This history covers twelve decades, from the surrender of Boer guerrillas in the Second Anglo-Boer War in 1902 to the July 2021 looting spree and violence.
Stories like the kind stored in this place, known as Telperion Shelter, provide history to a landscape and people.
Concentration camps are by no means only synonymous with Nazi terror or totalitarianism. In fact, concentration camps have deep roots in the culture and politics of Anglo-American liberal democracies.
A British Conservative MP has brought concentration camps during the South African War back into the spotlight.
For black South Africans, the hard lesson was the same as it had been during the Boer war: support for Britain would bring few rewards.
Canadians’ indifference to their military isn’t so surprising. Almost every military conflict has raised serious questions, and spurred divisive debate, about Canadian unity and independence.
Apartheid South Africa started a war in which it could not maintain a strategic advantage. It misread the quest for national liberation and international opinion that undermined its effectiveness.