He is generally regarded as the bravest of the Boer generals during the Second Boer War and as one of the leading figures of Boer independence. As a guerrilla, his tactics proved extremely successful. De la Rey opposed the war until the last, but when he was once accused of cowardice during a Volksraad session by President Paul Kruger, he replied that if the time for war came, he would be fighting long after Paul Kruger had given up and fled for safety. This proved to be the case.
Jopie Fourie: Ná sy dood was Fourie ’n martelaar. Smuts het vir sy ongenaakbaarheid betaal deurdat Fourie se dood ’n groot rol in die verkiesing van 1948 gespeel het toe Smuts se Suid-Afrikaanse Party deur die Nasionale Party verslaan is.
Josef Johannes "Jopie" Fourie as a young man during the Boer War (ages 20 - 23). He served as a courier rider and was wounded and captured. https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/af/thumb/f/f3/Jopie_Fourie_jonk.jpg/170px-Jopie_Fourie_jonk.jpg