The Lone Fighter, Mattheus Hendrikus (Tewie) Wessels, was born in 1878 on the farm Olifantskop in the Boshof district. Wessels’s father died shortly after his birth and his mother, Catherina Johanna Scholtz, later married Jan de Wet.
Catherina died in 1896 at the age of 38, shortly after the birth of the ninth De Wet child. The same year the two brothers, Tewie and Gerrie, arrived at the Victoria College (later to become the University of Stellenbosch), after they matriculated at Grey College, Bloemfontein. Tewie graduated with a BA degree, while Gerrie studied agriculture.
Tewie was keen on studying medicine and his stepfather “with great confidence sent the wild lad, a splendid jockey and a crack shot to Edinburgh, Scotland”.
Apart from excelling at his studies, Tewie played lots of sport and had a hectic social life. The fact that he had plenty pocket money, a charming disposition and was a keen sportsman to boot ensured that his company was always in demand.
Because of his strong patriotic upbringing, he followed with concern the growing friction and deteriorating relations between Britain and the two Boer republics. He came to accept that if war broke out, he could not stay in Scotland.
He knew he had to help and was keen to do so. But the big question was how? His amazing social life and contacts provided him with the perfect attributes for the role he was to play.
Tewie had heard about some gentlemen who intended to establish a regiment of sportsmen with the idea of going “to shoot some Boers just for fun”. Each member of this very select party had his own horse, sporting rifle, sable and lance.
Tewie then became “Sir Trevor Williams” and was so convincing in his role as a snobbish aristocrat that he had no problem in accompanying the Royal Regiment to South Africa. He disembarked at Cape Town and travelled by train to the Free State.
At De Aar, problems started when a steward – a Coloured – serving him morning coffee, greeted “Sir Trevor” with a cheery “Môre baas Tewie” (Good morning master Tewie).
Tewie acted stupid and pretended not to understand.
“Maar baas Tewie, dis mos ek, Gamat, wat by Stellenbosch jou kamer ‘geswiep’ het, dan het jy my met my ‘lessons’ gehelp.” (“Butmaster Tewie, it’s me, Gamat, who cleaned your room in Stellenbosch. And you helped me with my lessons.”)
“Sir Trevor” just said: “Shut up!”
The incident caused suspicion and Gamat was questioned. He swore it was Tewie Wessels, but later he appeared to change his mind, saying that he was no longer sure.
Tewie was brought back to Cape Town from De Aar under escort. There he had to report every day for the duration of the investigation.
One day he spotted a Portuguese ship anchored in the harbour. He slipped on board the ship and was well received by the captain. He agreed to allow Tewie to stay and to take him as far as Lourenco Marques (Maputo) in Mozambique.
When the English discovered he was missing, they suspected that he could have hidden on board the Portuguese ship and demanded that it be searched.
The captain hid him under coal in the coal room. When he eventually emerged after the English soldiers had left, he was black from head to toe.
After his arrival in Mozambique, he left for Waterval-Boven, where he joined a Boer commando.
During his very first skirmish at Lydenburg he sustained a light wound in his left arm. His worried comrades wanted to take him off somewhere for treatment.
“Not to worry boys, just give me a rag and I’ll dress myself,” he replied.
He also rendered first aid to other wounded comrades and consequently earned himself the nickname of “Doctor”.
Involving himself in skirmishes all along the way, he managed to make his way back to the Free State. He told everyone he was a “lone fighter” who wanted to make up for the portion of the war he had missed.
A half-brother, Frans de Wet, relates: “Tewie never moved with a commando, but always made sure that he was near when there was fighting.”
He did his own scouting and when the opportunity arose to ambush a convoy, he would inform the nearest commando. He would then join the ensuing fight.
He was often involved in daring one-man skirmishes such as stealing horses and guns and taking them to the nearest commando. For every looting he would mark a notch on his gun.
The last time Frans de Wet saw him, there were 80 notches.
One day, accompanying Major Brandt and his commando, who were marking an English column, the major said: “I need a cigarette badly, I will pay golden pound for one.”
“Have the pound ready for when I return, Major,” Tewie responded. He moved in closer to the English until he was right beside an English soldier.
“Bill, my friend, kindly spare me a cigarette,” he said, and was given one.
