Mrs. Retha van Zyl, post mortem.
ODENDAALSRUS, FREE STATE Jan 6 2009 - Farmer Koos van Zyl (63) and his wife Retha (66), a much loved local teacher who had just retired, were ‘slaughtered like animals’ on their farm Poortjie in the Free State on January 5 2009, reports Volksblad newspaper.They were first attacked and cruelly mutilated with a meathook, and then shot dead with their own shotgun, said police. Netcare 911 spokesman Chris Botha described the scene as “absolute carnage’ after paramedics arrived. It was the second farm attack in the Odendaalsrust district within a week.A 27-year-old suspect has been arrested, while fleeing in their daughter Marietjie’s red Chevrolet Avea sedan with a stolen sheep. Sergeant Majang Mosupa of the Free State police said Mrs Van Zyl had apparently gone outside to turn on the electricity generator when she was attacked. It is suspected that the attacker, a former labourer who was fired for stealing from the couple only a day earlier, had apparently turned off the generator off to her outside. Mr Van Zyl, who was frail and very ill, was then attacked in the kitchen with a meathook which slashed open his neck and head, said Mosupa, while Mrs Van Zyl, who had also been attacked several times with the meathook, then was tied up and dragged through the homestead. The couple then both were shot in their chests with a shotgun.
Family history has it that the Vanderboegh (also rendered as van der boeg and van de boeg) history begins in Zeeland in the Netherlands on the coast near the Belgian border. We first were farmers on the island of Cadzand, then migrated to Vlissingen across the water where we became boatbuilders about the time of Admiral De Ruyter. (The "boeg" is the prow of a ship, also referring specifically to the hawser hole where the anchor rope ran through. Thus, "Vanderboegh" means "man from the bow of the boat.") When the troops of Napoleon overran the Netherlands, they deliberately put the Dutch shipbuilding industry out of business and the impoverished Vanderboeghs returned to the farms around Cadzand. (I always knew there was a reason I didn't much care for the French.)
In 1849, my branch of the Vanderboeghs, who belonged to a bunch of religious dissenters of the Dutch Reformed Church called "the Seceders", decided to go to America, where they settled in western Michigan. Others migrated to South Africa. As near as I can tell, the name itself seems to have died out in both Holland and South Africa, leaving only those of us in America with the ancient moniker. But whatever the descendants of the Vanderboeghs who went to South Africa are called these days, they are in increasing danger.
A hat tip to World Net Daily for bringing my attention to this article: Genocide looms for white farmers.
The article is largely drawn from reports gathered by Genocide Watch, a non-partisan international group, according to its mission statement, "exists to predict, prevent, stop, and punish genocide and other forms of mass murder. We seek to raise awareness and influence public policy concerning potential and actual genocide. Our purpose is to build an international movement to prevent and stop genocide."
Genocide Watch lists South Africa as "Stage Five, Polarization, just at the edge of Stage Six, Preparation." (Stage Seven is the Genocide itself.) Here is the latest report.