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Govt to honour 'feminist' Khoisan princess Krotoa with statue

Government is expected to unveil a monument at Cape Town's Castle of Good Hope on Friday, to honour the life of Krotoa‚ a Khoi woman who served as a translator between her indigenous people and Dutch settlers.

There will also be a symbolic ceremony to repatriate Krotoa’s spirit and mark the Castle of Good Hope's 350th year of existence.

South African author Max du Preez has hailed Krotoa as an extraordinary figure and remarkable woman in the country's history.

Krotoa was the niece of a Khoi chief who mediated between between the Dutch, English and Portuguese before Jan van Riebeeck came to colonise South Africa in 1652.

Later, she worked for van Riebeeck as a hands-on interpreter, trading agent and negotiator before marrying a Danish surgeon.

She straddle the two worlds between the original peoples and the settlers... She found it very difficult to reintegrate into Khoi society. Her story is the story of many people.

Max du Preez, South African author and columnist

Du Preez describes Krotoa as an outspoken feminist who defied what was expected from native women during the first period of colonial settlement.

Listen to the full conversation from The Midday Report with Stephen Grootes:

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