He put it between his lips and slowly moved back to where Brandt had positioned himself.
“We watched you. Here is your pound. Not for the cigarette, but for your bravery. Good heavens, but you are a daredevil,” the major said.
At the Vet River, he came upon an English regiment at rest. The regiment’s every move was being monitored by a Boer commando across the river.
Tewie reconnoitred the English camp and said to Frans de Wet: “You and a couple of your daring mates must help me tonight. I want that black horse standing among the English horses. My horse is exhausted.”
By midnight 20 men led by Tewie sneaked through the river and returned, without casualty, with 53 horses.
General Coen Brits relates: “Tewie was a master scout and an unsurpassed courier, but he never wanted to commit himself to a commando. We offered him an officer’s rank, but he refused it.”
One day Tewie learnt that an English convoy was moving between Potchefstroom and Ventersdorp. With six men he proceeded to a spot suitable for an ambush. After an intense fray, all seven were either dead or wounded on the battlefield.
Tewie had five wounds and he and his heavily wounded friend, Corneels Vermaas, were the only survivors. They were captured and sent to Potchefstroom hospital.
After their discharge, they were put on a train to Cape Town to be deported. In the Hex River Mountains they jumped out of the moving train and started the long journey back to the Free State.
After walking for 300km, they at last found horses and were able to meet up with a commando. Because Tewie’s wounds needed regular attention, he was forced to stay near a commando. He reluctantly agreed to become a field-cornet under General van Deventer.
It was during the closing stages of the war and while peace negotiations were already underway that the battle of Windhoek, a farm near Vanrynsdorp, was fought “by death-defying heroes, with courage which bordered on recklessness”.
Crossing an open area, the Boers charged the buildings harbouring the English and forced the enemy to surrender.
Among those killed were Tewie and Corneels Vermaas. They were buried in Vanrynsdorp where a monument was erected to their memory.
“If you look at the marks of the bullet that penetrated the bandoleer of Tewie, the Lone Fighter, then I pray: ‘Let me be such a patriot’,” writes Jan Wessels. (The bullet penetrated the front of the bandoleer, entered his chest, then ruptured another bullet lodged in the back of the bandoleer.)
Lifting his head before dying, Tewie’s last words were “Goodbye to all.”
Credit to: News24 Archives – Nols Nieman, Die Volksblad
The Boer Republicans / Boer Nationalists / Boer Irredentists & other modern era Boers who are working towards & struggling to regain the self determination which was stripped from them after the Anglo-Boer War & were further marginalized after 1994 are often recklessly & erroneously labeled as Right Wingers despite the fact that the Boer Nation is a volk / people & not an organization therefore as such is not a political element of a contrived one dimensional political spectrum or a special interest group.
Please note that the correct term is "Boer nationalists" and not "rightwingers". We are not an (extremist) element on the spectrum of the South African professional party-political comedy. We wish to be no part of this "rainbow spectrum". We do not consider ourselves bound in conscience by a constitution, laws, rules and statutes made on our behalf without any form of consultation with us or consent by us. If and when we do obey these oppressive laws, we do it out of a higher conscience, and out of respect for the semblance of the order of things. We have a right to resist an oppressive constitution and oppressive laws. Actions borne from coercion can never be interpreted as the giving of consent.
From an open letter Professor Tobias Louw addressed to the Institute for Security Studies dated September 16 2003.
The Boers have had a long struggle to acquire self determination. A struggle which dates back to 1795 on the eastern Cape frontier when the first Boer Republics at Swellendam & Graaff-Reinet were established in rebellion to Dutch rule. The Boers would later achieve a high level of self determination after the Great Trek when numerous other Boer Republics were founded north of the Orange River. The main republics were the Transvaal Republic also known as the ZAR / the Vryheid Republic & the Orange Free State Republic. When the two major republics of the ZAR & the OVS were conquered by the British after the second Anglo-Boer War -the struggle for self determination resumed first during the Maritz Rebellion in 1914 which was triggered when the South African government sided with the British less than 15 years after the devastation of the British concentration camps which killed close to 50 % of the Boer child population. The Rebellion leaders were jailed & prevented from participating in politics. The movement to restore the Boer Republics resumed again during the 1940s but was crushed by the Afrikaner establishment & the government. Then in 1961 Robert van Tonder left the National Party to pursue the restoration of the Boer Republics full time. Later still during the 1970s this movement began to grow but was later curtailed again as well. The movement to restore the Boer Republics or to acquire some form of Boer self determination continues but is still facing strong obstacles & is often not represented in a fair nor accurate manner in the West.
