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Piet Uys
Voortrekker Monument May 2006, IMG 3035.jpg
Piet Uys and his son Dirkie, dying in battle;
a frieze of the Voortrekker Monument
Born (1797-10-23)October 23, 1797 (bapt.)
Potberg, Swellendam district
Died April 11, 1838(1838-04-11) (aged 40)
Italeni, UmGungundlovu
Resting place Uysdoorns, Pietermaritzburg
reburied: Weltevrede, Utrecht
Residence Krommeriviermond and Onder-Boesmansrivier
Occupation Commandant
Successor Jacobus Johannes “Cobus” Uys, younger brother
Spouse(s) Alida Maria Uys
Children “Kruppel” Koos (1819-1886)
Dirk Cornelis (1823-1838)
Petrus Lafras “Piet Hlobane” (1827-1879)
Parent(s) Jacobus Johannes “Koos Bybel” Uys (1770-1838)
Susanna Margaretha Moolman

Petrus Lafras Uys (more commonly known as Piet Uys) (1797 - 1838) was a Voortrekker leader during the Great Trek.

He was born in Swellendam, the third son (of six) of Jacobus Johannes Uys (nicknamed Koos Bybel (Bible) because of his religious beliefs). In 1823 Piet Uys moved to a farm in the Humansdorp area near Uitenhage together with his father.

Uys married a cousin, Alida Maria Uys, in 1815. The couple had three sons. He was described as a "well-spoken, intelligent man" with a wide circle of friends, including the Governor of the Cape Colony, Sir Benjamin d'Urban and Colonel Harry Smith. His conduct during the Cape Frontier wars led him to assume a leadership role at the relatively young age of 37. As a result of this, Uys was chosen to lead the "Commission Trek" to Natal in 1834, where he visited Port Natal and may also have met Dingane.

After this successful scouting expedition, the party returned to Uitenhage in February 1835. The subsequent favourable reports of the Commission Treks resulted in many farmers leaving their farms and trekking into the interior of Southern Africa, in what later became known as the Great Trek. Uys sold his own farm in December 1836 and left the Uitenhage area with his party of 100 Voortrekkers (as they became known) in April 1837.

On 29 June of the same year, the Uys Trek arrived at the combined Voortrekker laager at the Sand River[disambiguation needed] where, unbeknownst to them, Piet Retief had been elected Governor and a constitution drafted. Uys refused to accept either and insisted that, once they had reached Natal, democratic elections should be held. He also proposed a constitution based on that of the United States of America.

Uys then received a request by Andries Potgieter to help him against the Matabeles and their leader, Mzilikazi, who had recently defeated him. A commando led by Uys responded, and their combined forces eventually drove the Matabeles into what is now the country of Zimbabwe, opening up the Highveld area for future settlement.

On their return to the laager, the men found that Retief had already left for Natal. Uys and Potgieter subsequently travelled with a scouting party to Natal to visit Retief, but left for what later became known as the Orange Free State after being made to feel unwelcome.

However, after the massacare of Retief and his men by Dingane and the subsequent Zulu attacks on the Voortrekker laagers in Natal, commandos led by Uys and Potgieter rode to their aid. During the subsequent Battle of Italeni both Uys and his second son, Dirkie, were killed. Uys was to be the only Voortrekker leader to be killed in battle during the Great Trek.

Soon afterward ensued the Battle of Blood River.

Uys and his son Dirkie are remembered in the Voortrekker Monument.


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Independent Online

Independent Online
Thu, 04 Feb 2016 01:45:00 -0800

Pretoria - Desperation, fear and feeling threatened were some of the expressions used by opposition parties in Tshwane about the appointment of Paul Mashatile as MEC for Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs. FF Plus councillor Piet Uys said ...

Independent Online

Independent Online
Thu, 24 Sep 2015 22:01:19 -0700

The General Secretary of the Freedom Front Plus said members of their party were involved in negotiations for the transfer of power in 1994 and the anthem was part of those talks. Piet Uys said: “The anthem was agreed upon by everyone involved, the ...

The Citizen (press release) (blog)

The Citizen (press release) (blog)
Mon, 31 Aug 2015 08:22:30 -0700

Similarly, Freedom Front Plus' general secretary Piet Uys said talent should trump race in the selection of teams. “If you want to compete internationally you have to have the best players, you have to be colour blind,”. “[Sports teams] overseas want ...
The New American
Thu, 16 Apr 2015 13:37:44 -0700

“We propose to establish our settlement on the same principles of liberty as those adopted by the United States of America,” wrote Piet Uys, one of the leaders of the Great Trek by pious Cape Afrikaners into the African interior. In the interior, their ...


Thu, 14 May 2015 08:22:30 -0700

Freedom Front Plus Tshwane councillor Piet Uys said it was not clear what the municipality would do regarding the acquisition of more smart meters. "This formal termination of the project now leads to many more questions regarding the project," he said.
Mon, 02 Feb 2015 00:48:45 -0800

In my opinion, the Voortrekkers did the tribes who had been attacked by Mzilikazi a favour when, under the leadership of Andries Potgieter and Piet Uys, they defeated Mzilikazi and his followers and drove them across the Limpopo River. As was the ...
Times LIVE
Tue, 01 Apr 2014 09:22:20 -0700

FF Plus secretary general Piet Uys said his party did not support calls for Tlakula to quit. "The ongoing investigations must continue. We are standing a month from the elections so our opinion is that she must carry on with the job that she is doing ...
Independent Online
Fri, 30 Mar 2012 04:15:00 -0700

Msimang had earlier said that the DA represented more Afrikaners than the FF+, adding that the three FF+ councillors – Dr Conrad Beyers, Piet Uys and Philip van Staden – represented themselves. Beyers responded and said that Msimang was a “token ...

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