Cobus van Bosch

Followers of the Griqua leader AAS le Fleur in captivity in Kokstad, 1898. (Oil on canvas, 40cm x 60cm, 2013).
Source: Western Cape Archives

Andrew Abraham Stockenstrom le Fleur (1867-1941) was Paramount Chief of the Griqua nation and was jailed as a “rebel” by the colonial authorities from 1898 to 1903, together with many of his followers. He was interned in Kokstad and then sent to forced labour on the breakwater in Cape Town. After his release he was instrumental in reuniting the scattered Griqua nation and became known as a prophet called “Kneg van God” (servant of God).