Shearing have been exceptional in mining the rich history of the Cape rebels during the war. Theirs have in many ways been a labour of love for fifty years. What is remarkable is their utter devotion to the topic and unflagging attention to detail. These volumes bear testimony to their labours and will serve as the authoritative record of virtually every Cape rebel. It comes highly recommended.”

The list contains full names, addresses, and even voter and ward numbers where possible, in order to identify people who had the same family names. Surrendered rebels and those who were captured under arms were first divided into Class 1 (the leaders who were gaoled) and Class 2 (the followers who were disfranchised). It was in 1901 when Martial Law returned that 32 Cape Rebels were sentenced to death by Military Courts and executed for High Treason under arms, to the horror of their families, who thought the Cape Parliament was protecting them.

For the family historian searching for roots in the South African War, there are no hard and fast rules when searching for records. Many rebel prisoners-of-war gave false addresses, and it was only after many years that these were discovered and the corrections made. This is a must for South African genealogists and military historians. 

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An Excerpt:      

KOTZE, Louis Jacobus. Klein Begin, Kenhardt. Registered in the Prieska Electoral Division as Voter No 760 in Ward 2. Farmer; householder. Joined during March 1900. Tried under The Indemnity and Special Tribunals Act of 1900 at a sitting of the Commission held at Kenhardt on 18-12-1902, case no 81. Disqualified from voting until 18-12-1907. Class 2 rebel. [AG2117; AG2096]

KOTZE, Matthys Greeff. Nieuwefontein, Namaqualand. 22-10-1878 - 31-1-1947. Joined in October 1899. Laid down arms. Sentenced under Proclamation 100 of 1902 at Clanwilliam on 30-6-1902. [AG2116; 1/CWM 1/2/1/1; Photo; ABN]

KOTZE, O. Rietfontein, Brandvlei. Corporal in Schoeman's Commando BAL2 states: 6ft; stout; red hair; very slight red beard and moustache; blotchy face; rough manner; talks a great deal; reads and writes Dutch; fairly well-to-do farmer. [BAL2]

KOTZE, Stephanus Francois. Grootbrakfontein, Namaqualand. Laid down arms. Sentenced under Proclamation 100 of 1902 at Namaqualand. [AG2116]

KOTZE, Taies, FC/sn. Hardtveld, Namaqualand. Joined during September 1901. [AG2097]

KOTZE, Theunis Johannes. Warrenton, Kimberley. Registered in the Kimberley Electoral Division. Tried under The Indemnity and Special Tribunals Act of 1900 at a sitting of the Commission held at Kimberley in default on 25-3-1903, case no 156. Disqualified from voting until 25-3-1908. Class 2 rebel. [AG2117]

KOTZE, Theunis Nicolaas, TG/sn. Willemsrivier, Calvinia. Laid down arms. Sentenced under Proclamation 100 of 1902 at Calvinia. [AG2116]

KOTZE, WHT †. Barkly East. Killed at Twistkraal, Barkly East during March 1902, and buried there. Reinterred in Burghersdorp. [Mon, Burghersdorp; WGB; RS]

KOTZE, Willem Adriaan (Willie) ABO. Van Zyl's Kop, Calvinia. Veld Cornet in Maritz' Commando. Very good shot. Laid down arms. Sentenced under Proclamation 100 of 1902 at Clanwilliam on 11-7-1902. [AG2116; OKO; BO; 1/CWM 1/2/1/1; MR]

KOTZEE (KOETZEE), Dirk Johannes Jacobus Nicolaas. Dekatlong Upper or Rietfontein, Kuruman. Registered in the Vryburg Electoral Division. Tried under The Indemnity and Special Tribunals Act of 1900 at a sitting of the Commission held at Kuruman on 5-12-1902, case no 14. Disqualified from voting until 5-12-1907. Class 2 rebel. [AG2117; AG2096 Part 2]

KOTZEE (KOTZE), Gert Johannes. Hay district. 37. Farmer. Tried under The Indemnity and Special Tribunals Act of 1900 at a sitting of the Special Court held at Kimberley on 2&4-10-1902. Found guilty of High Treason, and sentenced to 1 Years Imprisonment, and fined £150 or a further 6 months imprisonment. Disqualified from voting permanently. Listed as being in the Kimberley Gaol and later transferred to Tokai Gaol. Arrived at Tokai Gaol on 31-10-1902 as prisoner no 208. Amnested 23-3-1903. Convicted Class 1 Rebel. [AG2117; WMBR no 3391/1; TOK 2/16]

