Who was the REAL Johan Anthoniszoon "Jan" van Riebeeck?

In 1651 Johan Anthoniszoon "Jan" van Riebeeck (21 April 1619 – 18 January 1677) volunteered to undertake the command of the initial Dutch settlement in the future South Africa.

He landed three ships (Dromedaris; Reijger and Goede Hoop) at the future Cape Town on 6 April 1652. The rest, as they say, is history…

Van Riebeeck, a spectre to many South Africans today, in recent weeks made it into speeches by President Jacob Zuma. We spoke to Fransjohan Pretorius, Professor of History at the University of Pretoria, about the real, historical Jan van Riebeeck and why he is so relevant in South Africa today.

Listen to the audio for more detail.


This article first appeared on 702 : Who was the REAL Johan Anthoniszoon "Jan" van Riebeeck?


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