Carel Boshoff - Biography

Biography

Boshoff was the second child of Willem Sterrenberg Boshoff and Anna Maria "Annie" Boshoff. Annie was Willem's second wife and together they had 7 children. With his first wife, Willem had six children. Boshoff was educated at the University of Pretoria to doctorate level in Missionary science and has done missionary work in the old Transvaal Provence. He spoke fluent iSipedi (Northern Sotho) and served as Secretary of Missions for the Dutch Reformed Church.

Boshoff's wife, also named Anna, whom he married in 1954, was the daughter of Hendrik Frensch Verwoerd (former prime minister of South Africa, mainly known as the architect of Apartheid). They had 7 children. She died in 2007. Boshoff was leader of the Voortrekker movement from 1981 to 1989. Further, he was chairman of the Afrikaner Broederbond from 1980 to 1983. He chaired the Freedom Front in Northern Cape since 1994. In 1988 he founded AVSTIG or Afrikaner Vryheidstigting, although he is mainly known as the founder in 1990 of Orania, an Afrikaner settlement. Intended as the beginning of a volkstaat, Boshoff admitted his disappointment that it has only 810 residents, rather than the 60,000 he had anticipated. Orania recently got its own currency, the Ora and is famous for its Koeksister monument. Boshoff was the president of the Orania movement ('Orania beweging') until 2007. All the above positions were taken over by his son, Carel Boshoff IV, after Boshoff was disabled by his illness.

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