KOTZEE, Abel Jacobus. Jacobsval, Vryburg. Voter 632 in Ward 3 in the 1899 Vryburg Voters Roll. Farmer; householder. Joined between 20-10-1899 and 30-4-1900. His name appeared as an absconded rebel in 1900. [AG2097 Part 1; AG2109; AG3500 VR]

KOTZEE, Alwyn Jacobus Johannes. Vredenberg, Malmesbury. Laid down arms. Sentenced under Proclamation 100 of 1902 at Clanwilliam on 28-6/4-7-1902. [AG2116; 1/CWM 1/2/1/1]

KOTZEE, Cornelius Nikolaas. Rietkuil, Calvinia. Laid down arms. Sentenced under Proclamation 100 of 1902 at Clanwilliam on 11-7-1902. [AG2116; 1/CWM 1/2/1/1]

KOTZEE, Dirk Jacobus. Anegas, Namaqualand. Laid down arms. Sentenced under Proclamation 100 of 1902 at Kenhardt. [AG2116]

KOTZEE, Floris. Roodewal, Aliwal North. Voter 447 in Ward 3, Klipspruit. Farmer; householder. [AG2095; CCP 11/1/38 (Aliwal North)]

KOTZEE, Gabriel J. Kantienpoort, Aliwal North. Registered in the Aliwal North Electoral Division as Voter No 1046 in Ward 6. Farmer; householder. Tried under The Indemnity and Special Tribunals Act of 1900 at a sitting of the Commission held at Burghersdorp, in default on 4-5-1903, case no 51. Disqualified from voting until 4-5-1908. Class 2 rebel. [AG2095; AG2117]

KOTZEE, Gabriel J. Mountainview, Aliwal North. Non-voter in Ward 3, Klipspruit. [AG2095]

KOTZEE, Gabriel. Rietpoort, Aliwal North. Non-voter in Ward 2, Buffels Vley. Farmer. [AG2095]

KOTZEE, Gerhardus Dirk. Onbekent, Vryburg. Voter 923 in Ward 5 in the 1899 Vryburg Voters Roll. Farmer; occupier. His name appeared in an undated General Index of alleged rebels as no 777 and as an absconded rebel in 1900. [AG2109; AG2051 Folio 390; AG3500 VR]

KOTZEE, Gerhardus Petrus jnr. Jacobsval, Vryburg. Voter 631 in Ward 3 in the 1899 Vryburg Voters Roll. Farmer; householder. Joined between 20-10-1899 and 30-4-1900. His name appeared as an absconded rebel in 1900 in AG2109, still in the ZAR. [AG2097 Part 1; AG2109; AG3500 VR]

KOTZEE, Gerhardus Petrus snr. Jacobsval, Vryburg. Voter 630 in Ward 3 in the 1899 Vryburg Voters Roll. Farmer; householder. Joined between 20-10-1899 and 30-4-1900. His name appeared in an undated General Index of alleged rebels as no 778 and as an absconded rebel in 1900, still in the ZAR. [AG2097 Part 1; AG2109; AG2051 Folio 390; AG3500 VR]

KOTZEE, Gert Johannes. Blaauwbosch, Gordonia district. 44. Farmer. Gert Johannes Kotzee, Christian George van Schalkwyk, Pieter Jacobus Jacobs, Christian Wilhelm Heinrich Schroder and Barend Jacobus Burger van der Merwe, all from the Gordonia district, formed a committee to carry on the government of Gordonia on behalf of the Republics. Tried under The Indemnity and Special Tribunals Act of 1900 at a sitting of the Special Court held at Kimberley on 25&30-9-1902. Found guilty of High Treason, and sentenced to 6 Months Imprisonment. Disqualified from voting permanently. In the Kimberley Gaol and later transferred to Tokai Gaol on 16-10-1902 as prisoner no 196. Partial amnesty granted 23-3-1903. Convicted Class 1 Rebel. [AG2117; WMBR no 3391/1; AG3404; TOK 2/16; PhD Rebels]

KOTZEE, Gert. Klipplaat, Aliwal North. Voter 439 in Ward 3, Klipspruit. Farmer; householder. [AG2095; CCP 11/1/38 (Aliwal North)]


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