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Khoi San Chief Dawid Stuurman’s spirit laid to rest in Hankey

June 25, 2017 1:19 pm

The family of the late Khoi San Chief, Dawid Stuurman, says the traditional ceremony to bring his spirit home is reinforcement of the role played by the Khoi in the rebellion against the British Empire in order to achieve a multi-racial society. His spirit was laid to rest in his home town of Hankey in the Eastern Cape 200 years after his death in Australia. Stuurman, the last Khoi San chief, resisted British colonial rule and was jailed on Robben Island from where he escaped three times before being sent to Australia to serve more jail time.
He died in Sydney in 1830 and is believed to have been buried under the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Efforts to recover his remains were fruitless, forcing authorities to resort to a spiritual repatriation.

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