These photographs in and around Steytlerville were kindly taken by Ronnie Lovemore, and are used with his permission.
The Memorial presumably commemorates men from the town of Steytlerville and surrounds who died in both World Wars.
The two objects on top of it are a pair of machine guns facing in opposite directions.
The War Memorial in the town may be found at Google Earth co-ordinates: 33°19’41.41″S, 24°20’39.34″E.
In the corner of the cemetery stands the grave of James MacLellan, originally thought to be a Boer War casualty, it turns out that he was a member of the Cape Mounted Police, force number 86, and he was a Sergeant and died on 08 October 1905. No other information has come to light. It is just a wooden cross bolted to a pole in the ground. His grave may be found at 33°19’43.14″S, 24°20’26.96″E.
Close by at 33°19’43.83″S, 24°20’26.91″E is the lonely grave of James Kobe Madlaila, a constable and interpreter on the staff of the resident magistrate who was shot by a commando while out scouting during the Anglo Boer War. During the trial of Gideon Scheepers he was accused of the murder of James Kobe Madlaila which allegedly took place on a farm named Rooiklip, Steytlerville on the 7th August 1901. A certain Edith Carey testified that she was in the house when the unarmed deceased came racing by on a horse. Scheeper’s men gave chase. The deceased jumped from his horse and ran into the yard. At this time, the men shot him in the thigh. Scheeper’s men then left, went to a hill and returned 10 minutes later and shot him dead. Scheepers gave evidence that Madlaila was killed in combat and that he knew nothing more of the incident.
Gideon Scheepers was executed by firing squad on 18 January 1902 and he was buried in an unmarked grave.
The town also has a “Voortrekker Gedenkmuur” as you enter it, with many artifacts related to the Voortrekkers and farming, it may be found at 33°19’23.79″S, 24°20’42.06″E. And, on the road into the town, South African history has been painted on the surrounding rocks, 33°18’33.22″S, 24°21’39.19″E. An interesting bit of artwork that must have taken quite some time to do.
© DRW 2012-2018. Created 06/06/2012, Photographs © Ronnie Lovemore. Translation of the Gideon Scheepers/James Kobe Madlaila incident by Jennifer Bosch. Updated 01/10/2016. Moved to blog 06/02/2014