The term “concentration camp” was used to describe camps operated by the British in South Africa during the Second Boer War from 11 October 1899 until 31 May 1902, and the term grew in prominence during this period.
The camps had originally been set up by the British Army as “refugee camps” to provide refuge for civilian families who had been forced to abandon their homes for whatever reason related to the war. However, when Kitchener succeeded Roberts as commander-in-chief in South Africa on 29 November 1900, the British Army introduced new tactics in an attempt to break the guerrilla campaign and the influx of civilians grew dramatically as a result. Kitchener initiated plans to
flush out guerrillas in a series of systematic drives, organised like a sporting shoot, with success defined in a weekly ‘bag’ of killed, captured and wounded, and to sweep the country bare of everything that could give sustenance to the guerrillas, including women and children … It was the clearance of civilians—uprooting a whole nation—that would come to dominate the last phase of the war.
Field Marshal Horatio Herbert Kitchener, 1st Earl Kitchener KG (24 June 1850 – 5 June 1916) was a senior British Army officer and colonial administrator who won fame for his imperial campaigns and later played a central role in the early part of the First World War, although he died halfway through it.
As Boer farms were destroyed by the British under their “Scorched Earth” policy—including the systematic destruction of crops and slaughtering of livestock, the burning down of homesteads and farms, and the poisoning of wells and salting of fields—to prevent the Boers from resupplying from a home base many tens of thousands of women and children were forcibly moved into the concentration camps. This was not the first appearance of internment camps. The Spanish had used internment in the Ten Years’ War that led to the Spanish–American War, and the United States had used them to devastate guerrilla forces during the Philippine–American War. But the Boer War concentration camp system was the first time that a whole nation had been systematically targeted, and the first in which some whole regions had been depopulated.
Eventually, there were a total of 45 tented camps built for Boer internees and 64 for black Africans. Of the 28,000 Boer men captured as prisoners of war, 25,630 were sent overseas. The vast majority of Boers remaining in the local camps were women and children. Over 26,000 women and children were to perish in these concentration camps.
The camps were poorly administered from the outset and became increasingly overcrowded when Kitchener’s troops implemented the internment strategy on a vast scale. Conditions were terrible for the health of the internees, mainly due to neglect, poor hygiene and bad sanitation. The supply of all items was unreliable, partly because of the constant disruption of communication lines by the Boers. The food rations were meager and there was a two-tier allocation policy, whereby families of men who were still fighting were routinely given smaller rations than others (Pakenham 1979, p. 505). The inadequate shelter, poor diet, bad hygiene and overcrowding led to malnutrition and endemic contagious diseases such as measles, typhoid and dysentery to which the children were particularly vulnerable. An additional problem was the Boers’ use of traditional medicines like a cow-dung poultice for skin diseases and crushed insects for convulsions. Coupled with a shortage of modern medical facilities, many of the internees died.
As the war raged across their farms and their homes were destroyed, many Africans became refugees and they, like the Boers, moved to the towns where the British Army hastily created internment camps. Subsequently, the “Scorched Earth” policy was ruthlessly applied to both Boers and Africans. Although most black Africans were not considered by the British to be hostile, many tens of thousands were also forcibly removed from Boer areas and also placed in concentration camps.
Africans were held separately from Boer internees. Eventually there were a total of 64 tented camps for Africans. Conditions were as bad as in the camps for the Boers, but even though, after the Fawcett Commission report, conditions improved in the Boer camps, “improvements were much slower in coming to the black camps.”
For a long time, until the late 20th century, Afrikaners (Boers) didn’t like British (English) people, the United Kingdom and even the USA as an allie of the United Kingdom. They remembered the Brits destroying their farms, poisening their lands, and starving their women and children. Afrikaners (= Boers) call the Brits and white Anglo-Africans rooinek (Redneck). Probably a reference to the fact that Englishmen, being new to Africa, wore inadequate headgear (such as solar topees (pith helmets) or no hat at all) and thus sunburned more easily than Afrikaners. Other theories have it being a reference to the then red collars of British military uniforms, or to the red markings that British farmers put on their imported merino sheep.
