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Johanna van der Merwe

Johanna Cornelia van der Merwe (7 March 1825 – 15 January 1888) was a Voortrekker heroine who survived the Weenen massacre, an impi attack on her trekking party on 17 February 1838, despite suffering more than twenty assegai wounds.

Johanna van der Merwe
Born(1825-03-07)7 March 1825
Died15 January 1888(1888-01-15) (aged 62)

She later married Hendrik Fredercik Delport with whom she had seven sons (despite being permanently crippled by the attack). She died aged 62 and was buried in Rouxville.[1]

An ox-wagon in the historic 1938 Great Trek Centenary commemoration trek as well as a South African Navy submarine were named in her honour.


  1. ^ State, NAA Free. "NAA Xhariep Free State". Retrieved 2018-10-23.