Fritz Steyn (1913-1986) was an Afrikaans judge, diplomat, journalist, critic and playwright.
Born Frederick Simon Steyn in Wakkerstroom on 14 June, 1913. Went to school there till 1926, followed by the Hoër Volkskool in Heidelberg (matriculating in 1929) and the University of Pretoria (completed a B.A. degree at in 1932). Worked as a civil servant from 1933 to 1936, while studying the law and obtaining a LL.B. degree in 1934 at the University of Pretoria. In 1936 he joined the administration of the University.
He died on 10 October 1986
He wrote a number of prose works including Die Wereld wat Was (Nasionale Boekhandel Bpk., 1961)
His contribution to South African theatre, film and media
He was a member of Volksteater, serving on its management committee in the years 1937-1938.
His most famous play, the wildly popular Die Wildsboudjie (first performed by Volksteater 1940, filmed in 1946). The play was performed regularly over the years. A professional revival in 199* was a smashing success for Pieter Fourie.
See Du Toit, 1988
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