Jaga, the British colonial regime was very tough in many African nations, in India, in Palestine and their Caribbean and South-American colonies. Nazi propaganda tended to glorify British institutions, and above all the British Empire. Adolf Hitler tried to court Britain into an alliance, his propaganda praised the British as proficient Aryan imperialists.
Typical of the Nazi admiration for the British Empire were a lengthy series of articles in various German newspapers throughout the mid-1930s praising various aspects of British imperial history, with the clear implication that there were positive parallels to be drawn between British empire-building in the past and German empire-building in the future.
A particular theme of praise was offered for British “ruthlessness” in building and defending their empire, which was held as a model for the Germans to follow. Above all, the British were admired as an “Aryan” people who had with typical “ruthlessness” subjected millions of brown- and black skinned people to their rule, and British rule in India was held up as a model for how the Germans would rule Russia, through as the historian Gerwin Strobl pointed out that this parallel between German rule in Russia and British rule in India was only made possible by the Nazis’ ignorance of how the British actually ruled India.
King Charles granted the The Stuart family and London merchants who owned the Royal African Company a monopoly of the trade to supply slaves to the British colonies of the Caribbean. From the outset, slavery was the basis of the British Empire in the West Indies. Until the abolition of the slave trade in 1807, Britain was responsible for the transportation of 3.5 million African slaves to the Americas, a third of all slaves transported across the Atlantic. To facilitate this trade, forts were established on the coast of West Africa, such as James Island, Accra and Bunce Island. In the British Caribbean, the percentage of the population of African descent rose from 25 percent in 1650 to around 80 percent in 1780, and in the 13 Colonies from 10 percent to 40 percent over the same period (the majority in the southern colonies). For the slave traders, the trade was extremely profitable, and became a major economic mainstay for such western British cities as Bristol and Liverpool, which formed the third corner of the so-called triangular trade with Africa and the Americas. For the transported, harsh and unhygienic conditions on the slaving ships and poor diets meant that the average mortality rate during the Middle Passage was one in seven.
THE TRUE MESSIAH’S NAME IS CODED INTO THE WORD SALVATION
In the Old Covenant Scriptures the Hebrew word for salvation is Strong’s number 3444.
This word is spelt with the Hebrew letters העושי and according to Strong’s is pronounced “yeshuwah” meaning deliverance, save, salvation etc.
The Old Covenant leader who took over from Moses and who was chosen by the Heavenly Father to lead the Israelites into the Promised Land was according to modern Bibles called Joshua.
However, this is not correct. We are warned not to alter or change anything in the original Scriptures. This leader’s name and confirmed in Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance number 3091is spelt with the Hebrew lettersיהושע and is pronounced “Yahusha.” The Name means Yah’s salvation, saviour. This leader was a perfect shadow of the New Covenant Messiah and is confirmed in the Scripture John 5: 43, “I come in My Father’s Name.”
Now take the Hebrew word salvation Strong’s number 3444:-
י ש ו ע ה
Remember Hebrew is read from right to left so we have the letters Y SH OO A H.
Now take the Messiah’s Name Strong’s number 3091:-
ע ש ו ה י
Reading again from right to left we have the letters Y H OO SH A.
You notice the same 5 Hebrew letters are in the one word salvation and in the Messiah’s Name.
Let us now look at some of those wonderful Scriptures where this word salvation appears. Here are a few quoted to illustrate:-
Genesis 49: 18, “I have waited for Thy salvation O Lord.”
Exodus 14: 13, “— see the salvation of the Lord.”
Exodus 15: 2, “— He is become my salvation.”
Deut. 32:15, “— lightly esteemed the Rock of His salvation.”
Again in modern Bible translations, the Hebrew Name of the Heavenly Father, Strong’s number 3068 and written 7000 times has been wrongly translated as “Lord.”
His special covenant Name is written:-
ה ו ה י
Again reading the Hebrew letters from right to left we have Y H OO H.
You can clearly see that the first two Hebrew letters in the Heavenly Father’s Name:-
Also appear as the first two Hebrew letters in the Messiah’s Name being Y H.
