Die Tweede Dood van Robey Leibbrandt

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Die Tweede Dood van Robey Leibbrandt ("The Second Death of Robey Leibbrandt") is a play by Cas van Rensburg (1942-2018).

The original text

It was the first play written by Afrikaans journalist Cas van Rensburg and uses the story of takes a closer look at Robey Leibbrandt (1913-1966) [1] to undertake an investigation of the Afrikaner psyche and the identity crisis behind the ideals of the pure “volk”. Leibbrandt, the famed South African Olympic boxer, was infatuated with Hitler and became a WWII German secret agent, seeing himself as a freedom fighter against the British influence and political power within South Africa. Central to the plot was a scheme to murder General Smuts.

Performance history in South Africa

1984: Staged by PACT, directed by Chris Pretorius, with Ben Kruger (Robey Leibbrandt), Chris van Niekerk (Johannes van der Walt), Didi Kriel (Dokter) and Billy Second (Kabaret-meisie).


PACT theatre programme, 1984.

PACT pamphlet Let Us Build a Heritage, 1984/85.

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