Anna Boshoff was ‘community person par excellence’

Orania chairperson Carel Boshoff’s wife, Anna, died on July 10 at the age of 75, the family said. She passed away at the Kimberley Medi-Clinic at 4.30am following a stroke 18 days earlier.

“Tannie Anna, as she was known, was a community person par excellence, and will be remembered for the countless initiatives aimed at maintaining and reclaiming the Afrikaner’s freedom,” the family said in a statement.

Anna was the second-eldest daughter of former apartheid-era prime minister Hendrik Verwoerd and his wife, Betsie, and married Boshoff in 1954.

Carel Boshoff heads the Afrikaner enclave of Orania in the northern Cape.

Anna was a founding member of the Volkstaat Council, which was established as a body for conservatiev Afrikaners shortly after South Africa’s new and democratic government came into power in 1994.

She is also survived by six children and 20 grandchildren.

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