From the beautiful praise word sung regularly, HalleluYah we know that this is translated YAH. This is also confirmed in the New King James version Psalms 68: 4.
So truly the Messiah’s words in John 5: 43 are accurate, “I come in My Father’s Name.”
YAHUSHA – YAH’S salvation.
The Hebrew Letter – ו “ WAW ”
Another beautiful proof that the “ OO ” sound is correct is found in the Hebrew Name of our Heavenly Father’s Spirit.
“ Ruach Hakodesh ” translated, “ Spirit of Separation ”.
“ Ruwach ” Strong’s no 7307 , pronounced – Roo –ach [Spirit] is spelt : ד ו ה
We would not think of saying, “ Rach ” and thus eliminating the ו . We should therefore be consistent with the pronunciation of the Heavenly Father’s Name and His Son’s Name.
י ה ו ה The Heavenly Father pronounced Yahooah
[A simple exercise to confirm this statement is to take the English form ‘Judah’ and check Strong’s concordance for the correct Hebrew name. The number is 3063 and is spelt in Hebrew יהודה being from right to left YHWDH – Yahoodah. Just remove the ד and you have Yahooah.
יהושע His Son, The Messiah pronounced Yahoosha
דוה His Spirit pronounced Rooach
The letter ו being in all three in perfect unity and harmony.
“ Halel ” – Strong’s no 1984 means – “ praise ”.
“ Yah ” – Strong’s no 3050 the Root of the Heavenly Father’s Name – ה י
The above two are joined together by the ו – oo the “ Waw ”.
So we say and sing, HalelooYah. Meaning “ Praise Yah ”.
Again we do not ignore the “oo” sound and say Halel Yah.
Please do not allow our ignorance of Hebrew to be a stumbling block to those who do, particularly when presenting a message which is so vital..
Joyfully in the service of our precious Messiah יהושע – Yahoosha of Natsareth.
IN THE FOLLOWING QUOTATIONS FROM THE BOOK “AID TO BIBLE UNDERSTANDING” BY THE “WATCH TOWER BIBLE AND TRACT SOCIETY” WILL BE SHOWN IN italics.
 Jesus the Latin form of the Greek I-e-sous which corresponds to the Hebrew Yeshua or Yehohshua and means Salvation [or, Help] of Jehovah.
 BUT THE MESSIAH WAS NOT OF LATIN OR GREEK DESCENT. HE WAS A JEW, A HEBREW.
 The name I-e-sous appears in the Greek text in Acts 7: 45 and Hebrews 4: 8 and applies to Joshua, the leader of Israel following Moses’ death.
 ACTUALLY IT APPEARS IN ACTS 13: 6 AS, BAR-IESOUS MEANING “SON OF IESOUS” AND IN MOST BIBLES TRANSLATED INTO ENGLISH AS “BAR-JESUS” MEANING SON OF JESUS.The name itself was not unusual, many men being so named in that period.
 IF IESOUS /JESUS WAS HIS NAME AND SO MANY MEN WERE CALLED BY THIS NAME THEN HOW COULD THE PHARISEES AND THE RELIGIOUS ORDER BAN THIS NAME BEING USED BY HIS DISCIPLES.
Acts 3: 16; Acts 4: 10-12; Acts 5: 40-41. IN FACT READ THE WHOLE BOOK OF ACTS AND SEE THAT THE HEBREW NAME, NOT THE LATIN OR GREEK VERSION OF THE MESSIAH WAS BANNED AS IT IS EVEN TO THIS DAY.
 Just as the reason or reasons originally advanced for discontinuing the use of the divine name are uncertain, so, too, there is much uncertainty as to when this superstitious view really took hold. Some claim that it began following the Babylonian exile [607 – 537 B.C.E]. This theory is based on a supposed reduction in the use of the name by the later writers of the Hebrew Scriptures.
 THROUGHOUT THE BOOKS OF EZRA AND NEHEMIAH [NEHEMYAH] THE “Y-H” WAS DROPPED WHEN REFERRING TO THE OLD COVENANT LEADER AND OTHERS. Nehemiah 8: 17.
