State Secretary of the South African Republic

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The State Secretary of the South African Republic (Transvaal) was the principal administrative officer of that republic, officially known as the Zuid-Afrikaansche Republiek.

Tenure State Secretary Notes
1880–1888 Willem Eduard Bok
1888–1897 Willem Johannes Leyds
1897 C van Boeschoten During extended visit of Leyds to Europe (April-July 1897).[1]
1897-1898 Willem Johannes Leyds In view of the deteriorating relationshop with the British, it was decided that it would politically be better to have an Afrikaner as State Secretary rather than a Dutchman, hence Reitz was appointed to the post. Leyds went to Europe as envoy of the South African Republic, a position he held until the end of the war.
1898–1902 Francis William Reitz Former State President of the Orange Free State. Retired from that position in 1896 due to ill-health.


  1. ^ Marais, JC - The Fall of Kruger's Republic, (1960), p152