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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 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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78 news items

New Era
Fri, 27 Jun 2014 02:11:15 -0700

The benefit of the Ekuru Hungi revealed that significant emphasis was directed to the decorated history of Piet Uys, Dirkie Uys, Piet Retief, Gerrit Maritz, Andries Potgieter, Louis Trichard, Vorster, Malan, Pienaar, Botha, etc.…. There was not much ...

South African Broadcasting Corporation

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 ...
Fresh Fruit Portal
Mon, 18 Nov 2013 19:01:55 -0800

Lourensford wine estate near Somerset West reported no damages to its vineyards or stonefruit orchards, manager Piet Uys told Farmersweekly.co.za. He said farm roads would need repairs, however. Somerset West, alongside Strand, was reported by the ...
Wed, 21 Aug 2013 20:44:24 -0700

FF+ secretary-general Piet Uys wrote to the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) to launch a formal objection to the registration of EFF as a party on August 16, saying the name was causing confusion on social media. Another letter followed quickly ...


Mon, 24 Nov 2014 07:27:27 -0800

... Currie, el denominado mejor jugador sudafricano del siglo XX en segunda línea, Frik Du Preez, 38 Caps y Johan Spies, 4 Caps, el tercera Thys Lourens, 168 partidos en Currie y 3 Caps, el medio melée Piet Uys, 12 Caps y el zaguero Tonie Roux, 7 Caps.
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 ...
Sun, 13 Feb 2011 09:38:56 -0800

For most of his international career De Vos played in the shadow of both De Villiers and Piet Uys. After the devastating tour of Ireland and Scotland when both internationals were lost, De Vos was sacked for 1965 tour of Australia and New Zealand and ...
Independent Online
Wed, 19 Jan 2011 00:55:02 -0800

“It is tragic that he died while on duty while he was trying to save another person's life,” said FF-Plus councillor Piet Uys. Knox's funeral service will take place on Friday at the Charis Church, Lavender Road, in Wonderboom at 11am. - Pretoria News ...

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