 A NAME BEGINNING WITH THE LETTERS “Y-H” WAS BANNED BY THE RELIGIOUS ORDER. FOR A CLEAR SCRIPTURAL UNDERSTANDING PLEASE READ MY NOTE “WHAT NAME WAS WRITTEN IN LUKE 1:63? YHWH COMMISSIONED HIS ANGEL GABRIEL AS TO THE NAMING OF TWO BOYS, THE IMMERSER WHO WAS TO PREPARE THE WAY “YAHUCHANAN” [YAH’S CHOSEN] AND HIS SON THE MESSIAH “YAHUSHA” [YAH’S SAVIOUR].
 SO LONG AS THE LETTERS “Y-H” ARE AT THE END OF A NAME IT IS ACCEPTABLE DUE TO THE MEANING OF THE NAME IS NOT BEING EMPHATIC. YAHUCHANAN = YAH’S CHOSEN [EMPHATIC], WHERE NEHEMYAH = CONSOLATION OF YAH [ACCEPTABLE].
 ACTS 4: 12 STATES. “NEITHER IS THERE SALVATION IN ANY OTHER: FOR THERE IS NONE OTHER NAME UNDER HEAVEN GIVEN AMONG MEN, WHEREBY WE MUST BE SAVED.” WHAT NAME DO YOU CHOOSE, THE HEBREW NAME GIVEN BY YHWH OR A GREEK, LATIN VERSION OF DUBIOUS ORIGIN?
 CONSIDER HOW MANY MEN TODAY IN SOUTH AMERICA, OTHER LATIN COUNTRIES AND IN FACT ALL OVER THE WORLD ARE CALLED “JESUS.” THIS MAKES A MOCKERY OFTHE FOLLOWING SCRIPTURE.
 PHILIPPIANS 2: 9-10. “WHEREFORE YHWH ALSO HAS HIGHLY EXALTED HIM, AND GIVEN HIM A NAME WHICH IS ABOVE EVERY NAME THAT AT THE NAME OF “JESUS” EVERY KNEE SHOULD BOW, OF THINGS IN HEAVEN, AND THINGS IN EARTH, AND UNDER THE EARTH.” WHAT ABOUT JESUS FERGUSON A POKER WORLD CHAMPION. NO ONE BOWED THEIR KNEE WHEN HE WAS INTRODUCED TO THE OTHER PLAYERS!
 PROPHESY FULFILLED, JOHN [YOCHANAN] 5: 43. “I COME IN MY FATHER’S NAME AND YOU DO NOT RECEIVE ME: IF ANOTHER [SAVIOUR] SHALL COME IN HIS OWN NAME, HIM YOU WILL RECEIVE.”
 YAHUSHA CAME IN HIS FATHER’S NAME “YAH” AND HAD HIS FATHER’S STAMP ON HIS NAME.
NEITHER IESOUS OR JESUS HAS “YAH” IN THEIR NAMES, HOWEVER, THEY HAVE A STRANGE TIE TO ZEUS.
IESOUS -STRONG’S NO. 2424 IS PHONETICAL PRONOUNCED “EE-AY-SOOCE.” THIS IS CLOSE TO ZEUS – STRONG’S NO. 2203PRONOUNCED “DZ-YOOCE . WAS THIS TO MAKE THE PAGANS HAPPY?
READ ACTS 14: 12-13 TO SEE HOW THE PAGANS WANTED TO RENAME SHAUL AND BAR NABAS WITH PAGAN DEITY NAMES.
 FINALLY THERE ARE MANY SINCERE PEOPLE WHO ARE DECEIVED BY THE MODERN DAY SCRIBES AND THE FALSE SHEPHERDS – THE HIRED HANDS WRITTEN ABOUT IN JOHN [YOCHANAN] 10: 12-13 WITH THIS RESULT.
Revelation 12: 9. “AND THE GREAT DRAGON WAS CAST OUT, THAT OLD SERPENT, CALLED THE DEVIL AND SATAN, WHICH DECEIVES THE WHOLE WORLD.”
WHAT NAME DOES THE WHOLE WORLD BELIEVE, WHAT NAME DO ALL CHRISTIAN DENOMINATIONS PREACH? PERHAPS YOU ARE YOU PART OF THEM OR DO YOU WISH TO PASS THE TEST OF 1 JOHN 4: 1-6 BEING THE CONFESSION OF THE RIGHT HEBREW NAME GIVEN BY THE WILL OF YHWH.