Slachter's Nek Rebellion

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Slachter's Nek Rebellion
Date 1815
Location Cape Colony
Result Revolt suppressed
Boer Rebels  United Kingdom
Commanders and leaders
Hans Bezuidenhout (†) United Kingdom Jacob Cuyler
Hundreds ~ 300
Casualties and losses
none 5 killed

The Slachter's Nek Rebellion was an uprising by Boers in 1815 on the eastern border of the Cape Colony.[1] The rebellion, which was small and local, was handled so badly that it acquired importance as an incident in the struggle of Afrikanerdom against British domination.[2]

Slachter's Nek is the Dutch spelling. In Afrikaans the spelling is Slagtersnek. In both languages, the name translates to Butcher's Neck (Nek is used in several Afrikaans place names).

Names of accused[3]

  • Hendrik Frederik Prinslo,[a]
  • Nicolaas Balthazar Prinslo, Marts-son,
  • Wiilem Jacobus Prinslo, Wm-son,
  • Nicolaas Prinslo, Wm-son,
  • Wiilem Prinslo, Ns-son,
  • Johannes Prinslo, M.son,
  • Willem Krugel,
  • Hendrik van der Nes,
  • Cornelis van der Nes,
  • Stoffel Rudolph Botha,
  • Wiilem Adriaan Nel,
  • Thomas Andries Dreyer,
  • Johannes Bronkhorst,
  • Hendrik Petrus Klopper,
  • Jacobus Klopper, and
  • Petrus Laurens Erasmus
  • Joachim Johaunes Prinslo and
  • Johannes Frederik Botha.
  • Hendrik Frederik Prinsloo[4][5]
  • Nicolaas Balthazar Prinsloo. He takes part in the Great Trek and was murdered with the van Rensburg trek party at Djindispruit, Limpopo River, Mozambique at the end of July 1836.[6]


  1. ^ The surname Prinslo is in fact spelt as Prinsloo.
  1. ^ "Slachter's Nek Rebellion". Standard Encyclopedia of Southern Africa. 9. Human Sciences Research Council. pp. 655–656. 
  2. ^ "Cape of Good Hope". Standard Encyclopedia of Southern Africa. 3. Human Sciences Research Council. p. 47. 
  3. ^ Leibbrandt, H. C. V., ed. (1902). The rebellion of 1815, generally known as Slachters Nek. Cape Town: J. C. Juta & Co. 
  4. ^ Die Geslagsregister van die Ou Kaapse families Vol II M-Z. A. A. BALKEMA. 1981. Page 741.
  5. ^ Extracted 2 JUN 2015.
  6. ^ Visagie, Jan C, Voortrekkerstamouers 1835 - 1845. Protea Boekhuis. Pretoria. 2011. Page 406

Further reading[edit]

  • GE CORY, The rise of South Africa, v.1. London, 1921
  • CJ UYS, 'Slagtersnek: verdraaide beelde van 'n grusame gebeurtenis', Die Landstem, 28 November 1964
  • JA HEESE, 'Die Bezuidenhouts van SIagtersnek', Familia, 1965/6, no. 4.

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