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.