Brendan Seery
Deputy Editor
3 minute read
9 May 2022
6:00 am

Let’s be brave like Johnnie…

Brendan Seery

'We each tell vroulief we’ve been sent on a dangerous fact-finding mission.'

DA leader John Steenhuisen arrives at State of the Nation Address (Sona) 2022 in Cape Town. Picture: Gallo Images/Daily Maverick/Victoria O'Regan

It was, Oom Schalk Lourens said, as he gazed upon the Marico bosveld with one hand wrapped around his mug of moer koffie and the other around his pipe, a very interesting time to be alive. Piet Cronje, sitting next to him and similarly equipped with koffie, but taking a drag of his Camel Lite, agreed, while still keeping a lustful eye on his dust-full Hilux – because some matches are truly made in heaven. Piet had been named after the Boer War General Piet Cronje, but had never fought his own personal Magersfontein. Bets, his wife and commander-in-chief, had...