And here they are - two fellow Legionnaires, the two great prime ministers of Great Britain and South Africa, Prime Ministers, Winston Churchill and Field Marshal Jan Smuts, in the garden of 10 Downing Street, London, on 5 October 1943.
Dinge en Goete (Things and Stuff)
"Those who don't know history are destined to repeat it." Edmund Burke. What happened on this Day in History?
In 1908, General Smuts was confronted with resistance from the Indian population in South Africa, led by M.K Gandhi. Ghandi and the Indian community were protesting against compulsory registration as dictated by the Asiatic Law Amendment Ordinance of 1906, and were imprisoned. After writing to him from prison, Smuts met with Gandhi, and agreed to make registration voluntary, which became known as the Gandhi-Smuts- compromise.
Statue of Jan Christian Smuts, Cape Town
This statue of Jan Christian Smuts is to be found in the Company Gardens, Cape Town. Smuts was the Prime Minister of the Union of South Africa. Wikipedia entry
Allied leaders - Jan Christiaan Smuts (24 May 1870 – 11 September 1950) was a prominent South African and British Commonwealth statesman, military leader and philosopher. He was the only person to sign each of the peace treaties ending the First and Second World Wars. In addition to holding various cabinet posts, he served as Prime Minister of the Union of South Africa from 1919 until 1924 and from 1939 until 1948. He was a supporter of racial segregation and white minority rule.