The reburial of the Pienaars

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06 Aug 2012

The Department of Arts and Culture (DAC) and the Northern Cape department of Sports, Arts and Culture invite the media to the reburial of the Pienaars. The event will take place on Sunday, 12 August 2012 in Kuruman, Northern Cape Province. The event will be split into two phases namely, the main event (phase 1) and the funeral (phase 2).   Attending the event is the Northern Cape Premier Ms H Jenkins, President of the Republic Mr Jacob Zuma and DAC Minister, Mr Paul Mashatile.

The Klaas and Trooi Pienaar were illegally exhumed from their graves by an Austrian anthropologist named Dr Rudolph Pöch in the early 19th century. On the 20th April 2012 the (DAC), the Northern Cape Government and the Austrian Government repatriated the osteological remains of a Khoi-San couple. After the successful repatriation of the remains of Sarah Baartman in 2002, Klaas and his wife Trooi Pienaar will also receive dignified burial in Kuruman, Northern Cape.
The project of repatriating the remains of Klaas and Trooi Pienaar is part of a government process of correcting the wrongs from the past and ensuring that present and future generations can find some closure to this painful and humiliating epoch in South Africa’s history.

This is the department’s effort towards restoration of the victims of racism and colonialism as part of heritage month commemorations.
The department is aimed at correcting the wrongs from the past and ensuring that the present and future generations can find closure to this painful and humiliating era.

The reburial arrangements are as follows:
Date:                                     12 August 2012
Time:                                     10h00
Venue:                                 Kalahari High School, Kuruman
Kindly RSVP to: TeresaM@dac.gov.za Mobile: 082 933 9156 

N.B: Department of Arts and Culture will provide transport for journalist between Kimberley and Kuruman. Please confirm if you have interest.