For the second time since 2010, the Boer War site of Elandslaagte near Dundee has been vandalized. The Dutch memorial was badly damaged when vandals took picks and destroyed the memorial. James van Vuuren, Deputy Director of Amafa, the provincial heritage agency said “The vandals have completely destroyed the memorial. They appear to have tried to get into the centre of the structure. We believe that a mistaken belief exists that treasure is buried under the memorials, or that relics can be found. It may be driven by collectors who offer money for relics to people living in the vicinity of battle sites. A case has been opened with the police. If caught, perpetrators face stiff jail sentences. Once police investigations are complete, we will repair the damage”.
Van Vuuren appealed to anyone with information about any act of vandalism to contact Amafa. “Amafa offers a reward for information leading to the conviction of vandals”
The battle of Elandslaagte, which took place on 21 October 1899 claimed nearly 600 British and Boer casualties and losses. The Boer commander, Gen. Kock was also killed.
Anyone with information can contact James van Vuuren on 0358702052, or submit a tip through the Amafa website query facility.